I would have definitely picked Rohit Sharma in the 2011 World Cup.


Rohit Sharma’s journey in the ODI World Cup has been quite interesting. He did not get a place in the team in the 2011 World Cup, whereas in the 2023 World Cup, he is playing as the captain of the team and has also scored the most centuries. At the same time, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has given a big reaction to Rohit’s ouster in 2011. Sehwag said that if he had been the captain or selector at that time, he would have selected Rohit for the 2011 World Cup.

The right-handed batsman did not get a place in the Indian team selected for the 2011 World Cup. The hitman had lost to players like Suresh Raina and Yusuf Pathan and was very unhappy with his non-selection.

On Wednesday, Rohit Sharma scored the 31st century of his ODI career and seventh century of the World Cup against Afghanistan. With his century, he broke many big records and now he has also become the player with the most centuries in the ODI World Cup. His inning of 131 off 84 balls helped India chase down Afghanistan’s target of 273 runs with ease and in just 35 overs.

Virender Sehwag explains why Rohit Sharma was not selected for the 2011 World Cup

Virender Sehwag during Cricbuzz show after India vs Afghanistan match.

If I were a captain or a selector, I would definitely have picked Rohit for the 2011 World Cup. But there is a lot of difference between current and current Rohit Sharma. He was not that experienced and ultimately picking a player is the decision of the captain and selector. You can pick only 15 players for the World Cup and at that time, Yusuf Pathan had played some important innings just before the tournament, which probably worked in his favor and Rohit Sharma had to be dropped.

Even though Rohit Sharma could not be a part of the 2011 World Cup, he took inspiration from that failure and achieved many great achievements and is leading India in the current World Cup as well. Fans would like the Rohit Sharma-led Indian team to win the World Cup like the 2011 team.