T20 World Cup 2024

‘I had no understanding of what it was like to be part of a World Cup’- Rohit Sharma recalls participation in the 2007 20-20 World Cup for India

India kickstart 20-20 World Cup 2022 campaign against Pakistan on 23rd October 2022.
Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma: (Image Source: Twitter)

India’s highest run-getter in T20 internationals, Rohit Sharma will be leading the team India in a 20-20 World Cup for the first time in his long career.

It is worth mentioning that Rohit Sharma was part of the Indian team that played the inaugural edition of the 20-20 World Cup in 2007. Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, India created history as they won the title after beating Pakistan in the final.

Ahead of the 20-20 World Cup 2022, India’s current skipper, Rohit Sharma recalled what it was like being the youngest member of the team and winning the tournament at such a young age.

“When I was picked for that World Cup I did not go with any expectations about myself,” Rohit said in Melbourne on Saturday.

“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.”

A lot has changed since the inaugural edition of the 20-20 World Cup. Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma talked about the change in the approach of the teams in setting up targets and risk-taking ability in the shortest format of the game.

“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 said.

“Teams take more risks (now) without worrying about the result and I think that is a good way to play this format. It is something that our team is also trying to do. This is the kind of format where there is risk, but there are high rewards as well. We have got to be brave enough to take those risks and certainly be prepared to do that as well.”

India are set to take on Pakistan in their first match of the 20-20 World Cup 2022 on 23rd October 2022.

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