How many did the hundreds Rohit Sharma Miss in this ICC World Cup 2023? At least five if not more.
But how many hearts did he win with his new no-holds-barred aggressive approach? Could be a billion. With a perfect balance between head and heart, Rohit has led India into the ICC World Cup 2023 the final of the tournament.
The high-risk approach cost him personal milestones but after putting the team on top of themselves, the “Hit-Man” didn’t deviate from his game plan on what he initially called a business mission. to complete unfinished` .
He will be 36 years and 203 days old on November 19, a day that could be his ‘last dance’ and essentially his last chance to win the under-50 world cup.
The next 50-over World Cup is a long way off and for someone who literally oozes practicality from every bone in his body, it would be a long shot to think he would be playing a 100-over a day game in 2027 at 40.
So November 19, 2023 could be the ‘Red Letter Day’ in Rohit’s 16-and-a-half-year cricket career with many misses and ups and downs.
“In the next two months, I want to create a lot of memories with this team,” Rohit told PTI just before the Asia Cup.
And the boy who has made some great memories in the last six weeks giving India his own customized version of `La Decima (10 in Spanish and Italian) in this year’s world cricket meeting.
Nasser Hussain revealed during his conversation with Sky Sports what Indian skipper Dinesh Karthik said after the final T20 semi-final at the hands of eventual champions England.
“We have to change our approach,” Rohit told Karthik, who was part of that squad.
A change of mind always leads to a change of mind and when the captain walks the talk it is very easy for others to follow.
When Rohit became the full-time skipper for the first time, in one of his previous press meets, he had said something very relevant.
“I won’t tell anyone to do anything that I won’t do myself,” Rohit said then.
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But Rohit has always been like that, said his youth coach Dinesh Lad.
“I remember an incident from his U-19 days. It wasn’t from a match. We were all standing somewhere and this gleaming Mercedes was parked on the other side of the road. Rohit looked at it for a while and said: `Yeh main ek din kharidoonga (I will buy this car one day`).
“I had to retort. I said, `Rohit kya paagal ho gaya hain tu. Abhi Kuch khela hi naahi hain tune (Are you mad Rohit. You haven`t played anything yet).”
Little did he realize that this was not your average 17 year old. And in less than three years, he had a luxury car in his garage after the T20 World Cup win. Lad himself admits that he never realized that this supportive but quiet confidence was in his ward.
“He was always selfless even when he was the captain of the school team. What you see today is not something that happened overnight. Forgetting his own milestones and playing a role for his team was what a success it was,” said Lad.
Lad said that Rohit faced a lull between 2009 and 2011 after the initial win in the 2007 T20 World Cup and the year-end CB Series in Australia, with the lowest point missing World Cup qualification.
“I remember him telling me, ‘Sir, you won’t have any complaints that I don’t work hard. I will spend a lot of time on my game’, he promised. And you can say, He kept his promise,” said the proud coach.
Those who come up through the ranks, facing a lot of hardship, know a lot about adjustments, and the Indian skipper is one such character.
“I am a disciple of late Ramakant Achrekar. He was my guru and would not take even a penny if the student was not talented. When I saw Rohit and he wanted admission in our school (Swami Vivekananda School Borivali)…
“The monthly tuition fee was 275 rupees and his parents could not afford that. I had to convince the principal and the school management and Rohit Sharma was the first talented player who gave a “free ship” . He was so talented that I couldn’t let him go.”
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A friendly character who is ready to stand by his player if he believes in him, he makes a player go that extra yard, as Shreyas Iyer put it succinctly after the semi-finals.
“I was under pressure but the skipper’s faith in me was very important. He told me that we (management) have faith in you and what is being said is beyond the noise,” Iyer told broadcasters about his captain’s role. turn
The most beautiful sight after India’s semi-final win over New Zealand was a curious Rohit with his hands up in the air, smiling as he looked at the sky.
The captain has done his hard work and it’s time for his teammates to win it for their skipper. You can’t wait for the captain to flash that smile. That is as valuable as the World Cup.
(With agency input)
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