Rohit Sharma’s mention of a potential USA World Cup appearance next year while abstaining from T20Is since India’s 2022 World Cup semifinal has intensified discussions about his retirement from the format.

Following the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have remained absent from India’s T20I lineup, while Hardik Pandya has informally stepped into the role of primary captain. Despite the lack of official communication from the BCCI regarding the future of these two cricket maestros in the T20I format, recurring reports suggest a perceived shift by the team management.

As anticipation mounts for the upcoming ODI World Cup just a mere two months away, India’s groundwork for the 2024 T20 WC appears to be in progress, as evidenced by their ongoing tour of the West Indies. Continuing a pattern spanning the past 10 months, both Rohit and Kohli remain absent from the ongoing five-match T20I series in the Caribbean, as India opts to showcase emerging talents.

During a recent event in the USA, a video surfaced featuring Rohit Sharma discussing the upcoming T20 World Cup. The forthcoming edition of this prestigious tournament is set to be co-hosted by the West Indies and the USA. Rohit expressed, “More than just going and enjoying, there is another reason to come here (in the USA). Because you know the World Cup is coming up. In June (next), there will be a World Cup happening in this part of the world. So, I’m pretty sure everyone is excited. So yeah, we look forward to that.”

While his potential inclusion in the Indian squad remains undisclosed, Rohit’s anticipation for the event is evident. Notably, Rohit has featured in all eight editions of the T20 World Cup, which commenced in 2007 in South Africa, marking India’s inaugural championship victory.

Last Updated on August 6, 2023

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