Millions of Indians are dealing with shattered emotions following the national cricket team’s defeat to Australia in the World Cup final on Sunday.
Australia secured their sixth 50- overs World Cup title with a six- wicket win in the final against India after opener Travis Head’s magnificent on Sunday.
India, batting first, managed a below-par total of 240 in 50 overs at a crowded Narendra Modi Stadium, with KL Rahul and Virat Kohli scoring battling half-centuries.
Despite a shaky start in the top order, Australia secured victory with seven overs to spare, propelled by Travis Head’s impressive 137 off 120 balls in a match that lacked standout moments.
Rohit entertained with three sixes during his lively 47 but got out just before the conclusion of the powerplay. Kohli and Rahul (scoring 66) collaborated in a methodical rebuilding effort, even enduring a stretch of 16.1 overs without hitting a boundary.
Josh Inglis, Australia’s wicketkeeper, set a World Cup final record by taking five catches. Australia faced a setback in their batting innings, reaching 47-3 within seven overs of what initially seemed to be a straightforward chase for them.
Travis Head partnered with Marnus Labuschagne, scoring an unbeaten 58, in a decisive 192-run partnership that sealed the victory.
Approximately 93,000 fans, mostly Indian, watched in near silence as the Home team, undefeated in 10 consecutive matches leading up to the final, suffered their defeat of the tournament in the crucial summit clash.