Following the World Cup 2023 final against Australia, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma expressed the belief that the team fell short by “20-30 runs” of their intended target, especially during the crucial partnership between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.

Pat Cummins and the Australian team left over a billion fans, including 120,000 spectators at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, stunned as they clinched their 6th ODI World Cup trophy. Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, Cummins led the bowling attack with impressive figures of 2/34, securing the wickets of Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer.

India initiated their innings with an energetic start from Rohit Sharma, who contributed 47 runs in 31 balls. However, the team faced a setback at 81/3 before Virat Kohli and KL Rahul collaborated to rebuild the innings in their partnership of 67 runs (109). The pace of their approach slowed, and the loss of Kohli at 54 triggered a cascade of wickets. Rahul’s departure for 66 dealt a significant blow, and India concluded their innings at 240. Australia successfully chased down the target with 7 wickets to spare, courtesy of Travis Head’s outstanding century.

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Reflecting on the outcome, Rohit Sharma acknowledged that India believed they could reach 270-280 when Kohli and KL Rahul were at the crease. However, the team fell short, and Rohit remarked, “We didn’t put enough runs on the board.”

Despite India’s attempt to strike back with the ball, reducing Australia to 47/3, Head and Labuschagne’s formidable partnership of 192 runs (215) turned the game in Australia’s favor. Rohit Sharma credited the Australian duo for putting India out of the game, stating, “We tried everything we could.” He also noted the improvement in batting conditions under lights but refrained from using it as an excuse.