India suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 last month against Australia who won the title for the record-extending sixth time. The Men In Blue were put in to bat first on a tricky wicket in Ahmedabad. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma gave a flying start to the Indian innings but got out right before the end of the powerplay scoring a quickfire 47.
After Rohit’s wicket, the Aussie bowlers choked the Indian batters and restricted them to a total of 240. Australia had a shaky start to their innings losing their first three wickets under 50 runs but then Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne added 192 runs for the fourth wicket with Travis Head scoring a blistering 137 off 120 balls. Australia won the title for the sixth time in the history of the tournament
Former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has shown his support for the Indian team and said that luck was not in the favour of the Indian team in the finals. In fact, he suggested that the Indian team should move on and learn from these things.
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“You need a little bit of luck in these tournaments to go your way. You could end up being at the wrong end of the toss or the bad end of the conditions, you need a little bit of luck as players certainly don’t go out there to lose. From that point of view, on day you can get beaten by a better team on the day and you have got to put your hand up and accept it. Try to learn from those things,” said Kallis.
India will now tour South Africa where they will play three T20Is, three ODIs, and two tests. The first T20I will be played on 10th December in Durban. Whereas, Australia will host Pakistan for a three-match test series with the first test starting on 14th December in Perth.
The next focus for the Men In Blue will be on the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 which will be held in the West Indies and USA in June 2024.