The riveting climax of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 left cricket enthusiasts throughout India in utter disbelief. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad played host to an intense showdown between India and Australia on November 19, 2023. India, riding high on a flawless record of 10 consecutive victories leading up to the final, suffered a crushing defeat that shattered their championship dreams.

In a gripping match that had fans on the edge of their seats, India managed to accumulate only 240 runs in the final. Despite notable performances from Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and a brisk start from Rohit Sharma, the Australian bowlers proved to be a formidable force. The turning point came in the second inning when Australian batsman Travis Head played a stunning 137-run innings, turning the tide in Australia’s favor. Head’s impactful performance mirrored his earlier exploits in the ICC World Test Championship, adding to India’s dismay.

The aftermath of the defeat was palpable as Indian players, including stalwarts like Siraj, Kohli, and Rohit, were visibly heartbroken. Tears flowed freely in the dressing room, painting a picture of intense disappointment. The collective effort and near-perfect tournament run culminated in a bitter defeat, leaving the players shattered.

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[Video] PM Narendra Modi Boosts the Spirits of Indian Players After World Cup Setback

Amidst the somber atmosphere, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a spectator at the stadium, extended his support to the dejected team. In a video shared by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), PM Modi can be seen individually consoling the players, offering words of encouragement and solace.

Addressing the team, PM Modi acknowledged their exceptional journey, stating, “You have won 10 consecutive games. This one loss is normal; it keeps on happening. Please smile; the entire country is watching you.”

Displaying a personal touch, PM Modi spoke to players in their native languages. To Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, he said, “It happens,” while holding their hands. Engaging with Ravindra Jadeja in Gujarati, the PM shared a light moment, showcasing camaraderie amidst the disappointment.

Not overlooking individual achievements, PM Modi embraced Mohammed Shami, the tournament’s top wicket-taker, expressing, “Well done, Shami. You played really well this time.” Addressing Jasprit Bumrah, he inquired about his knowledge of Gujarati, emphasizing the personal connection.

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PM Modi commended the team’s hard work and exceptional dedication, urging them to stay united and motivated. His heartfelt invitation to meet in Delhi when the players are free demonstrated a genuine desire to lift their spirits and celebrate their efforts.

PM Modi said, “You guys have worked really hard and played exceptionally well. Just stick together and keep on motivating each other. Also, if whenever you guys are free and are in Delhi, then let’s meet again. You all are cordially invited from my side.”

While the defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final was undoubtedly disheartening for Indian cricket fans, the response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi showcased a leader’s empathy and encouragement.