- Dec 11, 2023
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In a riveting final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Australia secured their record-extending sixth ODI World Cup title by defeating India by six wickets. Despite the heartbreak, former India captain Kapil Dev took to Instagram to express his support for current captain Rohit Sharma, commending the team’s performance and urging them to keep their spirits high.
Kapil Dev, a 1983 World Cup winner, wrote on his Instagram post, “You’ve played like champions, boys. Keep your chin up. The trophy was the ultimate in your minds, but you’ve emerged winners nonetheless. India is proud of you.” The cricket legend specifically lauded Rohit Sharma, recognizing his mastery and offering words of encouragement amid the tough loss.
“Rohit, you are a master at what you do. You have a lot of success awaiting you. It’s tough, I know, but keep your spirits up. India is with you,” Kapil Dev added in his Instagram story, showcasing his unwavering support for the captain.
Australia’s meticulous planning and execution were evident in the final, overshadowing India’s strategy and leading to their downfall in a low-scoring contest. The Australian bowlers adapted brilliantly to the slow and sluggish pitch in Ahmedabad, restricting India to a modest total of 240. Rohit Sharma’s promising start was cut short and despite partnerships between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, the Indian batting order couldn’t capitalize.
Travis Head emerged as the hero for Australia, playing a match-winning knock of 137 runs, ensuring that Australia’s reputation for winning crucial moments and silencing home crowds remained intact. Australia’s exceptional fielding and solid contributions from players like Marnus Labuschagne allowed them to comfortably chase down the target with seven overs to spare.
Despite the defeat, Kapil Dev’s supportive words echo the sentiment of pride for India’s journey in the ODI World Cup 2023, acknowledging their champion-like performance throughout the tournament.
See how fans have reacted:
Thank you Kapil Paji for supporting our captain 😊 pic.twitter.com/XRcj4WY7VK
— Pankaj (@Pankaj41627) November 20, 2023
Stay strong champ 🏆 india with you 🙏🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/yWJc1itvPE
— Kailash Talnia (@DiL_waLa_0) November 20, 2023
Rahul and Rohit duo literally deserve a World Cup, for their hard work.
Just one bad game made us the them the bad coach and bad captain. It’s hard to digest💔💔
— Raghav 🌟 (@_there4you) November 20, 2023
He did what he can … Well played Sharma pic.twitter.com/CcoZlk1hAB
— Nꪖᦔꫀꫀꪑ Wꪖ᥅꠸ꪀᦔ (@NadeemWarind) November 20, 2023
— जय श्री राम (@JaiShreeRam90) November 20, 2023
Kapil Dev really knows the pressure of captain Rohit Sharma is really going through a tough face but we support Rohit Sharma and the entire team , Rohit Sharma is a great captain and India proud of him
— Lailaa (@mee_lailaa) November 20, 2023
— Radha Rani💗 (@radharanivideos) November 20, 2023
You carried our dreams and fought hard to make it true.
Tough luck, Champs. You're still our heroes. 🥳🇮🇳
Thank you Rohit!
— Sankott (@Iamsankot) November 20, 2023