Excitement filled the air in Ahmedabad, with high hopes for a thrilling match.
However, as the World Cup final unfolded, disappointment set in for many fans who started leaving before the last ball was bowled. The vibrant sea of India jerseys slowly dispersed, revealing empty orange seats in the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne had built a strong partnership, reaching a century stand. India’s initial promise in defending a total of 240 seemed to fade away as Australia took control.
Despite India’s early success with Australia at 47 for 3, the pitch, expected to favor spin, turned out to be more batsman-friendly as the night progressed.
Pat Cummins, Australia’s captain, had spoken about the satisfaction of silencing a massive crowd, and his team of 11 Australians did just that in front of over 90,000 spectators in Ahmedabad.
The day started with anticipation when Cummins won the toss and chose to put India in to bat. The crowd roared as Rohit Sharma showcased his brilliance, hitting towering sixes off Glenn Maxwell.
The atmosphere was electric, contrasting with the failed attempts to start a Mexican wave by the stadium DJ. Rohit’s aggressive and stylish play was in line with his consistent performance throughout the World Cup.
However, the mood shifted dramatically when Rohit, attempting another big shot, was caught by Travis Head, reminiscent of Kapil Dev’s iconic catch in the 1983 World Cup final.
The stadium, which had been buzzing with energy, fell silent as Head celebrated and Rohit walked off after scoring 47 off 31 balls.
As the match progressed, Head’s exceptional innings of 137 off 120 balls, along with Labuschagne, led Australia to a comfortable victory with only two runs needed.
The final moments played out in eerie silence, a stark contrast to the once lively atmosphere in the stadium filled with nearly 100,000 fans.