'Encouragement From Public Helped Me Recover From World Cup Final Loss': Captain Rohit Sharma

'Encouragement From Public Helped Me Recover From World Cup Final Loss': Captain Rohit Sharma

Rohit will make his first appearance for India, alongside Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, in the upcoming first Test against South Africa after the World Cup final loss to Australia in November.

Hrishikesh DamodarUpdated: Monday, December 25, 2023, 04:45 PM IST
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Rohit Sharma at World Cup Final | Credits: Twitter

Team India captain Rohit Sharma said that he could able to overcome from heartbreaking World Cup Final defeat due to support and encouragement from the public.

Rohit will make his first appearance for India, alongside Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, in the upcoming Test against South Africa after the World Cup final loss to Australia in November.

Despite winning 10 matches on the trot, including the semifinal against New Zealand, the Men in Blue failed to get hold of the coveted World Cup trophy following six-wicket defeat against Australia, who won record-extending sixth World Cup triumph.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the Boxing Day Test against South Africa, Indian captain said that he received a lot of encouragement from people that helped him to recover from unforgettable World Cup Final defeat.

"Personally I got lots of encouragement from the outside public after the World Cup, it helped me a lot to recover from the loss" Rohit Sharma said.

A day before, Team India coach Rahul Dravid said that players have already moved on from the unforgettable night on November 19 and shifted their focus towards what lies ahead, especially winning the Test series in South Africa.

'World Cup Is a World Cup, can't be compared' - Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma asserted that there's no comparison when it comes to the World Cup. However, the Indian captain is unsure whether his team would be able to compensate the World Cup Final with first Test series in South Africa.

"We've never won a Test series in South Africa, if we win the series, I don't know if it can compensate for the World Cup loss. World Cup is a World Cup, we can't compare".

The upcoming Test series against South Africa is crucial for Team India as they haven't won a red-ball series in rainbow nation in their last seven visits to the country since 1992.

Last year, India were leading the three-Test series against Proteas with 1-0, but the hosts bounced back in last two Tests.

Nonetheless, Rohit Sharma exudes confidence of his team winning their first Test series in South Africa, adding that the absence of Mohammed Shami will be felt during the upcoming the Test series.

"Very important Test series. We have never won a series here. It's a big opportunity for us. We came close the last two times. That gives us a lot of excitement and encouragement to do our best." Indian captain said.

"Our seamers have done well in Australia, England and South Africa.  The seamers have actually pull their weight in. Shami will be a big miss." he added.

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