﹛﹛Throwback: When Rohit Sharma reacted to his 2011 ODI WC snub. Photo | AP/BCCL
﹛﹛Rohit Sharma wasn’t part of MS Dhoni-led India’s 2011 ODI World Cup squad
﹛﹛India became the first-ever host country to win the ODI World Cup in 2011 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy
﹛﹛Rohit had reacted strongly to his World Cup omission and termed it as a ‘setback’
﹛﹛Rohit Sharma is a household name in India and is undoubtedly a big figure in international cricket. The Hitman remains a white-ball legend, with 9,205 ODI and 2,864 T20I runs — along with 3 double tons in 50-overs and 4 centuries in the shortest format (most by an Indian).
﹛﹛Nonetheless, the journey hasn’t been all hunky-dory for the 34-year-old, who is now easily the second name written down in India’s XI in limited-overs. Rohit missed out on featuring in MS Dhoni-led India’s 2011 ODI World Cup squad and was left devastated despite being in contention for a place till India’s last series, versus South Africa in the African nation, in the run-up to the marquee event in the subcontinent.
﹛﹛Before the 2013 Champions Trophy, Rohit’s career had failed to take off and despite a plethora of chances, he couldn’t cement his place in the middle-order. Thus, Dhoni & Co. went ahead with Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan and Suresh Raina, overlooking Rohit in the process in their 15-man squad for the 2011 ODI World Cup.
﹛﹛Hence, a dejected Rohit took to his official Twitter handle to express his disappointment and termed his snub as a ‘setback’. He wrote, “Really really disappointed of not being the part of the WC squad..I need to move on frm here..but honestly it was a big setback..any views!”
﹛﹛Really really disappointed of not being the part of the WC squad..I need to move on frm here..but honestly it was a big setback..any views!
﹛﹛〞 Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 31, 2011
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﹛﹛Nonetheless, Rohit always managed to be in the scheme of things and remain a part of the pool of players marked by Dhoni-led team management even after their historic ODI World Cup triumph. After India defeated Sri Lanka to win the 50-over World Cup, following a gap of 28 years, Rohit soon became a part of the Indian middle-order and was promoted as an opener in the 2013 Champions Trophy, attaining a new lease of life as an international cricketer.
﹛﹛Since 2013, there has been no looking back for the Hitman. The right-hander has 40 international centuries and 77 half-centuries overall. He remains a regular in every format and was the leading run-getter in the 2019 ODI World Cup — amassing 648 runs, including five tons.
﹛﹛Thus, it is safe to claim that it has been a fairy-tale comeback for him after the initial struggles at the highest level. He also remains the most successful IPL player — with 6 trophies (5 as Mumbai Indians’ captain).