Australia captain Pat Cummins led from the front and finished with impressive figures of 2/34 from his 10 overs, picking up the crucial wickets of Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer to restrict India to a modest 240. His bold decision to bowl first after winning the toss was hailed by many.
Australia then rode on Travis Head (137) and Marnus Labuschagne (58 not out)’s 192-run fourth-wicket stand to beat India by six wickets and lift the coveted trophy for a record-extending sixth time.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australia Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, along with prominent politicians were at the game including former India captains and film stars.
PM Modi and Marles presented the World Cup trophy to the victorious Australia captain Pat Cummins after the final.
PM Modi visited the Indian dressing room after the match and met the players to motivate them.
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja shared a picture shaking hands with PM Modi on his social media account X posting: “We had a great tournament but we ended up short yesterday. We are all heartbroken but the support of our people is keeping us going. PM @narendramodi’s visit to the dressing room yesterday was special and very motivating.”
After the match, PM Modi had posted, “Dear Team India, Your talent and determination through the World Cup was noteworthy. You’ve played with great spirit and brought immense pride to the nation. We stand with you today and always.”