Despite being so dominant in bilateral matches, an ICC trophy is what the Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team has been missing. India failed to win ICC titles twice in the year 2023 and has lost 9 knockout games in the last 10 years. The current batch of Indian cricket team can be considered one of the best teams of the modern era; However, in the end, the team is always trolled for “suffocating” in crucial games.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma, while speaking to Jio Cinema during the first IND vs ENG test match in Hyderabad, stated that the team has done very well in the last three years and has won everything except the ICC trophies. Rohit said that is the only thing the team has not been able to achieve, but he believes that the time will come to do so as well. Rohit added that the team is focusing on what comes next and is not thinking about the past as it cannot be changed.
Rohit Sharma on failing to win ICC trophies
Rohit Sharma said, “The last three years have been fantastic. Except winning the final of the ICC trophies, we have won everything. That’s something we haven’t been able to achieve, but I think the time will come. All we have to do is keep a good mindset and not worry too much about the past, because you can’t change the past. What can be changed is what comes next, so we’re all pretty focused on that. “We are playing with all our hearts.”
India had a tremendous campaign during the 2023 ODI World Cup when they won 10 consecutive games before the final against Australia. However, it was just a bad day of cricket and India lost the ODI World Cup despite being such a dominant team in the competition.
Rohit Sharma, as a batsman, scored a lot of runs and was among the highest run scorers in the entire tournament. Rohit played all the matches with an attacking approach and started playing big shots from the first ball. Apart from being brilliant in batting, the highlight of the competition was the Indian pace attack.
The Indian pace attack of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj demolished the opposition batting line-up in every match and closed Sri Lanka and South Africa to less than 100 runs. Shami and Bumrah were the leading wicket-takers of the ODI World Cup and took 24 and 20 wickets respectively.
However, India now has the T20 World Cup 2024, World Test Championship and Champions Trophy in the coming years. The Rohit Sharma-led team will want to focus on all these upcoming ICC events and play like they did in every ICC tournament. The Indian team has to take advantage of the crucial moments in the ICC qualifiers and if they can do so, the ‘Men in Blue’ can win the tournament very easily.
Currently, India is playing against England in the five-match Test series, which is very important from the perspective of the 2023-25 World Test Championship.