Indian players were heartbroken seeing Australia secure their 6th ODI World Cup title with a 6-wicket victory in the final on Sunday.
The Indian cricket team’s dream of winning the Cricket World Cup 2023 for the third time in its history ended on a sour note, as Australia secured a comfortable victory in the final, lifting the coveted trophy for the 6th time in their history. India, who were unbeaten in the tournament until the final, couldn’t produce the same magic in the summit clash, leaving the players on the field shattered and heartbroken. Mohammed Siraj couldn’t control his tears as Australia hit the winning runs while the likes of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, and others were dejected.
Kohli was named the player of the tournament, having scored the most number of runs while Shami ended the campaign as the top wicket-taker. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, etc. had all produced commendable performances throughout the course of the event. But, fate had other plans for them in the final.
When it comes to the match, Australia opted to bowl first and bundled out India for 240 in 50 overs. On a tough batting surface, skipper Rohit Sharma (47 in 31 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes), Virat Kohli (54 in 63 balls, with four boundaries) and KL Rahul (66 in 107 balls, with one four) posted important knocks.
In the chase of 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.
Mohammed Shami took one wicket while Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets.