Indian team was inconsolable after they lost the ICC World Cup 2023 final to Australia in Ahmedabad on Sunday, November 19. India had made it into the World Cup final after more than a decade and this loss broke millions of hearts across country.
Australia were clinical in their execution of plans as India was restricted to 240 runs despite a flying start by Rohit Sharma (47) and fifties by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. In the chase, though Australia lost their first three wickets for 47 runs in 7 overs, Travis Head didn’t panic.
Along with Marcus Labuschagne (58*), he shepherded the chase, scoring 137 runs and adding 192 runs for the fourth wicket. In the end, Australia won the final by 6 wickets and 7 overs to spare.
The Indian team players were seen with tears in their eyes as their perfect run in the tournament came to an end with a heartbreaking loss.
Many players took to social media in the aftermath and shared their emotions with their fans.
Suryakumar Yadav posted on Instagram: “Heartbroken. This will take some time to sink in. Together in win, and in loss. Nothing will take away what this team means to all of us. We felt your immense love, support and energy everytime we stepped on the field. THANK YOU”
“You win some, you lose some. Tough pill to swallow for us but we have our heads held high. Proud of this team & thanks for all love and support keep supporting & lovin,” Mohammad Shami posted.
Shreyas Iyer shared: “We're heartbroken, it still hasn't sunk in and it won't for a while. My first World Cup was an experience that has taught me so much and made me grateful for everything that's come my way. Thank you to the BCCI, team management, support staff, my teammates and you the fans for backing us from the beginning right up until the end. And congratulations to the entire Australian team on a marvelous campaign”
Finally, young Shubman Gill posted: “Been almost 16 hours but still hurts like it did last night. Sometimes giving your everything isn’t enough. We fell short of our ultimate goal but every step in this journey has been a testament to our team's spirit and dedication. To our incredible fans, your unwavering support in our highs and lows means the world to us. This isn't the end, it’s not over until we win. Jai Hind”