Monday, 20 November 2023 | PNS | DEHRADUN
With Australia having won the crown of championship by thrashing the host India by six wickets in the World Cup decider played in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmadabad, a visibly sad Indian skipper Rohit Sharma said that they had tried all means to rise up to the challenge. “But somehow we failed.” He further said that batting under the LED lights was definitely an advantage, but in the same breath, he said, “I do not want to make any excuse for our defeat.” He commended K L Rahul and Virat Kohli for their valuable partnership. “We hoped to take the score to 270 to 280 runs but we kept on losing wickets at regular intervals that limited us to 240. With mere 240 to defend, we needed quick Australian wickets. Our starting was quite good but later we failed to maintain the momentum,” he said. He at the same time lauded the spirited and steady batting by Travis Head and Marnus Labuschange. “Their 190-run partnership propelled their victory while throwing us out of the match,” he said. “Our pacers took three early wickets but we desperately needed another wicket to get back into the game. But that did not happen,” Sharma said.