After a compelling ODI World Cup final clash that ended with Australia emerging victorious, Indian captain Rohit Sharma shared his reflections on the match, emphasizing the team’s acknowledgement of falling short by 20 to 30 runs.
Rohit Sharma’s Assessment: A Few Runs Shy
In the post-match presentation, Rohit remarked, “I mean, the result has not gone our way and we know that we were not good enough on the day. But proud of the team. It was not supposed to be. Honestly, 20-30 runs would have been good.” The captain’s candid admission highlighted the critical nature of those additional runs on the scoreboard.
While reminiscing about the crucial phase when Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were at the crease, Rohit noted, “I thought when KL and Virat were batting, we were looking at 270-280 at that point; however, we kept losing wickets.” The acknowledgement of the missed opportunities and wicket losses showcased Rohit’s keen assessment of the team’s performance during crucial junctures.
Wicket Conditions and Late Runs: Rohit’s Final Thoughts
Rohit credited Australia for their stellar batting performance, particularly the impactful partnership between Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne. “Australia stitched a big partnership after losing three wickets. With 240 on the board, we wanted early wickets but credit goes to Travis Head and Marnus. They put us completely out of the game,” stated Rohit. The skipper recognized the brilliance of the opposition while reflecting on the challenges faced by the Indian bowlers.
In analyzing the conditions, Rohit acknowledged, “I thought the wicket got better to bat under lights. I mean, we knew under lights it would be better but I don’t want to give that as an excuse.” The captain’s refusal to use conditions as an excuse showcased his commitment to fair assessment. He concluded, “We did not bat well enough, and credit goes to those two guys in the middle for stitching that big partnership.”
Echoing Rohit’s sentiments, head coach Rahul Dravid concurred that India fell a few runs short. “We were 30-40 runs short. They bowled really well. The ball was stopping in the afternoon,” Dravid remarked, emphasizing the challenging conditions faced by the batsmen.