India’s cricket captain, Rohit Sharma, has his sights set firmly on winning the upcoming World Cup. He emphasizes that this prestigious tournament isn’t about personal achievements but about collective performance.
The ODI World Cup 2023 holds immense significance for the Indian cricket team. It provides a golden opportunity to secure their third 50-over World Cup title. India’s last triumph in the World Cup came in 2011 under the leadership of MS Dhoni. While the team reached the semifinals in both the 2015 and 2019 editions, they fell short of the summit clash. Remarkably, since the 2011 World Cup, host nations have consistently claimed victory, and India aims to continue this trend on its home turf.
With victories in the Asia Cup and the ODI series against Australia, India enters the World Cup with substantial momentum. The team appears to have addressed most concerns, notably the form of Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer, who put any doubts to rest with a stellar performance in the 2nd ODI against Australia. Shreyas Iyer notched up an impressive 105 runs, while Suryakumar Yadav blazed through with 72 runs in just 37 balls.
Rohit Sharma himself had an outstanding run in the 2019 World Cup, amassing five centuries. We expect the skipper to maintain the same level of excellence in the upcoming season. However, Rohit is resolute that individual records are secondary to the primary goal: clinching the World Cup.
In his own words, Rohit Sharma expressed his unwavering commitment to the team’s success. “We must win the World Cup Trophy; this is the primary aim. Whether I score one hundred, two hundreds, or even no hundreds in this World Cup 2023, we have to win the World Cup Trophy,” he said in an interview on Vimal Kumar’s YouTube channel.
India’s World Cup campaign kicks off on October 8 against Australia, followed by a match against Afghanistan on October 11. The much-anticipated clash with Pakistan is scheduled for October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Before these crucial encounters, India will engage in two warm-up matches against England on September 30 and the Netherlands on October 3.