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'No Shame In Losing To...': Sunil Gavaskar's Message For Team India After World Cup Final Loss

image-lp6tgjrbIndian players after the final loss [AP Photo]

Having dominated the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, India produced a below-par performance in the final of the tournament against eventual winners Australia last evening.

A star-studded and jam-packed Narendra Modi Stadium was left stunned following Australia's record sixth World Cup title, where India were bundled out of merely 240, as Pat Cummins led team silenced the crowd.

India's 10-match winning streak in CWC 2023 also came to a screeching end, with the law of averages finally catching up with the hosts, who have lost only four matches out of their last 28 World Cup matches in 2015, 2019 and 2023 editions. 

Former India captain and member of India's first-ever World Cup winning side in 1983, Sunil Gavaskar expressed his sadness over Rohit Sharma and Co's loss, but maintained how proud they felt seeing his side play.

Here's what Gavaskar said

"I'm sad. This team played such terrific cricket for ten games but just wasn't able to take that one step that could have got them the trophy. But with that said I think all of us have to be mighty proud of them. This team has played superb cricket and yes it happens sometimes the final doesn't go your way. But this team has been sensational in all aspects for ten matches."

As quoted by Hindustan Times, Gavaskar speaking to Star Sports, mentioned how luck came into play, and India were found to be on the wrong side of 'Lady Luck', and that Team India should be mighty proud of losing to five-time champions. 

"This time a couple of things that could have gone their way, which didn't happen, so that's fine. That is how luck can go against you. But like I said there's no shame in losing to a better team. A team that was better on the day, just like India was better on the day of the first match. There's no shame in losing to the five-time champions. They know how to win the finals. Very proud of all the effort that they've done, very proud of the joy that they have given millions who have been following them,” 

India's next international assignment will be a five-T20Is series against Australia, starting November 23.