As India gears up to host the entire ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 from October 5 to November 19, team skipper Rohit Sharma opened up about his cherished World Cup memories in an exclusive interaction with ICC on Monday.
The fervor for the upcoming World Cup is palpable. This was evident when the illustrious trophy made its tour to the breathtaking shores of Barbados, mesmerizing fans and cricketers alike. Led by Sharma, the Indian cricket squad had the esteemed privilege of viewing the coveted silverware, amplifying the team’s anticipation for the tournament.
Sharma’s emotions resonated as he remarked, “I have never seen it so close. Even when we won in 2011, I was not part of the squad… it looks beautiful and hopefully we can lift it, fingers crossed.”
The Indian captain took a trip down memory lane, recalling vividly his experiences and impressions of past World Cups. From reminiscing about Ajay Jadeja’s iconic catch in the 1992 World Cup to the heartbreak of 2007, Sharma provided an intimate insight into the influence of World Cups on his life. Notably, he shone in the 2019 World Cup, being the top-scorer with 648 runs, including a staggering five centuries and a fifty.
Delving into the challenges of the limited-overs format, Sharma shared, “One-day cricket, limited overs format is like that, that is where the challenge comes. You have to start fresh every day… I was in a great mind space at that point in time and looking forward to creating that again.”
With the World Cup returning to India after a 12-year hiatus, Sharma is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to play at the various iconic venues across the country. He remarked, “They all have their own charm and speciality, so I would like to embrace that.”
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour has been a source of enchantment not just in the Caribbean, but globally. From its foray into New York where it experienced a summer storm amidst a Subway Series baseball game between New York Yankees and New York Mets, to a warm reception in Papua New Guinea’s Gomore Village, the trophy has been an emblem of the World Cup’s expansive reach and legacy.