Indian captain Rohit Sharma, known for his candid and entertaining demeanor, showcased his charm during a post-match press conference following India’s triumph in the Asia Cup 2023. As jubilant fans outside burst crackers in celebration, Rohit responded with a million-dollar reaction.
Rohit’s press conference, held after India secured their record-extending eighth Asia Cup title, was momentarily disrupted by the sound of crackers being set off by exuberant fans nearby. In response, Rohit offered a witty and heartwarming reply that endeared him to everyone present.
With a twinkle in his eye, Rohit jokingly suggested that those setting off the crackers should reserve their celebrations for when India wins the ODI World Cup in 2023. His playful comment elicited laughter from the media personnel in the room.
As Rohit reflected on India’s victory in the Asia Cup, he was briefly interrupted by the cacophony of bursting crackers. He said, “It gives us a lot of confidence to come here and win a tournament like this, through the tournament we saw a lot of…” before playfully adding, “Arey World Cup jeetne ke baad photo ye sab… (burst crackers after we win the World Cup).”
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Rohit’s infectious smile reflected the joy of India’s first major trophy in five years. The last major title the Indian team had lifted was the Asia Cup in 2018, under Rohit’s captaincy.
In the final showdown in Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium, India outclassed Sri Lanka, restricting the co-hosts to a meager total of 50 runs, largely thanks to Mohammed Siraj’s sensational spell of 6/21.
In response, the dynamic duo of Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill effortlessly chased down the target of 51 runs in just 6.1 overs. This victory marked India’s shortest successful chase in ODI history and their fifth overall in the fifty-over format. Following their Asia Cup triumph, Rohit Sharma and the Indian team are now gearing up for the ODI World Cup 2023.
India’s journey in the home World Cup commences on October 8 against Australia. Before the World Cup, India will engage in a three-match ODI series against Australia at home, starting on September 22. The Indian team will regroup in Mohali on September 20 for preparations after their return from Colombo.