“It took me two to three days to realise that we lost the final,” Rohit Sharma opens up on CWC loss

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian cricket team, recently opened up about the heartbreak of losing the ODI World Cup final to Australia in 2023. The match took place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19, 2023. Despite the team’s confidence and a 10-match winning streak leading up to the final, India lost to Australia by 7 wickets.

Rohit Sharma reflects on CWC loss

In a candid interaction with Adidas India, Rohit Sharma shared his feelings and thoughts after the devastating loss. He revealed that he was so disoriented and upset that he asked his wife the next morning if the loss was just a bad dream. He said, “When I woke up the next day after the World Cup Final, I had no idea what happened last night. I was discussing it with my wife and told ‘Whatever happened last night was a bad dream, right?”

Rohit Sharma also shared that he did not want to be on the cameramen’s radar moments after the final. He ran outside the field of play and gave himself a couple of moments to reflect. He expressed his frustration and anger at himself for not being able to secure the trophy that the team so badly wanted.

“It took me two to three days to realise that we lost the final and that we will get another chance only four years later,” Rohit added.

“I ran. I was in no mood to stand there in the middle. Honestly, I just wanted this so badly. When you want something that desperately and you don’t get it, you get frustrated, you get angry and you get all these negative things. At that time, you won’t even understand what’s happening in your life,” Rohit added.

India headed into the World Cup final as favourites at home. However, Pat Cummins-led Australia completely outplayed India on a sluggish pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Rohit hit 47 off 31, giving India a great start after they were sent into bat. However, his wicket in the 10th over sucked the momentum out of India’s innings. The hosts were bundled out for 240 in their quota of 50 overs. Travis Head then went on to score a hundred to help Australia lift the World Cup for the sixth time in men’s cricket history.

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