It has been a long time since India won an ICC tournament. The last time the Men in Blue won a major tournament was way back in 2013 when they defeated England in the Champions Trophy Final. The closest India then came to winning an ICC title was in the 2014 T20 World Cup and 2017 Champions Trophy. Nevertheless, every time India have had to return empty-handed.
But now, as India are all set to host the 2023 ODI World Cup, a decade-long wait might finally come to an end. India will start the tournament as favourites as always. But it is to be seen if the Men in Blue can make the most of the opportunity they have. Once again Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will be crucial for India in their quest to win the title.
The two stalwarts of Indian cricket have been around for so long but have failed to bring the glory home. Now, India’s veteran Test spinner R Ashwin has addressed the talks surrounding Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli not winning an ICC title. Ashwin has suggested the fans be patient with the duo and also cited Sachin Tendulkar’s example to explain his point. Ashwin also stated that just because MS Dhoni won a title straightaway does not mean it can happen for everyone.
"It is easier to say you haven't won this, that and so on. But after the 1983 World Cup, the great Sachin Tendulkar played the 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cups. But he finally won the World Cup in 2011 only. He had to wait for 6 World Cups to finally win one. That was the situation for a stalwart of Indian cricket. Just because another stalwart in MS Dhoni came and won a World Cup as soon as he took charge, that doesn't mean it will happen for everyone, right?” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.