In the final of the Cricket World Cup 2023 at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, the undefeated Indian cricket team faced a heartbreaking defeat against Australia. Despite a stellar performance throughout the tournament, Rohit Sharma’s squad fell short in the ultimate test, dashing their hopes of lifting the coveted trophy.
Understandably disheartened, the Indian players received a visit from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the dressing room post-match, where he aimed to boost their spirits. Ravindra Jadeja, a key player in the Indian lineup, took to social media to disclose the Prime Minister’s uplifting gesture. Expressing gratitude for the support of the people despite the loss, Jadeja shared a photo of PM Modi’s special visit, describing it as motivating.
Ravindra said,”We had a great tournament but we ended up short yesterday. We are all heartbroken but the support of our people is keeping us going. PM @narendramodi’s visit to the dressing room yesterday was special and very motivating”
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We had a great tournament but we ended up short yesterday. We are all heartbroken but the support of our people is keeping us going. PM @narendramodi’s visit to the dressing room yesterday was special and very motivating. pic.twitter.com/q0la2X5wfU— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) November 20, 2023
PM Modi, who witnessed the clash between the cricketing giants, also presented the World Cup trophy to Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, in the aftermath of their triumph. The highly touted Indian team, led by skipper Rohit Sharma, entered the final as favourites, undefeated and with nearly 100,000 fans rallying behind them in Ahmedabad.
However, they were outplayed by Pat Cummins’ Australia, succumbing to a six-wicket defeat. This outcome left players, fans, and pundits grappling with a familiar sense of bitter disappointment. The statistics tell a painful story for the hundreds of millions of devoted Indian cricket supporters. The team’s last global title dates back a decade to the 2013 Champions Trophy.
Sunday’s loss marked India’s second defeat to Australia in a final within five months, following their setback in the World Test Championship decider in June. While India boasts one-day World Cup victories in 1983 and 2011, the recent stumbles in the semi-final stages of 2015 and 2019, coupled with the latest heartbreak, underscore the elusive nature of reclaiming cricketing glory on the global stage.