Despite India’s impressive performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, their hopes for a third title were shattered with a six-wicket loss to Australia in the final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The defeat came despite Australia being 47/3 while chasing 240, thanks to a 192-run partnership between Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.
Following the loss, India’s sports icons such as Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, and Abhinav Bindra took to social media to express their appreciation for the Indian cricket team and their outstanding performance throughout the 45-day tournament. On Instagram, Kapil Dev offered comforting words to Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, recognizing his talent and success and urging him to stay positive.
India had entered the final with an impressive 10 consecutive wins. Virat Kohli emerged as the top scorer of the 2023 ODI World Cup with 765 runs, while Rohit Sharma followed with 597 runs. Mohammed Shami proved to be the top wicket-taker with 24 wickets in the tournament.
Sachin Tendulkar, who was the player of the tournament in the 2003 World Cup when India lost to Australia in the final, empathized with the players after their defeat. He emphasized the heartbreaking nature of a loss following an otherwise excellent tournament and urged everyone to remember the effort and dedication the team had shown throughout the competition.