India’s aspiration for a third World Cup title was shattered by Australia in a crushing defeat in Ahmedabad. Despite a promising start with 80 runs in the first 10 overs, India collapsed to a total of 240, and Australia dominated with a 192-run partnership between Travis Head (137 in 120 balls) and Marnus Labuschagne (58 not out off 110), securing a six-wicket victory.
India, initially viewed as favourites, had an impressive run in the tournament, winning all previous matches convincingly, including a six-wicket triumph over Australia in the opener. In contrast, Australia began with two defeats but turned the tide with consecutive victories.
The pivotal moment came as Head fell on the penultimate ball of the match, bowled by Mohammed Siraj. Glenn Maxwell, who earlier dismissed Rohit Sharma and showcased a remarkable double century against Afghanistan, sealed the win with two runs off his first ball.
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After the match, Rohit Sharma had a deep conversation with Sachin Tendulkar. pic.twitter.com/HOQdSOS6Qk— Vishal. (@SPORTYVISHAL) November 19, 2023
The aftermath saw starkly different emotions as jubilant Australians celebrated on the field, while disheartened Indian players left their positions. Sachin Tendulkar, a key figure in India’s 2011 World Cup-winning team and a former teammate of head coach Rahul Dravid, approached the dejected players during the presentation ceremony.
Despite the loss, Sunil Gavaskar, another cricket legend and World Cup winner in 1983, praised the team’s performance. In a post-match comment on Star Sports, Gavaskar acknowledged the team’s exceptional cricket throughout the tournament, expressing pride despite the final outcome.
He highlighted that sometimes luck doesn’t favour a team and emphasized the absence of shame in losing to a five-time champion like Australia. Gavaskar commended the team’s efforts and the joy they brought to millions of fans, recognizing the prowess of the victorious Australian side in the final.