Rohit Sharma had hard times after India lost the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand. Not only Rohit, but every Indian cricket fan would also have faced difficulty to move on from the Men in Blue’s defeat.
Although it has been over a year since that match, India’s vice-captain still has not come into terms to believe that how could they lost their match despite having the best players in the team.
The run-curtailed match, India had a usual fall of top-order losing three crucial wickets of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul within three runs. MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja gave the hope of winning but they also lost their wickets before taking the team across the finishing line. Eventually, India lost that match by 18 runs.
Recalling the defeat, Rohit Sharma said that it was a hard pill to swallow. Before losing the semi-final, India had won all the matches in league stages except England, who went on to lift the trophy. Rohit said that the team was in very good space before that match.
“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 was quoted as saying to India Today.
I want to win World Cups: Rohit Sharma
That one odd day ended many dreams of seeing the team lifting the World Cup trophy. The only thing that bothers Rohit Sharma is why they lost the match when they had the best players in the cards.
“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.
However, Rohit has moved on and is now focusing to lift the trophy in the coming World Cup campaign.
“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,” he added.
India is set to host T20 World Cup 2021 while also World Cup 2023.