‘Life moves on’: Rohit Sharma breaks silence on World Cup final loss

The 36-year-old was the tournament’s second top-scorer with 597 runs

By Web Desk
December 13, 2023
Rohit Sharma walks off after the World Cup 2023 final. — ICC

India’s Rohit Sharma finally broke the silence and addressed how difficult it was to keep going, 24 days after suffering a heartbreak in the ICC World Cup 2023 final against Australia. 

Rohit, 36, was the tournament’s second top-scorer with 597 runs at an impressive 54.27 average and strike rate of 125.94. He was one of the biggest reasons why India managed to score big scores as he was providing them a rapid start.

India remained unbeaten before the climax, winning 10 out of 10 games, and were handed a one-sided defeat in the final by Australia courtesy of Travis Head’s historic innings.

"It wasn't easy to digest, but life moves on. You have to move on in life. But, honestly, it was tough. It was not so easy to just move on," Rohit said in his first interview since the World Cup.

"I have always grown up watching 50-over World Cup, and to me, that was the ultimate prize. We have worked all these years for that World Cup... and it is disappointing, right? If you don't get through it, and you don't get what you want, what you've been looking for all this while, what you were dreaming of, you get disappointed, and you get frustrated as well at times," he added.

The Hitman went on to praise his teammates’ efforts throughout the mega-event and stated that the team did everything it could.

"I thought we did everything we could from our side. If someone asks me, what went wrong... because we won ten games, and in those ten games, yes, we made mistakes, but that mistake happens in every game that you play. You cannot have a perfect game. You can have a near-perfect game. But you cannot have a perfect game.

“If I look on the other side of it, I'm really proud of the team as well. Because how we played was simply outstanding. You don't get to perform like that every World Cup. And I am pretty sure I am, at least, how we played up until that final, it would have given people a lot of joy, a lot of pride watching the team play," he added.