Rohit Sharma’s Reluctance to Retire from T20Is Post World Cup Victory

In a heartfelt revelation, Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma admitted he never planned to retire from T20 Internationals, even as he announced his decision following India’s victorious T20 World Cup 2024 campaign. The Men in Blue clinched the title by defeating South Africa by seven runs in a thrilling final at Kensington Oval in Barbados, marking a significant achievement in Indian cricket.

Rohit Sharma Reflects on His Unexpected Decision

Rohit Sharma, known for his swashbuckling batting style and strategic acumen, opened up about his retirement decision, which came as a surprise to many. “I don’t make decisions like this about my future. Whatever I feel is right from inside I try to do that. I don’t think much about the future or whether I would play this World Cup after the ODI World Cup last year,” said the 37-year-old cricketer.

Expressing his initial reluctance, Rohit added, “I never thought that I would retire from T20s. But the situation is such, I thought it is the perfect situation for me. Nothing better than winning the cup and saying goodbye.” This sentiment highlights Rohit’s desire to leave the format on a high note, celebrating one of Indian cricket’s most significant achievements.

A Stellar T20I Career

Rohit Sharma leaves behind a remarkable legacy in T20 Internationals. Accumulating 4231 runs from 159 matches, he boasts five centuries and 32 fifties, solidifying his status as one of the format’s greatest batsmen. His contribution to the Indian team has been immense, often providing the crucial starts that set the tone for India’s innings.

Virat Kohli, another cornerstone of Indian cricket, also recently retired from T20Is. In 125 matches, Kohli scored 4188 runs at an impressive average of 48.69, with a highest score of 122. Despite their retirements from T20Is, both Rohit and Kohli will continue to be active in the IPL and other international formats, ensuring their presence in the cricketing world remains impactful.

Dedication to Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli

In his announcement, Rohit dedicated the T20 World Cup victory to Indian head coach Rahul Dravid and teammate Virat Kohli. “More than any one of us, Rahul bhai deserved that trophy. What he has done for Indian cricket for the past 20-25 years, I think this was the only thing that was left in his cabinet. I am very happy from all of us on behalf of the entire team that we could actually do this for him,” Rohit stated, acknowledging Dravid’s unwavering contributions to Indian cricket.

Speaking about Kohli, Rohit added, “Look, Virat has been a champion player without a doubt. And we all know what he has done for us. At some point everyone has to say goodbye to the game and Virat was very clear that this is what he wanted to do and he was very clear before the start of the tournament as well. I am very happy for him that he batted like he did in the finals.”

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