The country sank into collective mourning on Sunday evening after Team India suffered a six-wicket defeat to Australia in the final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
A teary-eyed Mohammed Siraj, a crestfallen Rohit Sharma, a shocked Virat Kohli, along with a dejected Jasprit Bumrah and KL Rahul on the field were seen trying to process the outcome of the encounter against Australia.
Away from the field, corporate captains showed solidarity with the team and urged the country to put their weight behind the captain and his squad.
Anand Mahindra, dejected with the results, tweeted soon after the match concluded. Sharing an image of a man standing against a lamp-post in a maze of fog, the Mahindra Group chairman reiterated that “sport is the greatest teacher of humility.”
He went on to laud Team India for their efforts which included an unbeaten 10-match stint in the tournament. “Team India was amazing in every way and came much further than anyone had hoped for initially. We need to support our men in blue now, more than ever,” he wrote.
He also wrote that one should not be in denial of one’s feelings and must “acknowledge one’s feeling of loss—and not sweep it under the carpet if you want to move on.”
Harsh Goenka also gave a shout-out to the cricket team, and wrote that their “valiant performance in the World Cup showcased true grit and resilience.” The Chairperson of the RPG Group urged them to hold their heads high, and emphasised that “losing and winning is part of the game.”
The 65-year-old corporate captain had a special mention for Captain Sharma. In his tweet, he wrote, “Team India has played superbly throughout the World Cup. ‘Sharma’ne ki koi zaroorat nahin, we can hold our heads high with pride,” with a reference to Rohit Sharma.
Vani Kola, hit by severe Monday blues, took to LinkedIn to share her thoughts. Quoting cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, she asked her followers how to deal with the post-loss sadness.
“Such high hopes. Such certainty of winning. 140 CR Indians crying. How to get through the Monday Blues?” the Founder and Managing Director of Kalaari Capital, asked.
In the post-match press conference, head coach Rahul Dravid described the emotional scenes in the dressing room as reality sunk in.
“Of course, he (Rohit Sharma) is disappointed, as are many boys in the dressing room…There were a lot of emotions in that dressing room. It was tough to see as a coach because I know how hard these guys have worked, what they have put in, the sacrifices they have made,” said Dravid, who was part of the team that lost the 2003 World Cup final to Australia.
Kunal Bahl, the co-founder of Titan Capital left a few sad emoticons.
Edelweiss Mutual Funds MD & CEO Radhika Gupta shared a few pearls of wisdom. Sharing a picture of a dejected Kohli on X, she wrote that even the greatest leaders and achievers can experience a dry spell. She also explained that it was okay to mourn our setbacks and it doesn’t make us weak.
“Great leaders also have bad days. And shedding a tear doesn’t make you weak. A billion hearts giving you captain, ” reads her post.
Biocon Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw wrote that although Team India put up a spectacular performance, luck was not on their side that day. “Team India lost to a team that also have a winning spirit. We played a great tournament but bad luck in the finals as it could have gone either way- alas it didn’t go our way! Congrats to Australia which has proven that they too are invincible!!” reads her tweet.