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‘Kirsten had Rohit in India’s 2011 ODI WC plans but Dhoni wished…’: Ex-BCCI selector drops bombshell

Since their victory in the 2013 Champions Trophy beneath the management of MS Dhoni, India has been with out an ICC title.

India, led by Rohit Sharma, are set to take part in the upcoming Asia Cup, which is able to begin on August 30 in Multan, Pakistan. The Men in Blue will kick off their marketing campaign in opposition to their arch-rivals, Pakistan, on September 2 in Pallekele, Sri Lanka. This continental match can be collectively hosted by Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The competitors can be held in the 50-over format, serving as an ideal costume rehearsal for the upcoming residence ODI World Cup, scheduled to start on October 5 in India.

Since their victory in the 2013 Champions Trophy beneath the management of MS Dhoni, India has been with out an ICC title. Therefore, Rohit and his staff face a difficult few months with the Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup. Rohit, pushed by ambition, goals to turn into the third Indian captain to raise the 50-over mega title, following in the footsteps of Kapil Dev and Dhoni. It is price noting that Rohit was not a part of the squad throughout India’s triumph in the 2011 version, co-hosted by India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, beneath Dhoni’s captaincy.

Raja Venkat, a former member of the BCCI choice panel led by Kris Srikkanth in 2011, has not too long ago make clear the rationale behind Rohit’s omission from the squad throughout that point.

“When we sat to select the team, Rohit was very much in the scheme of things. Yashpal Sharma and I were in South Africa at that time because India was touring South Africa, and the other three selectors – Srikkanth, [Surendra] Bhave and [Narendra] Hirwani – were in Chennai. So, when we were selecting the team, numbers 1-14, every name was accepted by the panel. No. 15, we suggested the name of Rohit Sharma. Gary Kirsten also felt it was a perfect selection. But the captain wanted Piyush Chawla. So immediately, Kirsten somersaulted. He said: ‘I think that’s a better choice.’ So, that is how Rohit Sharma got left out,” Venkat not too long ago informed RevSportz throughout a freewheeling chat.

“We didn’t get a chance to talk to him, but again we were also disappointed that we couldn’t select him. But when the captain and coach wanted Piyush as the 15th member, we all accepted it. Initially, we had selected the 15 which we all felt was the right one. Unfortunately, we had to make one change, and we had to give it to the captain and the coach,” he added.

In 2011, India emerged because the champions, triumphing over formidable groups like Australia, Pakistan, West Indies, and Sri Lanka in the ultimate match. This victory marked their first title in 28 years. However, Rohit, sadly, missed out on being part of India’s victorious journey in 2011. Consequently, he’s now decided to guide his staff to victory in the upcoming October-November competitors. The residence facet will begin their marketing campaign in opposition to the five-time winners, Australia, on October eighth in Chennai.

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Nilesh Desai
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