India lost the semi-finals against New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Old Trafford. 14 and half months have passed since that defeat. However, Team India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma has still not recovered from the effects of that defeat. Virat Kohli’s men were dominant in the league stage, losing only to England. With such a dominant display, they were thought to be one of the favourites to win that tournament.
However, things did not go as they would have liked, as India lost in the semi-finals against New Zealand. Indian batting order tumbled in the semi-finals. Despite, Ravindra Jadeja’s heroic innings and MS Dhoni’s half-century, India could not get over the line. MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020.
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Rohit Sharma recalled the memories about the tournament and said that India had all the required qualities in both the batting and bowling to become World Champions. However, the vice-captain still hopes of winning a World Cup irrespective of the format.
Rohit Sharma shares the after-effects of the World Cup 2019 semi-final loss.
“It was a hard pill to swallow and it wasn’t easy because of the team that we had and the cricket that we were playing in the entire tournament. In the lead-up to the WC, we were all in good form, we were also in good space mentally, we were enjoying each other’s company. Everything was going pretty well,” Rohit Sharma was quoted as saying to India Today.
“And one bad day in the office and we were out of the tournament. It’s very hard if you had to re-think about it. But again, the only thing that I wasn’t able to understand was despite having a team like that, we couldn’t go through. We had everything, we had good bowlers, batsmen.
But then, life moves on, you have to move on, there was so much cricket that was coming up after that as well. But I want to win World Cups, that’s my dream, be it T20 or 50-overs,” Rohit Sharma added.
Rohit emerged as the leading run-scorer in the World Cup. He amassed 648 runs in 9 matches at an impeccable average of 81. He smashed 5 centuries in the tournament against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa and England. Moreover, he was the first batsman