Despite falling short in the final match against Australia, India’s impressive run of 10 consecutive victories on home turf in the tournament has left a lasting impression. The Australian team, however, showcased their prowess in all aspects of the game, securing a six-wicket victory.
Coach’s Pride in Team’s Performance
India’s head coach, Dravid, expressed his pride in the team’s performance throughout the tournament. He commended the quality of cricket played by the team and their exceptional efforts. Despite not having their best game in the final, Dravid extended his congratulations to the Australian team for their superior performance on the day.
Exceptional Leadership and Batting by Captain Rohit
Rohit, the team’s captain, ended the campaign as the second-highest scorer, setting a high standard at the start of the innings. Dravid praised Rohit’s exceptional leadership and his commitment to the team, both on and off the field. He also lauded Rohit’s batting skills and his dedication to leading by example with a positive, attacking brand of cricket.
India’s Batting Struggles in the Final
India’s batting performance in the final was disappointing, with the team struggling to break free from Australia’s tight bowling attack during the middle overs. Dravid attributed the team’s inability to reach a more competitive target to Australia’s excellent bowling and the loss of wickets at crucial times.
India’s Wait for Major ICC Event Victory Continues
India’s wait for a victory at a major men’s ICC event continues, with their last triumphs in the 2011 Cricket World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy seeming increasingly distant. However, Dravid insisted that the team was not affected by nerves or pressure, and simply did not execute as well as Australia on the day.
Dravid’s Future Remains Uncertain
When asked about his future, Dravid chose not to comment, stating that his focus had been solely on the World Cup campaign. The Indian men’s team will be back in action in just four days for a T20I series against Australia.