It's not what we did today but what we have been doing for the last 3-4 years: Rohit Sharma after win over South Africa

It's not what we did today but what we have been doing for the last 3-4 years: Rohit Sharma after win over South Africa


India captain Rohit Sharma during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Final cricket match between India and South Africa at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.

India captain Rohit Sharma during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Final cricket match between India and South Africa at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. | Photo Credit: AP

An emotional skipper Rohit Sharma said here that just like Rome was not built in a day, India's second T20 World Cup triumph was not a result of perfect execution of plans on the big day but was an outcome of the team's calm preparation over the last three years.

India defeated South Africa by seven runs in a thrilling final to end a trophy drought that lasted over a decade.

“I am completely lost and can't explain what kind of emotions I am going through. Can't put it into words. Let it sink in. I couldn't sleep last night because I was desperate and wanted it so much. But I handled myself well inside the field,” Rohit said after becoming the third Indian captain to win a global title after Kapil Dev and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“It is hard to put into words what we have done in the last three-four years. A lot happened behind the scenes, not what we did today, but what we did earlier,” the skipper said.

He has not forgotten the defeat in last year's ODI World Cup and knows that he has to bear the pressure.

“A lot of pressure games, and we have been on the wrong side of it. The players understand when the pressure is on, what needs to be done, today was a perfect example of that, we stuck to our guns.” The 37-year-old did not forget to credit the team management and his teammates for responding to his call.

“We really wanted this, a lot of people needed to come together, we are very proud of our players and the management who gave us the freedom and the trust to play. It starts with the management, the coach, the captain and the players.”

Virat Kohli's form

I had no doubts about Kohli's form. He has been playing with Virat Kohli for more than 15 years and was confident that his poor form before the final was not a headache.

He said, “No one had any doubt about Virat's form. He has been at the top of his game for the last 15 years. Whenever the opportunity comes, big players stand up. It is important to hold that end and for other players to play around him.”

He praised Patel's 47-run innings and said, “This wicket was not conducive for batting freely. He batted brilliantly, the experience of so many years came together and Axar's batting was important.”

I wonder how Bumrah does it day in and day out. It is difficult for a common man to describe the skills of fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, but even the captain feels that he is unable to describe his artistry.

“Jasprit, I understand you guys are trying to put it into words but I don't know how he does it, it's a masterclass. He puts emphasis on his skill which is immense and he is a confident guy. Fantastic player,” Rohit said about the player of the tournament.

Hardik was awesome

After a poor IPL performance for Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya put up a stellar performance in the T20 World Cup and was praised by his national captain.

“Hardik bowled a brilliant last over, I am proud of the boys. And also the fans from New York to Barbados and back home. Arrived late in India, but they have been waiting for a long time. We are very proud of what we have achieved today.” When the captain took a lap of honour with his daughter Samaira on his shoulders, the sense of satisfaction and glee was clearly visible on his face. Rohit Sharma deserved every bit of it.


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