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Rohit Sharma still hurt with the India's World Cup Loss:- It has been exactly two months since India suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Australia in the World Cup final. However, Rohit Sharma, like many others, seems to still be struggling to move on from that loss. Despite leading India to a remarkable Test win against South Africa and a 3-0 sweep against Afghanistan, the pain of the World Cup final defeat still lingers for Rohit.
Before embarking on the tour of South Africa, Rohit had already acknowledged the difficult time he went through after the loss. While Indian cricket tried to move forward, Rohit seemed to be making progress as well. However, when asked about that evening in Ahmedabad, it was as if his wounds were reopened. Rohit stumbled over his words before explaining the significance of the 50-over World Cup and what winning it would have meant to him.
"I don't want to dwell on it now. You can clearly see the disappointment on my face."
The ultimate prize of them all holds an unparalleled significance. While the T20 World Cup and the World Test Championship are not to be taken lightly, our upbringing revolves around the 50-over World Cup. And when it graces India, it becomes a monumental event. Despite our best efforts, victory eluded us. The entire team and our devoted fans were disheartened. However, we now possess an opportunity to seize, and we will strive to make the most of it by claiming the World Cup," expressed Rohit to the official broadcaster after the match.
During his remarkable knock of 121 off 69 balls against Afghanistan, the Indian skipper showcased exceptional skill. What stood out was his implementation of reverse sweeps and switch hits. He left no stone unturned, attempting various techniques such as the reverse paddle and taps. With his first three attempts executed flawlessly, Rohit's perseverance paid off when he unleashed a powerful six off Sharafuddin Ashraf and secured a boundary from Qais Ahmad. Rohit, typically not one to venture into uncharted territory, confessed that he has been honing this shot for the past two years. He recognized the importance of thinking outside the box and staying ahead of the opposition.