“Rohit Sharma Discusses Absence of All-Rounders Like Yuvraj Singh Ahead of Crucial ODI World Cup! Can India Finally Break Their 10-Year ICC Title Drought?”

As India eagerly anticipates hosting an ODI World Cup after a 12-year gap, the historic memory of MS Dhoni’s match-winning sixer that ended a 28-year championship drought is revived.

However, this time around, India has set its sights on a different quest: ending a 10-year drought of ICC titles. Recent World Cup campaigns have seen India stumble at the semi-final stage, succumbing to Australia in 2015 and New Zealand in 2019.

A pivotal figure in India’s triumphant 2011 World Cup journey was Yuvraj Singh. Often perceived primarily as a batsman who could contribute a few overs, Yuvraj transformed into a dependable all-rounder on home soil. He consistently delivered 7-10 overs per match, even bowling complete 10-over spells in four out of nine games, including all three knockout clashes. This versatility allowed then-captain MS Dhoni to include an additional batsman in the lineup—a luxury that the current Indian team is lacking.

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In stark contrast, present captain Rohit Sharma faces the challenge of not having top-five batsmen—Rohit, Gill, Kohli, Iyer, and KL Rahul—making significant bowling contributions. Consequently, India is compelled to field an extra bowler, leaving no room for both Kuldeep and Chahal. Notably, Chahal has even been excluded from the team.

Addressing inquiries during the unveiling of the Asia Cup 2023 squad, Rohit Sharma responded candidly, acknowledging the absence of all-rounders and stressing the need to work with the available resources.

“We must work with what we have,” he remarked, highlighting the necessity of operating within the confines of the current player pool. He drew a comparison to the 2011 team, which featured multi-faceted players, and humorously added, “This time around, we have to make do with the players we have; we can’t create bowlers overnight.”

Sharma’s playful response extended to suggesting that he and Kohli might even step in as bowlers. The light-hearted moment elicited smiles from those present.

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The India squad for the Asia Cup 2023 includes Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (Vice Captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Prasidh Krishna, and Sanju Samson (traveling backup).