Team India stars such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Mohammed Siraj failed to control their emotions after Australia defeated India in the recently-concluded final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

India’s campaign in the thirteenth edition of the World Cup ended in a heartbreaking manner as Australia thrashed the high-flying hosts by six wickets. For a team that was scoring runs and taking wickets for fun throughout the tournament, nothing much went right in the final.

Right from the toss till the end, Australia pretty much remained on the front foot. Captain Pat Cummins opted to bowl first after winning the toss and his decision was totally justified as Australia bowled India out for a modest total of 240 runs.

Mitchell Marsh was the top wicket-taker, taking 3 wickets while Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood picked up 2 apiece. For India, KL Rahul was the top-scorer with the bat, scoring 66 off 107 balls while Kohli scored 54 off 63 balls. Captain Rohit Sharma also played a crucial knock of 47 runs from just 31 balls with the help of 4 fours and 3 sixes.

India stars get emotional after loss:

In reply, Australia started their chase poorly and lost three wickets for just 47 runs with David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, and Steve Smith back in the hut cheaply. But from thereon, it was one-way traffic as a stunning century from Travis Head and an unbeaten fifty from Marnus Labuschagne saw Australia cross the finishing line in 43 overs.

Head scored 137 off just 120 balls and shared a big stand of 192 runs with Labuschagne who remained unbeaten on 58. Australia needed only two runs when Head was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj before Glenn Maxwell hit the winning runs. And as Australia clinched the game, a number of Indian stars failed to control their emotions.

An emotional Mohammed Siraj was seen shedding a few tears before being consoled by his teammates while the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli also struggled to deal with the heartbreaking defeat.


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