The final clash of the ODI World Cup 2023 that unfolded between India and Australia on Sunday was a star-studded affair, with the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the biggest cricketing arena on the globe, playing host to a historic encounter. Among the distinguished attendees were India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, both witnessing Australia’s triumph over the dominant Indian side in a historic cricketing battle.
India’s dismal batting display
Batting first, India showcased a formidable start, amassing 80 runs in the initial ten overs. However, the departure of skipper Rohit Sharma triggered a collapse in the Indian batting order. Despite commendable knocks by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, the Men in Blue struggled to maintain momentum, ultimately posting a total of 240 runs in 50 overs.
Australia’s resilience and triumph
Amidst the early setbacks, Australia exhibited resilience, bouncing back with a remarkable century by Travis Head and a crucial half-tonne from Marnus Labuschagne. The Pat Cummins-led side showcased unwavering determination, securing their sixth ODI World Cup title by reaching the target of 241 runs in just 43 overs on the loss of four wickets.
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PM Narendra Modi’s consoling embrace
In the aftermath of India’s heart-wrenching loss, Modi, accompanied by Home Minister Amit Shah, entered the inner sanctum of the Indian Cricket Team’s dressing room. A consoling chit-chat unfolded as Modi acknowledged the squad members’ herculean efforts, turning a moment of defeat into an opportunity for collective reflection and inspiration.
As the echoes of triumph and turmoil reverberate through the ODI World Cup 2023, the memories in the grand Narendra Modi Stadium will endure. Beyond the statistical outcomes, the tournament showcased the resilience, sportsmanship, and camaraderie that make cricket a global phenomenon.
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#WATCH | Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Team India in their dressing room after the ICC World Cup Finals at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 19th November.
The PM spoke to the players and encouraged them for their performance throughout the tournament.
— ANI (@ANI) November 21, 2023