The Desperation of Rohit: A Journey to the 2024 T20 World Cup

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The past month and six days have been a tough time for Rohit Sharma. He has had to move on from the World Cup final loss, lost his Mumbai Indians captaincy and might be making a T20I comeback for India as captain. He hasn’t played T20Is for India since the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-final loss.

As Rohit prepares for the Test series in South Africa, he was asked about his T20 World Cup prospects but didn’t commit to an answer.

Rohit was asked if the senior players see the series in South Africa and the T20 World Cup as ways to heal from the ODI World Cup loss. He talked about the importance of the South Africa series and everyone being eager to win there.

Then Rohit was asked if the same desperation exists for the T20 World Cup six months down the line. His response somewhat confirms his comeback is more than just speculation.

Rohit didn’t speak about the captaincy when asked about himself as a batter and captain over the next six months. “As a batter, I’m batting as well as I could. So yeah, whatever is in front of me, I would look forward to play whatever is in front of me.”

India’s first shot at glory, a balm if you will, starts in Centurion on Tuesday. Rohit spoke about moving on from the World Cup loss and the significance of this series.

“Up until that final, the way we played, you know, you expect to go an inch further as well,” Rohit said. “But unfortunately we couldn’t do it. That was the hard part for us, all of us, to take because honestly, all these years, we’ve worked really hard for all this. And then you saw in how we managed to play the first 10 games. And then the finals, there are certain things that we didn’t do well in the finals, which obviously cost us the game, but up until then, I thought there was not many things that we could point out that we didn’t do this right, we didn’t do that right.

“Moving on from a loss like that, it is hard. But there’s so much happening in life. There’s so much cricket happening. You’ve got to find that strength to move on from that. It took time for me as well to come out of that. But, you know, you gotta look forward. And honestly, we got a lot of encouragement from the outside world after that finals as well. And that motivated me personally to make sure I get up and start doing my job again.”

Rohit thinks a series win in South Africa could feel good to everyone due to its history. “We have worked so hard, we need something to show for it. We are working so hard. We need something big. Everyone is desperate for it. Not just one or two seniors. Everybody wants to get big glory for the country and the team. We have all the tools, we just need to play carefree cricket. Our endeavour is to play freely and not think about the past or the future.”

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