Sachin Tendulkar, revered as a cricket icon, extended his heartfelt congratulations to Australia for clinching their sixth ODI World Cup title and also took a moment to appreciate the Indian team's unwavering dedication displayed throughout the tournament.
India's remarkable journey saw them secure ten consecutive victories leading up to the final on their home turf, only to face defeat against an Australian side that excelled in every aspect, claiming a decisive six-wicket win to lift the coveted trophy.
In acknowledging Australia's exceptional cricketing performance, Sachin also praised the Men in Blue for their commendable efforts.
"Congratulations to Australia on their remarkable sixth World Cup triumph. On the grandest stage, they exhibited superior cricket skills.
"To Team India, it's disheartening to encounter just one tough day in an otherwise exceptional tournament. I empathize with the players, fans, and supporters for the disappointment they must feel. Losses are an inherent part of sports, but let's not forget that this unit put their heart and soul into each moment throughout the tournament," Sachin conveyed on the social media platform X.
Jay Shah, the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), lauded the Indian team's unwavering spirit and unyielding attitude, emphasizing their journey as a source of inspiration.
"Though the Men in Blue fell short in the Cricket World Cup 2023 finals against Australia, their journey stands as a testament to unwavering determination and skill. Each match, from triumph to challenge, showcased the essence of cricket – an unpredictable yet beautiful game.
"The entire nation rallied behind our team, turning this World Cup into a nationwide celebration of cricket in India. The immense energy, passion, and unrelenting support from the entire populace were truly remarkable," Shah expressed in a lengthy post on X.
"Each member of Team India deserves heartfelt appreciation. Your commitment, perseverance, and hard work brought moments of sheer joy during this tournament. You've not only brought victories but also exemplified the game's true spirit – playing with heart, pride, and an undying spirit.
"This World Cup was beyond mere wins; it encapsulated emotions, camaraderie, and the unbeatable spirit of Team India. Thank you for the happiness and the unforgettable moments. Here's to the Men in Blue – champions in every essence. While the journey concludes, our pride and love for the team will echo eternally," the post concluded.
(With Agency Inputs)