Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian cricket team, understands the disappointment of an exclusion from the World Cup squad, as he experienced this frustration back in 2011. Fast forward 12 years, with India once again hosting the premier ODI tournament, Rohit now confronts the crucial responsibility of carefully selecting the optimal team composition. His objective is to lead his team to victory and finally clinch an ICC title after a prolonged period without one.
On Monday, Rohit informed the press,
“While picking the best combination, there will be guys who will miss out for various reasons and Rahul bhai (Dravid) and I have tried our best to explain to the players why they are not in the squad. We have tried to communicate with the players after every selection and playing XI that has been announced. We talk to them face to face, one-on-one why they have not been picked.”
He further added,
“It’s not like, I don’t like this person, so I am dropping him. Captaincy is not based on personal likes and dislikes. If anyone misses out, there is a reason for it. If you are the unlucky one, we can do nothing.”
Over the upcoming weeks, the Indian team will closely monitor the progress of their 18-member squad, which has been chosen for the commencement of the 2023 Asia Cup on Wednesday. It is anticipated that approximately 15 players from this group will be chosen to participate in the ODI World Cup scheduled to commence on October 5. Unfortunately, three individuals will inevitably experience the disappointment of not making the final selection despite coming so close to achieving it.
Rohit concedes that there will be occasions when the team administration might not have accurately judged player selection. He emphasizes that there exists a rationale behind including a specific player while leaving out another, and this decision is not influenced by his individual preferences.