Jay Shah confirms Seniors’ participation as India targets Champions Trophy and WTC

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Rohit Sharma

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has confirmed that senior Indian cricketers, including captain Rohit Sharma and batsman Virat Kohli, will feature in the ICC Champions Trophy 2025. Quashing rumours of sidelining senior players, Shah emphasized their continued presence in the team.

Jay Shah reflects on the Seniors’ form in the World Cup

“The way this team is progressing, our target is to win the World Test Championship final and Champions Trophy. There will be a similar squad playing there. The seniors will be there,” he said while conceding that the transition period in Indian cricket has already begun after Rohit, Virat and Jadeja’s announcements.

“We won all games (ODI World Cup) except the final in 2023 as Australia played better. This time we worked even harder and played better to win the title. If you look at other teams, experience counts. From Rohit to Virat, all excelled. Experience makes a lot of difference, in World Cups, you can’t experiment much also,” Shah said.

“A good player knows when to say goodbye to the game, we saw that yesterday. You look at Rohit’s strike rate, it is better than a lot of young players,” he added.

Both Kohli and Sharma retired from T20Is after India’s T20 World Cup 2024 win against South Africa, focusing on longer formats. India’s next big targets are the 2025 Champions Trophy and the World Test Championship Final. With a strong bench strength, India aims to clinch these prestigious titles, showcasing their cricketing prowess on the global stage.

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