Team India played an outstanding game of cricket throughout the tournament, but they failed to deliver when it mattered most. This is the second time their dream run comes to an end in the final. 20 years ago, the same opposition had given the Men in Blue a heartbreak in Johannesburg. However, everyone expected India to take revenge this time given their dominance and strong unit.
Not only did they manage to silence the entire crowd, as Pat Cummins and Co. aimed, but they also broke the hearts of billions. There were no waves in the blue sea at the Narendra Modi Stadium and the tense faces of the players were visible when Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne built a match-winning partnership.
As soon as Glenn Maxwell hit the winning runs, Mohammed Siraj broke down in tears, while Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma appeared to cover their faces. Head coach Rahul Dravid had explained the emotionally crashed scenes in the Indian dressing room. However, billions of supporters, including former cricketers and celebrities, applauded Team India's indomitable spirit throughout the tournament.
Amit Shah accompanies PM Modi in visiting Team India's dressing room
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was present at the stadium to witness the painful scenes, was among those who extended his support to Team India. Modi, along with Home Minister Amit Shah, visited the Indian dressing room to console the dejected players, a video of which has gone viral on social media. The 73-year-old was seen motivating the players and complimenting them on their excellent campaign, giving them hugs and handshakes.
Watch the video below:
ख्व़ाब टूटे हैं मगर हौसले जिन्दा हैं,— राकेश भारतीय (@RakeshYadavInd) November 21, 2023
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PM Modi can be seen holding the hands of captain Rohit Sharma and former skipper Virat Kohli, telling them both to cheer up. He also hugged pacer Mohammed Shami and said, "Arrey Shami, bahut accha kiya iss baar. (Well done, Shami. You played really well this time)."
The leading wicket-taker of the tournament later took to his social media to thank all the fans who supported the team throughout and also thanked the Prime Minister.
"Unfortunately, yesterday was not our day. I would like to thank all Indians for supporting our team and me throughout the tournament. Thankful to PM Narendra Modi for especially coming to the dressing room and raising our spirits. We will bounce back," Shami wrote.