Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir who has been keenly following the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 tourney has reserved the highest respect for Indian captain Rohit Sharma for being “selfless”, a trait which is important for a captain in order to bring the best out of the team.
Rohit Sharma has led the team brilliantly so far in the ongoing World Cup, which is also his first ODI World Cup as a captain. He will be looking forward to utilizing the available resources to better effect. Under his tutelage, Team India have won six games on the trot and they are the only unbeaten in the competition.
The Men in Blue last won the ODI World Cup back in 2011 when they defeated Sri Lanka in the final encounter to win the second ODI World Cup title. Since then, India ran through terrible defeats at the hands of Australia and New Zealand in the semi-finals of the ICC ODI World Cup 2015 and 2019 editions.
Rohit Sharma is not obsessed with hundreds: Gautam Gambhir
Meanwhile, the former Indian opener echoed that Rohit Sharma would have got 40 to 45 centuries by now before adding that Hitman is not at all obsessed with centuries in the first place.
“Rohit Sharma would have got 40-45 hundreds by now, but he is not obsessed with hundreds. Only a selfless leader does it first what he wants from the team. If you want a positive batting mindset from the team, the you got to do it first. That is called leading from the front,” Gambhir said on commentary during the World Cup.
“No amount of PR or marketing would get you that. You have to do it yourself and that is what Rohit Sharma has done in this World Cup. His average may not say that or his run tally might place him in the 5th or the 10th spot, but that doesn’t matter. But if you want to lift that trophy on November 19, that is should be your aim. Now you have to decide whether you want to score a hundred or win the World Cup,” he said.
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