Indian captain Rohit Sharma indirectly gave a hint about him making a possible return to the T20I side with the T20 World Cup to be hosted by West Indies and USA in June 2024. Notably, the Indian selectors looked to have moved on from veterans like Rohit and Virat Kohli in the T20 format after the T20 World Cup last year. The veteran duo are not a part of any T20I squad since then, with Hardik Pandya leading the new-look Indian team.
However, during the launch of CricKingdom Academy in the USA, Rohit Sharma said: “More than just going and enjoying, there is another reason to come here (in the USA). Because you know the World Cup is coming. In June, there will be the T20 World Cup (2024) happening in this part of the world. So, I’m pretty sure everyone is excited. So yaa, we look forward to that.”
Rohit Sharma also opened up on the importance of India winning ICC trophies and breaking the 10-year-long drought.
He added: “ICC tournaments are the ones you need to win, we will try our best like any other year to have the best chance to win the trophy for India.”
Meanwhile, India’s dreams of winning the ODI World Cup depend on arguably their middle order with the likes of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer still out of action after being injured. Iyer has been highly consistent for India in the middle order and there is a possibility that he can be added to the World Cup squad as well. However, Rohit Sharma claimed that Shreyas Iyer is on track to recovery and the team is hopeful of getting their star batter back soon. Meanwhile, Rohit will next feature for India in the Asia Cup 2023 where they will take on Pakistan in Kandy on September 2.
“Shreyas Iyer is on the track to full fitness, so fingers crossed for World Cup,” Rohit Sharma concluded.