ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final – Rohit Sharma – ‘We tried everything we could’

About 20-30 more runs while batting, a bigger partnership between KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, and ideally a score of 270-280 are among the things Rohit Sharma would have liked his batting line-up to have achieved to make the World Cup final more of a contest rather than the eventual six-wicket loss to Australia in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

India managed a modest 240 after they were put in to bat, with half-centuries from Kohli and Rahul after Rohit gave them another rollicking start. But the Australia bowlers’ excellent bowling on a slow pitch restricted the hosts, and their batters then chased it down with 42 balls remaining, led by a match-winning 137 from Travis Head, who was named the Player of the Match.

“Honestly, the result hasn’t gone our way,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation, “And we know that we were not good enough today. But I’m really proud of the team, how we played from game one. It wasn’t our day, we tried everything we could from our side but it wasn’t supposed to be.

“Honestly, 20-30 [runs] more would’ve been good. We spoke around 25-30 overs when KL and Virat were batting. I thought when they were batting they were stitching a good partnership there and then we just needed to bat as long as possible. We were looking at 270-280 at that point, but then we kept losing wickets. We couldn’t stitch a big partnership there, and that’s exactly what Australia did to win the game. They stitched a big partnership after that three [early] wickets.”

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