India opener Rohit Sharma. (Source: Twitter)

The year 2011 is considered one of the best and remarkable ones for the Indian cricket fans but the story isn’t the same for the current limited-overs vice-captain and opener Rohit Sharma.

The right-handed batsman in an exclusive conversation with former England skipper Kevin Pietersen revealed that the lowest point of his career was not getting picked for the 2011 World Cup that India eventually won at home.

“Not getting picked for the 2011 World Cup squad was the saddest moment,” Rohit told Pietersen in a live chat on Instagram.

India lifted the World Cup for the second time in history in 2011 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. They earlier won it in 1983 after beating West Indies under the leadership of Kapil Dev.

Sharma though was a part of the World T20 2007 that India won after beating Pakistan in South Africa while played an integral role in India’s successful triumph in the Champions Trophy 2013.

He was the vice-captain of the Indian team in the 2019 World Cup which The Men in Blue concluded as the semi-finalists. They lost to New Zealand in the semis.

India had a brilliant run in the 2011 World Cup despite losing to South Africa and ending a match in a tie against England. They defeated Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the quarter-final, semis and the final respectively to lift the trophy. Gautam Gambhir scored 97 while Dhoni remained unbeaten at 91 to take India over the line.