The Indian cricket team, led by skipper Rohit Sharma, lost the 2023 ODI World Cup final to Australia by 6 wickets on Sunday. However, after the match, the devastated Indian team received a special visitor to help lift their spirits in the form of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Modi also advised the Indian captain to smile a little while noting that the entire nation was watching him. Prime Minister Modi then summoned Indian coach Rahul Dravid and expressed his appreciation for the hard work done by the Indian team.
The highlight of the two-minute clip was when the Prime Minister called the name of Indian player Mohammed Shami, telling him that he had performed well in the tournament, before pulling the player in for a warm hug. The Prime Minister also shook hands with the rest of the Indian team, including vice-captain KL KL, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah.
Shami was the highest wicket-taker in this edition of the World Cup, taking 24 wickets in just 7 matches at an average of 10.70 and a strike rate of 12.20. In addition, Virat Kohli was the highest run-scorer of the tournament with 765 runs, missing half-centuries in only 2 out of the 11 matches he played.
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Updated: November 21, 2023, 11:50 AM IST