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Rohit Sharma Leads India's Charge! Can Hitman Deliver More Glory?

Updated: Jul 12

Indian cricket fans are still buzzing after their team's phenomenal T20 World Cup victory! But the BCCI isn't resting on its laurels. On July 7, 2024, they confirmed Rohit Sharma, the mastermind behind the T20 triumph, will continue leading the Men in Blue in the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) cycle and the 2025 Champions Trophy.

This decision reflects the BCCI's confidence in Rohit's leadership. While he retired from T20 internationals after the World Cup, he'll remain captain for ODIs and Tests, aiming to replicate his T20 success in these marquee tournaments.

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Building Up to the Big Stage: Prepping for Champions Trophy and WTC

With the Champions Trophy in Pakistan (February-March 2025) and the WTC final at Lord's (June 2025), India has a busy cricketing calendar. Here's a look at the crucial lead-up fixtures:

  • ODI Series vs Sri Lanka (Home - December 2024): This limited-overs series (three matches against Sri Lanka) is a chance to experiment with different combinations and give fringe players a shot at the Champions Trophy squad.

  • ODI Series vs England (Away - February 2025): Right before the Champions Trophy, India travels to England for a three-match ODI series (three matches against England). This will be a crucial final hurdle to gauge their readiness for the big tournament.


Road to WTC Final: Redemption Beckons

India, the runners-up in the previous WTC cycle, will be aiming to go all the way this time. While the specific teams and fixtures haven't been finalized, India can expect to face top Test sides like Australia, England, South Africa, and New Zealand.

To prepare for the challenges ahead, India has a packed Test schedule:

  • Test Series vs New Zealand (Home - November 2024): A three-match Test series against New Zealand at home will provide a solid foundation for the upcoming challenges.

  • Test Series vs Bangladesh (Home - December 2024): India will play a two-match Test series against Bangladesh, allowing them to fine-tune their skills before the crucial away series.

  • Test Series vs Australia (Away - February-March 2025): The ultimate test awaits – a five-match Test series down under against Australia. This will be a true measure of India's batting and bowling prowess.


Can Rohit Sharma Deliver Another Trophy?

Rohit Sharma's leadership has been instrumental in India's recent success. His calmness, tactical nous, and ability to back his players have earned him the team's respect. Under his captaincy, India will be aiming to not only reach the finals of both the WTC and Champions Trophy but also emerge victorious.

However, the challenges are significant. The Champions Trophy's high-pressure knockout format demands a different approach compared to the WTC's round-robin format. Additionally, playing the Champions Trophy in Pakistan, a nation they haven't toured in recent years, adds another layer of complexity.

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Conclusion

With Rohit Sharma at the helm and a talented pool of players, Indian cricket is entering a new and exciting era. The upcoming WTC and Champions Trophy will be a true test of India's mettle and their ability to translate their T20 World Cup success into other formats.


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