World Cup final: A history-making game for Rohit Sharma

ByVivek Krishnan
Nov 20, 2023 11:31 AM IST

After Kapil, Dhoni, could he be next? It’s the captain who is remembered, blamed. At stake today: a place in history for a star of Mumbai's school of batting.

Kapil Dev’s toothy grin at the Lord’s balcony and MS Dhoni’s game-clinching six over long on at the Wankhede Stadium are moments freeze-framed in our collective consciousness. These were events 28 years apart and in very different contexts, but simply by virtue of leading India to World Cup glory, Kapil and Dhoni belong to an exalted club of two. Of course, a World Cup campaign cannot be won on the efforts of a single individual, even if that entity is a force of nature who can bat, bowl and field like Kapil, or a calm and calculated leader with all the moves mapped out like Dhoni – both among the greatest cricketers this country has produced.

Sharma celebrates India’s semi-final win against New Zealand. (PTI)
Sharma celebrates India’s semi-final win against New Zealand. (PTI)
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