India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, lavished praise on captain Rohit Sharma for his exceptional leadership and stellar batting display during the 2023 World Cup. Despite India’s flawless journey to the final, their aspirations to claim the trophy at the Narendra Modi Stadium, before a crowd of 120,000 fans, were dashed as Australia, led by the spirited Pat Cummins, secured their 6th ODI World Cup title with a convincing 7-wicket victory over India in Ahmedabad.

Rohit Sharma concluded the tournament as the second-highest run-scorer, amassing an impressive 597 runs at a striking rate of 125. Dravid, speaking at the post-final press conference, commended Rohit’s leadership skills, noting him as an exceptional leader who created a positive atmosphere in the dressing room and led by example with his batting.

Despite Rohit’s promising start in the final, contributing 47 runs in 31 balls, India struggled to maintain momentum after his departure. Following his exit, the team slipped to 81/3, but Virat Kohli and KL Rahul managed to rebuild the innings with a partnership of 67 runs (109 balls). However, their methodical approach, coupled with the loss of wickets at regular intervals, impeded India’s progress. The departures of Kohli for 54 and Rahul for 66 dealt significant blows, and India ultimately posted a total of 240.

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Australia successfully chased down the target with 7 wickets to spare and 7 overs remaining, propelled by Travis Head’s brilliant century. In reflection, Rohit acknowledged that the result did not favor India, expressing disappointment in the team’s inability to accumulate enough runs. He emphasized the importance of a 20-30 run cushion and attributed the loss to consistent wicket losses, preventing India from reaching the desired total of 270-280.