Rohit Sharma Reveals Bittersweet Memories of World Cup 2011

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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is gearing up to lead India in the upcoming ODI World Cup that takes place in a couple of months. Rohit was the leading run-getter in the 2019 World Cup, with a record-breaking tally of 5 centuries and played a pivotal role for the Men in Blue. However, the 2011 World Cup was a bittersweet experience for Rohit Sharma.

Rohit Sharma opens up on the memories

Rohit Sharma also played a major role in India’s historic 2007 T20 World Cup triumph. However, he was not included in the 2011 World Cup team. Rohit has often spoken about how disappointed he felt about not being part of the side.

In 2011, India lifted the World Cup title on home soil which is a golden chapter in Indian cricketing history. India made their way to the top with the quarter-final against Australia, the semi-final against Pakistan, and the final against Sri Lanka.

Rohit attended one of the legs of the World Cup Trophy Tour, in Barbados and he recalled his bittersweet period during the 2011 World Cup.

“In 2003, India played really well up until the finals. You know, Sachin Tendulkar was amazing with the bat, scored so many runs. And then comes the 2007 World Cup where we didn’t have a great time, and didn’t even qualify after the league stage, so that was quite unfortunate,” Rohit said in Barbados.

“2011 was a memorable one for all of us, I remember watching it from home, every single match, every single ball which was being bowled and that was being played. There were two kinds of emotions, one was obviously I was not a part of it, so I was a little disappointed. I decided I was not going to watch the World Cup, but again, the second memory I remember was that India was playing so well, the quarter-finals onwards.”

“You know, the big quarter-final was against Australia. I know how the pressure is on all these players when playing these games. I can only imagine the pressure that each player must have gone through at that time, and then the semi-finals against Australia. It was a brilliant finish by Yuvi and Raina at the end,” he added.

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