Prime Minister Narendra Modi entered the team locker room after Team India’s heartbreaking loss to Australia in the ODI World Cup 2023 final on Sunday in an attempt to cheer up the disheartened “Men in Blue.” The inspiring moment when PM Modi praised the team for their hard effort throughout the competition and reminded them of the nation’s unshakable support was captured on camera and released by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Speaking to the players, PM Modi praised their extraordinary effort and emphasized their incredible accomplishment of winning ten straight games. He reassured the team that losses like the most recent one are common in sports and urged them to keep smiling, pointing out that the whole nation is keeping a close eye on them.
The Prime Minister specifically lauded Indian speedster Mohammed Shami for his commendable performance in the ODI World Cup 2023, expressing appreciation with a “Well done, Shami. You played really well this time.”
In the face of the six-wicket loss against Australia in the finals, PM Modi urged the team to ‘stick together’ during this challenging time. He concluded his pep talk by extending a cordial invitation to the squad, inviting them to Delhi and suggesting a future meeting. “You guys have worked really hard and played exceptionally well. Just stick together and keep on motivating each other. Also, whenever you are free and are in Delhi, then let’s meet again. You all are cordially invited from my side,” he remarked.
During his visit to the dressing room, PM Modi interacted with every Indian player, offering words of encouragement and support.
Turning to the match details, India posted a total of 240 runs in 50 overs. Notable contributions came from skipper Rohit Sharma (47), Virat Kohli (54), and KL Rahul (66). Mitchell Starc (3/55) was Australia’s standout bowler. In response, Australia faced early challenges at 47/3, but impressive performances from Travis Head (137) and Marnus Labuschagne (58) secured a six-wicket victory.
Looking ahead, both teams will now transition to a five-match T20I series set to commence on Thursday in Visakhapatnam.