Australia gave a big setback to India’s hopes of winning a third World Cup title in an intense final in Ahmedabad last Sunday. The game started with India batting and scoring 240 runs, but Australia’s strong bowling quickly stopped their fast start of 80 runs in the first 10 overs.
Despite an encouraging start in their defense by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, the Indian hopes were dashed by Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, who forged a formidable 192-run partnership. Head’s brilliant innings of 137 runs off 120 balls and Labuschagne’s unbeaten 58 off 110 balls sealed the fate of the match, as Australia clinched victory with six wickets to spare.
“India came into the match as the strong team and everyone thought they would win. They had won all their previous games easily, including beating Australia by six wickets at the start of the tournament. Australia, on the other hand, had a tough start with two losses but then won every game after that.
In the match, Travis Head got out in the second-to-last ball of the game, bowled by Mohammed Siraj in the 43rd over. Glenn Maxwell, who had already taken the important wicket of Rohit Sharma and scored a fantastic double century against Afghanistan despite having cramps, sealed the win by scoring two runs off the first ball he faced.”
Post match celebration
After the match, there were different feelings on the field. The happy Australians rushed onto the pitch to celebrate with the joyful batters, while the Indian players looked disappointed as they walked off the field. During the presentation ceremony, the Indian players and team managers seemed sad, and Sachin Tendulkar, a legendary Indian batsman who was part of the last Indian team to win the World Cup in 2011, came out to talk to them. Tendulkar was also a longtime teammate of the Indian team’s head coach, Rahul Dravid.
“This Team has played superb Cricket”Sunil Gavaskar post-match comment on Star Sports
Sunil Gavaskar, an iconic figure in Indian cricket and a World Cup winner in 1983, shared his reflections in a detailed post-match commentary on Star Sports. Despite his evident disappointment, Gavaskar took a moment to acknowledge the remarkable journey of the Indian team throughout the tournament, playing outstanding cricket in all ten games leading up to the final.
Expressing a sense of melancholy, Gavaskar noted the team’s inability to take that crucial step that would have secured them the coveted trophy. However, he was quick to balance the disappointment with pride, commending the team for its sensational performance across all aspects of the game throughout the ten matches.
In his analysis, Gavaskar recognized the unpredictable nature of luck, conceding that sometimes things don’t go your way in the final. Nevertheless, he maintained a perspective of sportsmanship, emphasizing that there’s no shame in losing to a better team, especially one with a formidable record like the five-time champions Australia.
Drawing parallels with the ebbs and flows of fortune, Gavaskar highlighted the cyclic nature of victories and defeats, noting how India had emerged as the superior team on the day of their first match. Despite the ultimate loss, he expressed admiration for the five-time champions, lauding their expertise in clinching victories in the crucial final encounters.
Closing his commentary on a positive note, Gavaskar expressed immense pride in the team’s collective efforts and the joy they had brought to millions of ardent followers. His words served as a testament to the resilience and sportsmanship exhibited by the Indian team, contributing to the rich tapestry of cricketing emotions.
Virat Kohli – Player of the ICC World Cup 2023 Tournament
Virat Kohli was awarded as the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 Player of the Tournament for his outstanding batting. Scoring a record 765 runs in 11 matches, he broke Sachin Tendulkar’s 2003 record. Kohli’s average was 95.62, with a strike rate of 90.31, and he hit three centuries, including a crucial one against New Zealand in the semi-finals.
Walk-through the Remarkable Journey of Virat Kohli – The King Kohli ⤵️
Famous Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan shared a heartfelt message for the Indian cricket team after their loss in the ICC World Cup 2023 final against Australia at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday. Australia won the match by 6 wickets. Many other Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shanaya Kapoor, Asha Bhosle, Daggubati Venkatesh, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Vivek Oberoi were spotted at the stadium during the game.
Amitabh Bachchan on World Cup loss
Following Australia’s victory, Amitabh shared his thoughts on his official X account and commended the Indian team for their efforts. He expressed, “To Team India, last night’s outcome doesn’t define your talent, skills, and status in any manner. I’m proud of you. Better things are ahead. Keep going.”
Sachin Tendulkar’s Tweet after WC Final
Ravi Shastri shared note for Team India on Twitter
Shah Rukh Khan’s tweet for Team India post WC Final
PM Narendra Modi Tweet post-match
PM Modi appreciated the hard-word and praised the performance of Team India throughout the World Cup 2023. “We Stand with you today and always.” PM Modi.
Secuirty breach at World Cup Final
During the Cricket World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, a fan breached security, hugged Virat Kohli, and wore a ‘Free Palestine’ T-shirt. The incident happened in the 14th over, and the fan was quickly detained by stadium security. After removal, the match continued without delay. Earlier, Australian captain Pat Cummins won the toss and chose to field in this highly awaited match.