Team India lost the final of the ODI World Cup 2023 against Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, on Sunday. The Men in Blue lost their second final in the ODI World Cup history, previously they lost against the same opposition 20 years ago, in 2003 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Rohit Sharma's side played an excellent game of cricket throughout the tournament and the one loss does not define the legacy the team had in the mega event.
All the players were heartbroken after the loss and left the field with teary eyes. Especially Rohit and Virat Kohli were shattered and emotional after the loss. Prime Minister Narendra Modi watched the match and Home Minister Amit Shah was also present at the ground during the game. Both eminent personalities visited the Indian dressing room after the loss.
The PM was seen giving a speech and hugging the players in the dressing room as the 73-year-old was happy with the team's performance during the marquee tournament. Ravindra Jadeja even thanked the PM on social media.
Here's the video
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Indian team after the heart-breaking loss in the final. pic.twitter.com/3FTwR2Tzd2— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 21, 2023
Aap log poora 10-10 game jeet ke aaye ho: Narendra Modi
In the video, he was heard saying, "Aap log poora 10-10 game jeet ke aaye ho, yeh toh hota rehta hai. Muskuraiye bhai, desh aap logon ko dekh raha hai. Maine socha mil lun sab ko. (You have won 10 consecutive games. This one loss is normal, it keeps on happening. Please smile, the entire country is watching you. I just thought that I should go and meet you people)."
"Hota hai (it happens)," he said to Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, holding their hands. Speaking to Ravindra Jadeja, a fellow Gujarati, the PM said, "Kya babu (speaks in Gujarati and both laugh)." Modi then hugged Mohammed Shami and said, "Arrey Shami, bahut accha kiya iss baar. (Well done, Shami. You played really well this time)."
He further added, "Toh, aap sab log bahut acchi mehnat kare ho. Chaliye, hota hai. Aur saathiyon zara ek doosre ka hausla buland karte chaliye. Aur jab aap log zara free honge aur Delhi aayenge toh baithunga aap sab ke saath. Meri taraf se nimantaran hai aap sab logon ko."