India came close but fell short of capturing the much-coveted World Cup trophy. Australia played their greatest cricket of the competition at the Narendra Modi Stadium, leaving Indian fans devastated.
Sachin stated that the Baggy Greens played better cricket than the Men in Blue but applauded them for giving it their all throughout the competition.”Congratulations to Australia on their sixth World Cup win. On the most important day of the biggest stage, they played better cricket. Hard luck Team India, just one bad day in an otherwise sterling tournament can be heartbreaking,” Sachin wrote on X.
“I can imagine the agony of the players, fans and well-wishers and what they must be going through. Losses are a part of the sport but let us remember that this unit gave their all for us throughout the tournament,” Sachin added.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag hailed Australia’s management decision to stick with Travis Head even though he was on the sidelines for the majority of the tournament due to injury.
Shewag congratulated Australia for their triumph and wrote on X, “Many Congratulations Australia on winning the World Cup. They were the best side on the day of the finals. Travis Head was simply unbelievable, was the POTM in WTC finals, won the semis for Aus and played one of the best ever innings in a WC Final and finished the game.
“Australia’s decision to have him in the squad despite him missing the first half of the World Cup to injury was a top decision. We can hold our heads high for the effort our boys gave throughout the tournament, they gave us many moments of joy throughout the WC, but unfortunately weren’t able to cross the line in the finals.”
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah hailed the unwavering spirit and the never-die attitude of the Indian team.
“Although the Men in Blue may have fallen short in the Cricket World Cup 2023 finals against Australia, their journey has left an indelible mark of inspiration. From triumph to tribulation, each match became a testament to the unwavering spirit, determination, and skill of our team. Winning all 10 matches leading up to the finals, they showcased the true essence of cricket – a game that is as unpredictable as it is beautiful,” Shah wrote on X.
“The entire nation rallied behind our boys, transforming this World Cup into a nationwide celebration of cricket in India. The energy, passion, and unyielding support from the entire population were truly incredible. To every single member of Team India, I express heartfelt gratitude. Your dedication, hard work, and perseverance have provided moments of pure joy throughout this tournament. You’ve made us proud, not just with your victories, but with the way you’ve played the game – with heart, with pride, and with a never-say-die attitude. This World Cup wasn’t just about the wins; it was about the emotions, the camaraderie, and the indomitable spirit of Team India. Thank you for the joy and the unforgettable moments. Here’s to the Men in Blue – true champions in every sense. The journey may have ended, but the pride and love for our team will resonate forever,” Shah added.
Coming to the match, India was bundled out on a score of 240 in 50 overs. While chasing 241, India had the Aussies down at 47/3. Knocks from Travis Head (137 in 120 balls, with 15 fours and four sixes) and Marnus Labuschagne (58 in 110 balls, with four boundaries) left the Indian team without answers and guided them to a six-wicket win.
(With inputs from ANI)