Rohit Sharma makes excuses on ICC WTC final defeat

India lost to Australia by 209 runs in the final

By Web Desk
June 12, 2023
Rohit Sharma addressed the media after World Test Championship final - Twitter/@vivekraju93

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma made multiple excuses after his side lost ICC World Test Championship final against Australia at The Oval on Sunday. 

In a press briefing after the 209-run defeat, Sharma questioned the scheduling and venue for the final contest. 

"Why after the IPL final? Why cannot it be March? June is not the only month we should play the final," said Rohit who scored just 58 runs during the final. 

"It can be played any time of the year and anywhere in the world, not just in England, it can be played anywhere in the world," he added. 

In 2021, India lost the final match against New Zealand by eight wickets at Edgbaston. 

Meanwhile, the Indian skipper also suggested a three-match series instead of a one-off Test to decide the champions. 

"I would love that [a three-match final]," Rohit said. "But is there a time? That's the big question. Honestly, in a big event like this you need to have fair opportunities for both teams.

"A three-match series would be nice but it's about finding that window, where it can fit in. An event like this you work hard for two years and then you only have one shot at it," he concluded. 

During the next eight years, four WTC finals will be played, in 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031. The venues for the finals - barring the 2025 WTC final - have not been decided yet and though England is not locked in as a venue.