On retirement, Rohit Sharma said- What can be better than bidding adieu with the World Cup trophy won?

Bridgetown. Indian captain Rohit Sharma never thought of retiring from T20 cricket but like Virat Kohli, he took this decision to make way for the younger generation and said that what can be better than retiring with the World Cup trophy. Talking to select media after defeating South Africa by seven runs in the final, Rohit said that there could not be a better time to quit T20 international cricket, although he said that he will continue playing IPL.

He said, “I don’t take decisions about my future like this. I do what I feel good about from within. I don’t think much about the future. Even after the ODI World Cup last year, I didn’t think whether I would play this World Cup or not.” He said, “I never thought that I would retire from T20. But the circumstances are perfect. It is better to bid farewell after winning the World Cup.” Rohit said that this victory was written in the stars. He said, “Whatever is written is going to happen. It was written but we don’t know when it was written. Otherwise, we would have come comfortably and said that it is written, it will happen.”

He said, “It is important that everything goes well. At one point of time we were behind in the match and thought we would win easily.” Rohit was also a member of the team that won the first World Cup in 2007 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Talking about his journey, he said, “I was told that when I started in 2007, we had won the World Cup and now I am bidding farewell with the World Cup. The circle of life has come full circle. I am very happy. I was 20 years old at that time. I tell the players to play their role. I used to bat at number five or six at that time.”

He said, “Now I understand the game better. I have played for so many years. This journey has been great. I always try to win matches, titles for India. I don’t know if this is the greatest victory or not but it is one of the greatest.” Earlier, while talking to the broadcaster, he had said, “I cannot tell how I am feeling right now. I cannot tell in words. I could not sleep last night. I wanted to win at any cost.” He said, “It is difficult to tell how hard we have worked in the last three-four years. It is not just about today, there is three-four years of hard work behind this.” He had not forgotten the defeat in the ODI World Cup final last year.

He said, “We could not win in many pressure matches. Players know what to do under pressure and today was a perfect example of that. We stood together.” Rohit said that Virat Kohli and coach Rahul Dravid also deserve the credit for this title. He said, “Rahul bhai deserved this trophy more than all of us. What he has done for Indian cricket in the last 20-25 years, only winning the World Cup was left. On behalf of the entire team, I am very happy that we could win for him.” He said, “Virat has been a champion cricketer. We all know what he has done for us. At one time everyone has to retire and Virat was very clear about this. I am very happy for him that he batted like this in the final.

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