We tried everything – Rohit Sharma on India’s World Cup final defeat
Team India’s dream run met an unexpected end in the grand finale of the World Cup 2023 as Australia edged past them in a dampened encounter in Ahmedabad. Things looked solid initially for India with the bat, but once Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were back in the hut, it was an unchecked descent into decadence.
Despite the loss, Rohit Sharma and his men still had a wonderful World Cup campaign as they produced 10 wins in a row before hitting the snag in the final. The Indian captain, heartbroken after the loss, shed some light on how the game transpired.
Rohit said, “The result has not gone our way. We were not good enough today. We tried everything but it wasn't supposed to be. 20-30 runs more would have been good, KL and Kohli were stitching a good partnership and we were looking at 270-280 but we kept losing wickets.”
Talking about the surface, Rohit said, “When you have 240 on the board, you want to take wickets but credit to Head and Labuschagne who stitched together a big partnership and put us completely out of the game. We tried everything we could but I feel the wicket got slightly better to bat under lights.”
He concluded by saying, “Don't want to give that as an excuse. We knew under lights it would be slightly better to bat, but don't want to give that as an excuse. We didn't put enough runs on the board. With the seamers upfront, we took those 3 wickets and another wicket there, we could open up the game. Credit to those two guys in the middle for stitching an outstanding partnership.”