IND vs AUS: : The wait continues for the Indian team as they lost the World Cup 2023 Final to Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium on November 19. The setting was perfect for the Indian team to get their hands on the illustrations World Cup title, but it was just not meant to be India’s day in the business.
India’s perfect run in the World Cup 2023 didn’t turn out to be a memorable memory for the Men in Blue as they crumbled against Australia in the Final when it mattered the most. India faced a six-wicket defeat against Australia, who became the World Champions for the record sixth time.
Although India had their moments in the game, all those were short-lived as the Aussies completely outplayed the hosts. Travis Head scored a match-winning century in the chase against India’s 240-run total and that really sealed the game for Australia, while Marnus Labuschagne played a gritty unbeaten knock of 58 runs to take his side home.
The scenes after India’s loss were certainly not something which any true Indian would have liked. Emotions from all the faces present in the venue were on display, most of them having a feeling of disappointment, while only a handful cheered and celebrated.
Indian coach Rahul Dravid said it was tough for him to see his boys emotional after such a rigorous show all over the last few weeks. Captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and KL Rahul couldn’t believe what they suffered. Mohammad Siraj was in tears as he was consoled by Jasprit Bumrah on his way back to the dressing room.
IND vs AUS: It’s tough to see boys emotional: Rahul Dravid
“Yeah, of course, he’s (Rohit Sharma) disappointed, as are many boys in the dressing room,” said Rahul Dravid after India’s six-wicket loss to Australia. “It wasn’t, yeah, there were a lot of emotions in that dressing room. It was tough to see as a coach because I know how hard these guys have worked, what they’ve put in, the sacrifices they’ve made. So, it’s tough.”
“I mean, it’s tough to see that as a coach, because you get to know these boys personally. You get to see the effort they put in, the hard work that we’ve put in over the last month, the kind of cricket we’ve played. But yeah, but that’s sport. That happens. It can happen. And the better team won on the day,” he added.
Dravid further said that the team will reflect back on their journey in the World Cup 2023 and certainly learn from their mistakes. Wins and losses are part and parcel of the game.
“And I’m sure that the sun will come up tomorrow morning. We’ll learn from it. We’ll reflect. And we’ll move on, as will everyone else. I mean, that’s what you do as a sportsman. You have some great highs in sports, and you have some lows in sports. And you keep moving on. You don’t stop. Because if you don’t put yourself on the line, you don’t put yourself in games like these, you don’t experience the great highs. And neither do you experience the great lows. And if you don’t do that, you don’t learn,” said Dravid.
“That’s sport, it happens. It can happen and the better team wins on the day. And I’m sure the sun will come up tomorrow morning. We’ll learn from it, we’ll reflect. And we’ll move on. As will everyone else. That’s what we do as sportsmen. You have some great highs and lows in sports but you don’t stop because if you don’t put yourself on the line, don’t put yourself in situations like these, you don’t experience it, you don’t learn,” he said.
We are proud of you TEAM INDIA
Although you couldn’t get the desired result in the World Cup 2023 Final, the journey certainly reflects that you have gone miles in terms of your approach. You were bang-on in your commitment, resolve and determination right from the day the run began. The energy you put on in game one against Australia was something special and it only got better and better in the days to come as the 1.4 billion people across the territory of India marched forward with the 15 designated Men in Blue.
There were so many highs throughout the campaign and even more memorable moments from the boys. The gameplay was right on the money, the leadership didn’t look any less and, of course, the fielding, never have I seen this kind of passion in fielding as I saw in this edition. These things might look insignificant if things don’t pan out well in the end, also there is no denying the fact that nothing is more beautiful than the prestigious cup in the hands, but I assure you, Team India, you have got a special place in every single heart that stood up and sang the national anthem with you over the course of the showpiece event.
Your efforts might not have produced the intended result, but we still believe in you – Team India. Unfortunately, things weren’t meant to be ours on the given day, and not to take anything away from Australia, we still think and will continue to do so until our last breath, there will time when we will end up on the right side of the block and feel the goosebumps as you lift the glorious World Cup title. Until then, don’t let the defeat bog you down ~ from the heart of millions of cricket fans.
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