Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohammed Shami are receiving praise as the heroes of India’s impressive 70-run triumph over New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2023 semi-final. However, former England captain Nasser Hussain contends that the true hero of the Indian team is none other than captain Rohit Sharma.

Virat Kohli (117) and Shreyas Iyer (108) played instrumental roles in propelling India to a formidable total of 397/4 in 50 overs. Following that, Mohammed Shami showcased a remarkable display of fast bowling, initiating with the crucial dismissals of openers Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra. When the match reached a pivotal juncture with Daryl Mitchell and Kane Williamson exhibiting impressive batting, Shami delivered match-winning blows, securing a total of seven wickets.

Despite the headlines focusing on Kohli, Iyer, and Shami, Nasser Hussain contends that Rohit Sharma deserves the credit as the genuine hero of the Indian team. Hussain highlighted Rohit’s transformative impact on the team’s culture, emphasizing his leadership and aggressive batting style.

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“While the headlines tomorrow will center around Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohammed Shami, the true hero of this Indian team is Rohit Sharma. He has altered the culture of the team,” remarked Hussain.

Reflecting on Rohit’s leadership post a challenging ICC T20 World Cup 2023 semi-final loss to England, Hussain underscored Rohit’s decision to recalibrate the team’s batting approach. According to Hussain, Rohit’s consistently aggressive mindset, evident in both group stage and knockout matches, has been instrumental in shaping the team’s overall outlook.

In the recent semi-final against New Zealand, Rohit exemplified his aggressive approach by amassing 47 runs off 29 balls, featuring four boundaries and numerous sixes. According to Hussain, Rohit’s proactive batting style sends a clear message to the team, reinforcing the commitment to maintaining an aggressive mindset, particularly in crucial knockout encounters.