Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a spectator at the 2023 ODI World Cup final in Ahmedabad, exhibited his sportsmanship by visiting the Indian dressing room after the team’s challenging loss to Australia.
On the day following the intense match, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, Mohammed Shami, took to social media to share glimpses of their moments with PM Modi.
Shami, who clinched an impressive 24 wickets in just seven matches and became India’s highest wicket-taker in ODI World Cup history, expressed gratitude to all Indians for their unwavering support. His social media post acknowledged PM Modi’s special visit to the dressing room, which served as a motivational boost. Shami conveyed optimism, stating, “We had a great tournament, but we ended up short yesterday. We are all heartbroken, but the support of our people is keeping us going. PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the dressing room yesterday was special and very motivating.”
Unfortunately yesterday was not our day. I would like to thank all Indians for supporting our team and me throughout the tournament. Thankful to PM @narendramodi for specially coming to the dressing room and raising our spirits. We will bounce back! pic.twitter.com/Aev27mzni5
— 𝕸𝖔𝖍𝖆𝖒𝖒𝖆𝖉 𝖘𝖍𝖆𝖒𝖎 (@MdShami11) November 20, 2023
Similarly, Jadeja, reflecting on the team’s heartbreak after falling short in the final, emphasized the uplifting impact of the people’s support. He appreciated PM Modi’s visit, describing it as “special and very motivating.”
We had a great tournament but we ended up short yesterday. We are all heartbroken but the support of our people is keeping us going. PM @narendramodi’s visit to the dressing room yesterday was special and very motivating. pic.twitter.com/q0la2X5wfU
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) November 20, 2023
During the post-final ceremony, PM Modi, joined by Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, presented the World Cup trophy to the Australian skipper Pat Cummins. The ceremonial exchange highlighted the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie that transcends national boundaries.