Despite India’s impressive performance throughout the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, they were unable to secure their third title after a six-wicket loss to Australia in the final. The loss was particularly heartbreaking for fans and pundits alike, given that Australia was struggling at 47/3 while chasing a target of 240. However, a remarkable 192-run partnership between Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne turned the match around, leaving India’s hopes dashed.
Following the defeat, many Indian sports legends took to social media to express their appreciation for the team’s outstanding performance and their dedication throughout the tournament. Kapil Dev, in particular, offered comforting words to skipper Rohit Sharma on Instagram, recognizing his talent and success while urging him to stay positive.
India had entered the final with an impressive record of 10 consecutive wins. Virat Kohli emerged as the top scorer of the tournament with an impressive tally of 765 runs, while Rohit Sharma followed closely behind with 597 runs. Mohammed Shami proved to be the top wicket-taker with an impressive total of 24 dismissals in the competition.
Despite their disappointment at losing out on a potential third title, fans and pundits alike cannot deny India’s exceptional performance throughout the tournament. Their dedication and talent have earned them recognition from some of the greatest names in Indian sport history, including Sachin Tendulkar who empathized with their loss after experiencing it firsthand in 2003 when he led India from defeat against Australia in that year’s World Cup final.