‘We stand with you always’: PM Narendra Modi leads chin-up messages to Team India after defeat in World Cup final | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: India’s dream of winning a third ODI World Cup title came crashing down on Sunday, when Australia defeated the hosts in the final by six wickets to win their sixth trophy in the showpiece event of the 50-over format.
Despite half-centuries by Virat Kohli (54) and KL Rahul (66), India could only put on 240 on the board after being asked to bat first by Australia skipper Pat Cummins, who won the toss. India’s bowling, which had been the talk of the town in their 10 consecutive wins before losing in the final, had no answer to the skills of Australian opener Travis Head, who scored a 120-ball 137 to take his team to victory with seven overs to spare.
Head added 192 runs with Marnus Labuschagne (58) after Australia’s run-chase started on the wrong note, losing three wickets for just 47 runs.
The game was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who after the match said that the country stands with the Indian team for its brilliant performance in the World Cup and the defeat in the final takes nothing away from that.
“Dear Team India, your talent and determination through the World Cup was noteworthy. You’ve played with great spirit and brought immense pride to the nation. We stand with you today and always,” Modi posted on microblogging website ‘X’.
Here’s how the reactions flowed in to support the Indian team:


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