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“His presence is going to be very crucial”, Yuvraj Backs Rohit Sharma

Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh praises Rohit Sharma and says India needs somebody like him as captain.

The left-handed allrounder who was a part of India’s 2007 T20 World Cup winning campaign was named as ambassador of the T20 World Cup 2024 alongside Gayle and Usain Bolt.

Under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, team India finished as runner-up of the ODI World Cup 2023 and qualified for the semifinals of the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Despite his failure in ICC events, BCCI backed Rohit Sharma by naming him as the captain of the Men in Blue for the 2024 T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in the USA and West Indies.

As per the schedule, India will play their first match of the T20 World Cup 2024 on June 5 against Ireland in Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York.

“(Rohit’s presence is going to be) very crucial. I think we need a really good captain, a sensible captain who takes decisions well under pressure. And he’s the one to take them,” Yuvraj Singh told ICC.

India’s recent failure in ODI World Cup 2023 stretched India’s quest for an ICC trophy for 10 years long as India won their last ICC title back in 2013 under MS Dhoni by winning the Champions Trophy 2013.

Yuvraj feels India needs someone with Rohit’s expertise to lead the Indian team at the marquee event.

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh(Image: ICC)

“He was the captain when we lost in the (Cricket World Cup) 50-over final (in 2023). He has won five IPL trophies as a captain. I think we need somebody like him to captain India.”

Yuvraj Singh was an established cricketer while Rohit Sharma made his debut for the Indian cricket team as a teenager back in 2007. Yuvraj recalled some interesting moments that happened during that time.

Recalling his first impressing of the flamboyant opener, Yuvraj joked “Very poor English.” “Very funny guy. From the streets of Borivali (in Mumbai), we always tease him. But a great guy at heart.” Yuvraj’s final season as an active cricketer came under Rohit’s captaincy at MI.

“The more success he’s had, he has never changed as a person. That’s the beauty of Rohit Sharma. Fun-loving, always having fun with the guys, A great leader on the park and one of my closest friends from cricket.

“I really want to see Rohit Sharma with a World Cup trophy and a World Cup medal. He really deserves it.”

As per the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 schedule, India will play their first match of the tournament against Ireland on June 5 in Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York.

Rohit Sharma will be the captain of the Indian cricket team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 while Hardik Pandya will be his deputy.

As the tournament nears, all participating teams started to announce their squad, jerseys, training kits and support staff details along with ticket booking links for the global event.

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