The nail-biting final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 left cricket fans across India in disbelief. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad witnessed an intense battle between India and Australia on November 19, 2023. India, having a flawless record of 10 consecutive victories leading up to the final, faced a crushing defeat that dashed their championship aspirations.
In a game that kept fans on the edge of their seats, India could only manage a total of 240 runs in the final. Despite impressive contributions from Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and a quick start from Rohit Sharma, the Australian bowlers proved to be a formidable force. However, the turning point came in the second inning when Australian batsman Travis Head played a stunning 137-run innings, steering the game away from India. Head’s impactful performance mirrored his earlier exploits in the ICC World Test Championship, adding to India’s anguish.
The aftermath of the defeat was palpable as the Indian players, including stalwarts like Siraj, Kohli, and Rohit, were visibly heartbroken. Tears flowed freely in the dressing room, painting a picture of intense disappointment. The collective effort and near-perfect tournament run culminated in a bitter defeat, leaving the players shattered.
[Video] PM Narendra Modi Lifts The Spirit Up Of The Indian Players After World Cup Defeat
Amidst the somber atmosphere, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a spectator at the stadium, extended his support to the dejected team. In a video shared by PMO, PM Modi can be seen individually consoling the players, offering words of encouragement and solace.
Addressing the team, PM Modi acknowledged their exceptional journey, saying, “Aap log poora 10-10 game jeet ke aaye ho, yeh toh hota rehta hai. Muskuraiye bhai, desh aap logon ko dekh raha hai.” (Translation: “You have won 10 consecutive games. This one loss is normal; it keeps on happening. Please smile; the entire country is watching you.”)
PM Modi, displaying a personal touch, spoke to players in their native languages. To Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, he said, “Hota hai (it happens),” while holding their hands. Engaging with Ravindra Jadeja in Gujarati, the PM shared a light moment, showcasing camaraderie amidst the disappointment.
PM Modi, not overlooking individual achievements, embraced Mohammed Shami, the tournament’s top wicket-taker. “Arrey Shami, bahut accha kiya iss baar. (Well done, Shami. You played really well this time),” he expressed, recognising Shami’s outstanding performance. Addressing Jasprit Bumrah, he inquired about his knowledge of Gujarati, emphasizing the personal connection.
PM Modi commended the team’s hard work and exceptional dedication, urging them to stay united and motivated. His heartfelt invitation to meet in Delhi when the players are free demonstrated a genuine desire to lift their spirits and celebrate their efforts.
PM Modi said, “Toh, aap sab log bahut acchi mehnat kare ho. Chaliye, hota hai. Aur saathiyon zara ek doosre ka hausla buland karte chaliye. Aur jab aap log zara free honge aur Delhi aayenge toh baithunga aap sab ke saath. Meri taraf se nimantaran hai aap sab logon ko.(You guys have worked really hard and played exceptionally well. Just stick together and keep on motivating each other. Also, if whenever you guys are free and are in Delhi then let’s meet again. You all are cordially invited from my side.)”
While the defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final was undoubtedly disheartening for Indian cricket fans, the response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi showcased a leader’s empathy and encouragement.
#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