This Sunday, with a staggering 130,000 spectators at the Narendra Modi Stadium and the gaze of over a billion viewers worldwide, Rohit Sharma is set to lead India in the highly anticipated World Cup 2023 final against Australia in Ahmedabad.

At the age of 36, this may very well mark Rohit Sharma’s final opportunity to grasp the ODI World Cup trophy. Despite securing the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy, the significance of winning the ODI World Cup, especially with the tournament being hosted in India and the team maintaining an unbeaten record, adds a special dimension to his aspirations.

In preparation for the final, Rohit Sharma held a press conference in Ahmedabad, where he made several notable statements:

  1. Aggressive Cricket Style: Rohit delved into his aggressive cricket style in the World Cup, boasting an impressive record of 550 runs at a strike rate of 124. He emphasized his impact during the powerplay, amassing 354 runs at a strike rate of 133 in the initial phase of the game.
  2. Adaptability and Planning: Rohit shared insights into his pre-tournament mindset, stating, “Before the WC, I wanted to play a different way – I didn’t know what would happen, but I had plans for what if it comes off & what if it doesn’t – if you have seen the England game, I changed the game – that is how experienced players do, and I am prepared for any stage.”
  3. Emotional Journey: Reflecting on the challenging experience of being left out of the 2011 World Cup squad, Rohit expressed, “It was a very emotional and hard time in 2011, but I am very happy at this stage. I never thought I would lead the team in a final, but if you wish, that will happen.”
  4. Preparation with Rahul Dravid: Rohit shed light on his collaborative preparations with Rahul Dravid, which commenced in late 2021. The focus was on providing role clarity for players. “We started the preparation for this World Cup 2 years ago; we had role clarity and identified the players for each role,” Rohit emphasized.
  5. Positive Dressing Room Environment: Prioritizing a positive dressing room environment, Rohit stated, “I am very happy about the environment created by me & Rahul Bhai – players have responded well, without worrying about the outside noise or scores of a particular match.”
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Additionally, Rohit discussed the impressive performance of Mohammed Shami, the leading wicket-taker with 23 wickets in only 6 matches. He highlighted Shami’s resilience while on the bench in the first four games, saying, “It was tough for Shami not to play in the first half, but he was supporting Siraj & other bowlers – we had communication with him, and he was working very hard on his bowling.”