Seamer Mohammed Siraj couldn’t hold back his tears after Australia scored the winning runs to lift the trophy while India skipper Rohit Sharma rushed out of the field with tears in his eyes. Dravid revealed that the Indian team was an emotional wreck.
“Of course, he (Rohit Sharma) is disappointed, as are many boys in the dressing room…There were a lot of emotions in that dressing room. It was tough to see as a coach because I know how hard these guys have worked, what they have put in, the sacrifices they have made,” said Dravid, who was part of the team that lost the 2003 World Cup final to Australia.
“It’s tough to see…because you get to know these boys personally, you get to see the effort they put in, the hard work that we have put in over the last month, the kind of cricket we have played,” said the batting legend.
“That’s sport…It can happen, and the better team won on the day,” Dravid added.
“I am sure that the sun will come up tomorrow morning. We will learn from it, we will reflect and we will move on, as will everyone else. I mean that is what you do as sportsman. You have some great highs in sport, and you have some lows in sport. You keep moving on. You don’t stop, because if you don’t put yourself on the line, you don’t put yourself in games like these, you don’t experience the great highs, and neither do you experience the great lows. And if you don’t do that, you don’t learn.”Cummins was ecstatic after victory and admitted that they played their best cricket for the final game and said, “I think we saved our best for last. Couple of big match players stood up, and we’re pretty stuffed. We’ve been batting first pretty much for the whole tournament, today we thought, it’s a good night to chase down, we thought it might actually get a little bit easier. Everyone was pretty keen to get out there. This year will be remembered for a long, long time and we had a lot of success over the winter and this one peaks it all. At the top of the mountain.”India was dismissed after 50 overs with a score of 240. Virat Kohli (54 in 63 balls, four boundaries), KL Rahul (66 in 107 balls, one four), and captain Rohit Sharma (47 in 31 balls, four boundaries and three sixes) all scored significant runs on a challenging batting surface.
For Australia, Mitchell Starc (3/55) was the best bowler. Skipper Pat Cummins (2/34) and Josh Hazlewood (2/60) also bowled well. Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell got a wicket each.
While chasing 241, India had the Aussies down at 47/3. Knocks from Travis Head (137 in 120 balls, with 15 fours and four sixes) and Marnus Labuschagne (58 in 110 balls, with four boundaries) left the Indian team without answers and guided them to a six-wicket win.
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