The victory of Australia in the final of the World Cup 2023 made the eyes of the Indian players wet. Mohammad Siraj started crying on the field, while captain Rohit Sharma was the first to go to the dressing room with tears in his eyes. Everyone was saddened by this heartbreaking loss, but other players kept their emotions in check. But when all the players reached the dressing room, they could not control themselves and were seen crying. The head coach Rahul Dravid could not see the pain of the players. After the match, he told the whole story of this incident in the press conference.
“Yes, of course, he (Rohit Sharma) is disappointed, like many players in the dressing room are disappointed,” Dravid said. It wasn’t like, yeah, there’s a flood of emotions in that dressing room. Everyone is emotional. It was very difficult for me as a coach to see that… because I know how hard these guys have worked, what they’ve contributed, how much they’ve sacrificed. So, it’s tough. I mean, it’s hard to watch as a coach, because you know these guys personally. You will see how hard he worked.
He continued, ‘How hard we have worked in the last month, what kind of cricket we have played. Everyone has seen it… but yes, this is a game…and things like this happen in games. It may be possible. And the better team won today. And I’m sure the sun will rise tomorrow morning. We will learn from this. We will reflect…and we will move on, as everyone does. I mean what you do as a player. You have had some great achievements in the game and you have had some lows in the game. And you keep moving forward. You don’t stop because you don’t put yourself at stake, you don’t put yourself in these kinds of games, you don’t experience the great high. Nor do you experience major declines. And if you don’t, you don’t learn.’
In the World Cup 2023, the Indian team competed as the best team in the world, defeating New Zealand in the semi-finals along with all 9 matches in the league stage. But due to a bad day, India was deprived of the trophy. This team really deserved to win the World Cup.