30 Jun 2024

What did Rohit Sharma say after announcing his retirement from T20 International; what Rahul Dravid said

Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma announced his retirement from T20 International cricket after leading the team to a World Cup victory, marking the end of a significant chapter in his career. He said that a cycle of time had been completed.

Reflecting on his journey, Sharma noted the poetic closure of his career, saying, "Someone just told me that when I started playing for India in 2007, the country had won the World Cup. Now I am leaving the T20 International format after winning the World Cup."

Recounting his early days, he added, "When I first played for India in 2007, I went to Ireland where we played a 50-over match. Immediately after, we went to South Africa to play the T20 World Cup. We won at that time and have won this time too. In this way, a cycle of time has been completed." 

Over the last 17 years, India has secured three World Cup victories, including two in T20 and one in ODI formats.

Dravid Praises Team's Performance Post-Coaching Tenure

Former Indian cricket team coach Rahul Dravid expressed his pride in the team's performance in the T20 World Cup following his departure from the coaching role. He extended his gratitude to captain Rohit Sharma, the team, and the support staff for their contributions to the victory.

Reflecting on his career, Dravid said, "As a player, I could not win the trophy (World Cup). I was not so lucky, but whenever I played, I gave my best. There are many players who could not win the World Cup. But I was lucky that I got a chance to become the coach of the Indian team."

Dravid emphasized the collaborative effort behind the success, stating, "I was fortunate that this group of our players made the victory possible. I enjoyed working with Rohit and this team. I am happy that we did our best." 

He also acknowledged the crucial role of his coaching and support staff, adding, "I was lucky that I got a group of coaches and support staff, thanks to whom we were able to win this World Cup."

Rahul Dravid faced the biggest pain in 2007

Rahul Dravid was appointed the captain of Team India for the World Cup 2007. During that time also ICC's Maha Kumbh was organized in West Indies. But Team India faced failure. The Blue team which was adorned with many great players was eliminated from the first round of the tournament. After which there was a lot of uproar over his captaincy. The situation was such that Dravid resigned from his captaincy.

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