In a dazzling face-off at the Narendra Modi Stadium this Sunday, India came up short in the 2023 World Cup final against Australia, witnessing the Aussies assert dominance both with the bat and the ball. The much-anticipated star-studded event, brimming with extravagant shows, was poised to celebrate India securing their third World Cup trophy. However, the Australians had different plans, clinching their sixth title with a convincing 6-wicket victory. The hosts posted a modest total of 240, facing a relentless onslaught from the Aussie bowling attack. Travis Head’s remarkable 137 made the chase even smoother.
As Indians grapple with the disappointment of the loss, their Pakistani counterparts have seized the moment, sparing no effort in endless teasing and trolling. On the micro-blogging site ‘X,’ one user taunted, “Manipulating the entire tournament in your favor, tailoring pitches to the opposition, and yet faltering when it matters the most.”
Another chimed in with a poetic touch, saying, “Na ishq main, na pyar main, jo maza India ki haar main.”
Contributing to the post-match spectacle, Babar Azam expressed his congratulations to Australia on their dominant final performance through an Instagram post. He wrote, “Congratulations @CricketAus! What a commanding performance in the final.” Some couldn’t help but view this as Babar’s subtle retaliation for Virat Kohli congratulating England on their 2022 T20 World Cup win against Pakistan.
The Twitter trend, now on ‘X,’ titled ‘Babar Laughed,’ also picked up steam as Pakistani fans found humor in envisioning Babar’s amusement during India’s top-order struggles early in the match.
In the midst of the anticipated banter between India and Pakistan, the true victor in the game emerges as the one who performs better, and on Sunday, the Australians showcased their superiority. Despite the commendable effort from Rohit Sharma’s team, which fought with determination on a dry pitch, the Aussie bowlers seized every advantage. Despite India’s bowlers causing concern for Australia by dismantling their top order, reducing them to 47 for 3 wickets, it just wasn’t India’s day or year to lift the trophy.