Jadeja thanks PM Modi for dressing room visit

A day after the devastating loss to Australia, cricketer Ravindra Jadeja took to social media and expressed his anguish at the turn of events at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The all-rounder from Gujarat is one of the first players to post his views on social media in the wake of the 6-wicket loss against the team led by Pat Cummins.

The 34-year-old left-handed batter on Monday afternoon posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that although the Men in Blue had a great tournament, they fell short of expectations at the final.

Jadeja, who hails from the state of Gujarat, also appreciated the visit made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the dressing room yesterday after the game. He added a picture of the dressing room, in which the PM is seen shaking hands with Jadeja and chatting with him as Mohammed Shami, Shubman Gill among others look on.

The Saurashtra-born player called the PM’s visit to the dressing room “special and very motivating.”

A fan account also posted a picture of the PM consoling Shami with a hug. The pacer had a brilliant outing in the World Cup, and was feted as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament with 24 scalps in seven matches.

— CricCrazyJohns (@CricCrazyJohns)

Meanwhile, his colleague Ravichandran Ashwin called the loss a “mighty mighty heartbreak.” He gave a shout-out to Virat Kohli, Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah for their special records clocked during the tournament.

“Everyone in the team had several days to remember during this campaign, and special mentions to @imVKohli @MdShami11 @ImRo45 and @Jaspritbumrah93,” he wrote.

He also congratulated Cummins and the team for their outstanding show on the field, and called them the giants of modern-day cricket.

“What they did on the field yesterday was just unbelievable! Congrats on their 6th World Cup win,” the 37-year-old spinner wrote.

A “heartbroken” Shreyas Iyer also took to social media to describe his state of mind. Iyer, who managed to score only four runs, wrote that the loss “still hasn’t sunk in and it won’t for a while.”

The 28-year-old Mumbai player thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the support staff for his World Cup debut.

— ShreyasIyer15 (@ShreyasIyer15)

“My first World Cup was an experience that has taught me so much and made me grateful for everything that’s come my way. Thank you to the @BCCI, team management, support staff, my teammates and you the fans for backing us from the beginning right up until the end,” he wrote.

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