Irfan Pathan reacts after India lose World Cup Final against Australia

The Aussies recorded a comfortable six-wicket win in Ahmedabad

By Web Desk
November 19, 2023
Irfan Pathan (L) congratulated Australia (R) after winning the ICC World Cup 2023. — X/ICC

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan reacted after Australia beat India by six wickets to win the ICC World Cup 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, on Sunday.

The mighty Aussies clinched their record-extending sixth World Cup, at-least four more than West Indies and India who have two titles each in their trophy cabinet.

Irfan Pathan took to his X, formerly Twitter, account to congratulate Australia for winning the World Cup saying that it is not easy to win by beating one of the best teams in the competition.

"Well done Australia you are truly a world champion. Coming from behind beating one of the best team in the competition. #WorldCup2023," he posted on X.

It must be noted that just within the span of two years, Australia have now won all three ICC trophies — T20 World Cup, World Test Championship and ODI World Cup — proving why they are the greatest cricketing nation without a single doubt.

Earlier, Travis Head starred for the winning side by scoring a remarkable century as the left-handed batter stood tall despite his side losing three early wickets.

Head trashed Indian bowlers on all parts of the ground and scored 137 runs on 120 balls with 15 fours and four sixes, showing no mercy on their opposition.

Head was greatly supported by a calm and composed Marnus Labuschagne as the right-hander started his innings slowly and played while rotating the strike, providing Head the room to find the moments and hit boundaries.

The two batters built a formidable 192-run partnership which guided Australia to yet another title triumph.

Batting first, India didn't get an ideal start as Mitchell Starc gave them a big blow in the fifth over by removing star opener Shubman Gill for just four runs. The right-handed batter was caught at mid-on by Adam Zampa.

However, that blow couldn't stop Rohit from playing his natural game in the powerplay as the 36-year-old continued with his berserk display and scored crucial runs.

But Sharma lost his wicket in the 10th over and the next batter, Shreyas Iyer, followed him in the next over just after scoring four runs.

However, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli built a 67-run partnership and looked all set to score big. But the latter became Cummins' victim just after completing his half-centuries as he misjudged a short ball.

Rahul continued to play but he didn't have much support from the other hand as all the other Indian batters kept on losing wickets at intervals and the team was soon all-out for just 240 runs in 50 overs.