Australia beat India by six wickets in the final of the ODI World Cup 2023. Travis Head played the innings of his career as he scored 137 runs off 120 balls and took the game away from India while chasing a low-scoring target of 241 runs in the final of the mega event. Team India played the tournament exceptionally well as they won 10 matches in the competition. They had a sensational all-round display in the tournament covering all bases.
India started a new tradition during the mega event of giving the best fielder medal after each match of the competition. T Dilip the fielding coach named Virat Kohli as the best Fielder award for outstanding performance in the final. The whole team was silent and no one made loud cheers like previous times when the name of the star batter was announced. The medal was given by all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The 35-year-old batter took the catch of David Warner.
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This is the second ODI World Cup final loss after 2003. 20 years back they lost against the same opponents in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kohli and Rohit Sharma left the field in tears. Virat was also declared the Player of the Tournament for scoring 765 runs in 11 matches, including three hundreds and 6 fifties.
The Indian skipper Rohit said, "I mean the result hasn't gone our way and we know that we were not good enough on the day. But proud of the team. It wasn't supposed to be. Honestly, 20-30 runs would've been good. I thought when KL and Virat were batting, we were looking at 270-280 at that point and we kept losing wickets. Australia stitched a big partnership after losing three wickets."
"With 240 on the board, we wanted early wickets but credit to Travis Head and Marnus. They put us completely out of the game and I thought the wicket got better to bat under lights. I mean we knew under lights, it would be better but don't want to give that as an excuse. We didn't bat well enough, but credit to those two guys in the middle for stitching that big partnership."