Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma discusses team plans post ODI victory, hints at World Cup excitement, and addresses retirement talks, shedding light on his anticipated role in upcoming tournaments.
Following India’s recent victory against the West Indies in the One Day International (ODI) series, Rohit Sharma, the captain across all formats, has discussed his upcoming plans with the team led by Virat Kohli at a promotional event held in the United States. Known as the Hitman, experienced opener Rohit took over the role of all-format captain from former skipper Virat Kohli in 2021. Under his guidance, India reached the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 last year.
Under Rohit’s leadership, India also participated in the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) against Australia at The Oval. Having competed in consecutive finals of ICC events, the Indian team is eager to break their championship drought in the 2023 edition of the ODI World Cup, which will take place on home soil. The question remains: Will the 2023 World Cup mark Rohit’s farewell from the game? Shedding light on this matter, the 36-year-old cricketer opened up about retirement discussions after the ODI series against the West Indies. In a video shared on Twitter, Rohit expressed his thoughts on the USA co-hosting the 2024 World Cup. He confirmed his anticipation for the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup, which will be hosted in the United States.
Rohit stated, “Beyond just the enjoyment, there’s another reason to visit the USA. The World Cup is approaching. In June, the T20 World Cup (2024) will take place in this part of the world. So, I’m sure everyone is excited. We are certainly looking forward to it.”
Rohit, an essential figure for India in all formats, was rested during the five-match T20I series against the West Indies in the year of the ODI World Cup. In his absence, all-rounder Hardik Pandya took on the role of leading the Indian team, especially in shorter formats. Speculation has arisen that Hardik might succeed Rohit as the next captain for white-ball cricket. Nonetheless, Rohit had previously stated that he has no intentions of retiring from the shortest format of the game.
Rohit had explained, “Currently, it was clarified in the past that this is a 50-over World Cup year for us. Some players cannot manage all formats due to the schedule. There were consecutive matches, so we decided to consider the workload of certain players and provide them with sufficient rest and management. I certainly fall into that category as well,” as he addressed reporters in a press conference.