A bitter pill to swallow

2023 World Cup final IND vs AUS: You could almost hear the mournful sighs across the ground as the Indian players stood in complete silence at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, trying to process the world’s bitterness and regret. World Cup trophy going away.

Back in the stands, tears welled up in the eyes of many wearing blue jerseys. The 2003 competition did not end like this.

When India won their first title in the most remarkable circumstances two decades ago, it was meant to usher in a new era for the sport in the country, cricket watchers argued. But the heartbreak on March 23 left some wondering if the hype had been created by Kapil DevIt was worth praising the men. Still, they continued with hope and hope. Their patience was rewarded after eight years of procrastination and despair.

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The irony is that India will face the same opponents on Sunday as on that thrilling evening in 2003. Both, unpredictable and elusive in nature, fighting with the same reputation, for a crown, but more honor.

That India still undefeated at this edition as Australia happened then to be the only significant difference.

Nerves shredded by expectations, India lead their fourth World Cup final, believing that they are destined to win the competition on home turf. Australia, on the other hand, looked out of touch and out of rhythm for most of the contest, but they always held themselves back from abandoning all hope of victory.

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The reigning champions didn’t, the outsiders came in mercurial, the strong contender stayed true to his ‘choker tag’, and after six weeks of high-voltage drama, here we are: a final spicy World Cup.

No matter which team wins the Motera, however, whatever story is being reverse-engineered as fate, on some level this will always be India’s World Cup, not because they played the hosts, but the one who made many conquering heroes for them. , a record-breaker, a watermark that promises not to fade so easily.

But don’t be surprised just yet!

India will have a lot to offer on Sunday, make sure you keep your sensitive emotions in check until then.

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