Video: Rohit did not want to retire from T20, then why did he suddenly take this decision

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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Bridgetown. The Indian team won the title by defeating South Africa in the ICC T20 World Cup final. Captain Rohit Sharma had never thought of retiring from T20 cricket, but he took this decision to make way for the younger generation like Virat Kohli. After becoming the world champion, the captain said that what could be better than retiring with the World Cup trophy.

Speaking to the media after India beat South Africa by seven runs in the final, Rohit said there couldn't have been a better time to quit T20 international cricket, although he said he would continue playing IPL. “I don't take decisions about my future just like that. I do what I feel good about from within. I don't think much about the future. Even after the ODI World Cup last year, I didn't think whether I would play this World Cup or not,” he said.

He said, “I never thought that I would retire from T20. But the circumstances are perfect. It is better to bid farewell after winning the World Cup. Whatever is written is going to happen. It was written, but we did not know when it was written. Otherwise we would have comfortably come and said that it is written, it will happen. It is important that everything is right. At one time we were behind in the match and it seemed that they would win easily.”

Rohit was also a part of the team that won the first World Cup in 2007 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Talking about his journey, he said, “I was told that when I started in 2007, we had already won the World Cup and now I am bidding farewell with the World Cup. The circle of life has come full circle. I am very happy. I was 20 years old at that time. I tell the players to play their role. I used to bat at number five or six at that time.”

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