Despite a stellar performance at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, India’s hopes for a potential third title were dashed in a six-wicket loss to Australia in the final. The loss was particularly heartbreaking as it came after an impressive 10 consecutive wins and despite Australia being in a precarious 47/3 while chasing 240.
Following the defeat, several sports icons took to social media to express their appreciation for the Indian cricket team and their outstanding performance throughout the tournament. Among them, Kapil Dev offered comforting words to Indian skipper Rohit Sharma on Instagram, recognizing his talent and success and urging him to stay positive.
Virat Kohli emerged as the top scorer of the tournament with 765 runs, while Rohit Sharma followed with 597 runs. Mohammed Shami proved to be the top wicket-taker with 24 wickets in the tournament.
Sachin Tendulkar, who was the player of the tournament in the 2003 World Cup when India lost to Australia in the final, empathized with the players after their defeat. He emphasized that losses following an otherwise excellent tournament could be heartbreaking but urged everyone to remember the effort and dedication shown by the team throughout their journey.