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‘I did not go with any expectations about myself’- Rohit Sharma recalls being a part of first ever 20-20 World Cup back in 2007

T20 cricket has come a long way since its inception many years ago.
Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Source: Twitter)

T20 cricket has come a long way since its inception many years ago, not only in terms of how fans perceive it but also in terms of how players approach the game. Only a handful of players have seen the transformation in the shortest format of the game. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is one of those few players.

The Indian captain shared his first 20-20 World Cup experience ahead of the 20-20 World Cup in 2022. He admitted that he knew little about the format back in 2007 and had no idea what it was like to be a member of a World Cup squad until India won the trophy.

“When I was picked for that World Cup I did not go with any expectations about myself. I just wanted to enjoy the tournament and play the tournament as it was my first ever World Cup. I had no understanding of what it was like to be part of a World Cup and how big it was going to be until we actually won the World Cup,” Rohit said while addressing the press in Melbourne.

It has been a long journey: Rohit Sharma

This year, Rohit will compete in his eighth T20 World Cup, and he will be one of four players, along with teammate Dinesh Karthik, who participated in both the inaugural T20 World Cup and this year. T20 cricket has evolved significantly over the years, both in terms of style and approach, Rohit stated

“It has been a long journey and the game has evolved so much. You can literally see how it is played now compared to what it was like in 2007. 140 or 150 was a good score back then and now people try and get that score in 14 or 15 overs,” he added.

From making his T20 debut in the 2007 World Cup to becoming one of the most important players in the team, Rohit has come a long way. The 35-year-old is all set to lead the team in a World Cup for the first time.

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