Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin of the Indian cricket team recalled the devastating moments that followed India’s loss to Australia in the Cricket World Cup 2023 final. India entered the summit match undefeated in the competition, but Australia completely outclassed India, winning a record-tying sixth World Cup thanks to outstanding bowling and Travis Head performances. In a recent conversation, Ashwin claimed that following the loss, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both broke down in tears.
“Rohit And Virat Were Crying”: Ashwin
“Yes, we felt the pain. Rohit and Virat were crying. Seeing that it felt bad. Anyways, not meant to be. This team was an experienced team. Everybody knew what to do. And then, it was professional. Everybody knew their routines, warm-ups. I think two natural leaders gave the team the space to do these two ( Kohli and Rohit) and created a vibe,” said Ashwin on his YouTube channel.
Despite India’s finish as runners-up in the Cricket World Cup 2023. Rohit was highly praised for both his captaincy and his explosive top-order batting. Rohit is someone who knows all the other players, Ashwin said. Adding that he goes above and beyond to learn more about them.
“Everyone who watches Indian cricket will tell you that MS Dhoni is among the best captains in the sport. Rohit Sharma is a remarkable individual. He knows what each of us likes and dislikes, and he is aware of every member of the team. Rohit comprehends a great deal. He makes an attempt to get to know every member on a personal level,” said Ashwin.
Meanwhile, Ashwin made an interesting observation regarding Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians – the two most successful team in IPL history – and their philosophy on players release.
“Trading so many players or releasing so many players is not a well-known practice so far in the IPL. Because if you look at these IPL teams and talk to them, especially with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, there has been a trend. They have never given players, they have only taken players. And they have five titles each. That’s a proper platform that they have built their franchise on,” Ashwin said on his youtube channel.