Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Following disappointment of the recent ICC ODI World Cup 2023 final loss to Australia, India’s ICC title drought extended to ten years. The Men in Blue had their last triumph in the Champions Trophy in 2013 under MS Dhoni’s leadership.

Meanwhile, Team India skipper Rohit Sharma remains confident that their long-sought ICC trophy is within reach, despite a decade-long pursuit.

“The last three years have been great. Apart from securing ICC trophy finals, we have triumphed in every other aspect. Winning is a mindset, and I believe our time will come. We need to focus on the present, not dwell on the past, as we cannot change it. Our collective focus is on the future; we are playing our hearts out,” said Rohit during a recent interaction.

“I aimed to instill a change, encouraging players to play with freedom. I wanted to remove the obsession with statistics from this team. Numbers are overrated in India and we talk a lot about those. I scored five hundreds in the 2019 World Cup, but we still lost. The hundreds don’t matter. I may reflect on them 20 years later after retirement, but what we needed was the trophy. Individual accomplishments are secondary. Team sports are about winning trophies, not about personal milestones,” the aggressive batter added.