In an interesting pick, the Cricket.com.au page excluded India captain Rohit Sharma from their World Cup 2023 team of the tournament, and instead picked David Warner as an opener and Virat Kohli as the captain of their XI. This led to a spate of trolling and bashing of Cricket.com.au by the fans of Rohit.
The league stage of the World Cup 2023 ended on Sunday. Ahead of the semi-finals, Cricket.com.au revealed their best team in the league stage round.
They picked Quinton de Kock and David Warner as openers, followed by Rachin Ravindra and Virat Kohli, who was picked as the captain of the side.
Aiden Markram and Glenn Maxwell were the two lower-middle-order finishers while Marco Jansen and Ravindra Jadeja were the two all-rounders. Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were selected as the lead pacers and Adam Zampa as the only spinner to partner Jadeja.
While Virat Kohli, Quinton de Kock, and Rachin Ravindra are the top three run-scorers in the league phase, the selection of Warner by Cricket.com.au over Rohit Sharma was a call that made the Rohit fans furious.
Rohit has scored 503 runs at a strike rate of 121 while Warner has scored 499 runs at a strike rate of 105. Rohit has 1 century and 3 fifties; Warner has 2 centuries and 2 fifties. Rohit Sharma playing an even more aggressive brand of cricket than Warner led to his higher strike rate compared to Warner, but it’s also the reason that Rohit has one century and Warner two. The fans of the Indian captain trolled Cricket.com.au.
Rohit Sharma fans troll Cricket.com.au for excluding Rohit from Team of the World Cup:
India defeated the Netherlands on Sunday to make it 9 out of 9 matches in the World Cup. India will play their semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday in Mumbai.
Rohit said: “Since we started the tournament, for us, it was all about thinking about one game at a time and playing that game well. We never wanted to look too far ahead because it’s a long tournament. It was important for us to break it down and focus on one game and play that well. That is what everyone did.”