Ranveer Singh with Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in the Cricket World Cup final.© Twitter
The Indian cricket team captured the imagination of over a billion people as it reached the final of the Cricket World Cup 2023. At home, on the back of a 10-match winning streak, the Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team were favorites to qualify for the final. Title clash against Australia. However, what happened at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, broke the hearts of a billion people, as the Pat Cummins-led Australian cricket team came out with all their guns blazing and outscored India in all areas. The bowlers restricted India to just 240 while Travis Head ensured Australia reached the target without any problem.
Many celebrities attended the final match on Sunday and were present on the field. Among the top celebrities were Shah Rukh Khan, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone. Ranveer Singh has taken on the role of cheerleader for the Indian cricket team. His spirited celebration when Australian David Warner left during his team’s chase went viral.
Even after suffering heartbreak in the World Cup final, veteran Indian pacer Ravichandran Ashwin could not help but praise Australia for a record sixth ODI World Cup title.
A clinical bowling performance later combined with Travis Head’s fireworks powered the Baggies to victory over India at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.
Ashwin particularly praised Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah for their exceptional performances and described Australia as giants of modern-day cricket.
“Great heartbreak last night. Everyone in the team had a few days to remember during this campaign and special tributes to @imVkohli @MdShami11 @ImRo45 and @Jaspritbumrah93. However I can only applaud the giants of modern cricket Australia” “What they did on the ground The stadium yesterday was unbelievable. Congratulations on their sixth World Cup win,” Ashwin wrote on X.
Coming into the match, after Shubman Gill’s dismissal, Rohit ensured that the Men in Blue got off to a strong start with his powerful knock of 47 off 31 balls. After his wicket India started to struggle and got to 240 in their 50 overs. On the tough batting surface, skipper Rohit (47 in 31 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes), Virat Kohli (54 in 63 balls, with four boundaries) and Kal Rahul (66 in 107 balls, with one four) scored important knocks.
Mitchell Starc (3/55) was the pick of the bowlers for Australia. Skippers Pat Cummins (2/34) and Josh Hazlewood (2/60) also bowled well. Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell both got a wicket.
While chasing 241, India reduced the Australians to 47/3. The knocks of 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 with no answers and led them to a six-wicket victory.
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