India Wins T20 World Cup In Barbados! Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma Announce Retirement From T20s

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma took retirement from T20Is after India won the T20 WC Triumph creating history after 13 long years

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India Wins T20 World Cup In Barbados! Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma Announce Retirement From T20s
Two of India's cricketing legends, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, announced their retirements from T20 internationals on Saturday, shortly after India secured their second T20 World Cup victory. Kohli revealed his decision minutes after the historic win, while Rohit announced his retirement during the official post-match press conference. Despite stepping away from T20Is, Rohit confirmed his continued commitment to representing India in ODIs and Tests.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma With t20 World Cup

Rohit Sharma played a pivotal role in India's victorious campaign, notably with his explosive 41-ball 92-run innings against Australia in the Super 8s, a performance that will be remembered for years. Expressing his deep desire for the title, Rohit said, "This was my last game as well. No better time to say goodbye. I wanted this trophy badly. It's very hard to put into words." He added, "This is what I wanted, and it happened. I was very desperate for this in my life. Happy that we crossed the line this time."

This announcement came on the heels of India's second T20 World Cup title, a victory that filled the nation with immense pride and joy. Rohit's retirement marks the end of an illustrious T20I career, during which he became the format's highest scorer, amassing 4231 runs in 159 matches and holding the record for the most centuries in T20 internationals, with five to his name. His T20I journey began with the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, where he was a key player in India's first title win. As captain, he has now led India to their second title, further cementing his legacy.

The final match against South Africa was a thrilling contest, with India defending a target of 176 runs. Despite needing 30 runs from the last 30 deliveries, the Proteas seemed poised to win. However, India's bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, and Arshdeep Singh, held their nerve in the crucial moments. Pandya, in particular, shone in the final over, successfully defending 16 runs and sealing a dramatic seven-run victory for India.

This triumph was especially significant for Rohit, who has experienced both highs and lows in his cricketing career. The win was a testament to his leadership, resilience, and unwavering determination. Reflecting on his journey, Sharma said, "I've loved every moment of this. I started my India career playing this format. This is what I wanted; I wanted to win the cup."

Rohit's retirement follows that of his long-time teammate, Virat Kohli, who also announced his departure from T20 internationals after the World Cup. Together, Sharma and Kohli have been pillars of Indian cricket, their contributions instrumental in numerous victories over the years. Their retirements mark the end of an era, leaving behind a legacy of exceptional performances and unforgettable moments in Indian cricket.

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