File photo of Indian cricket team all-rounder Hardik Pandya© AFP
Indian cricket team all-rounder Hardik Pandya suffered a major heartbreak midway through Cricket World Cup 2023 when he was ruled out of the competition due to an injury. During the group stage against Bangladesh, the all-rounder was forced to limp off the field after injuring his left ankle and the severity of the injury meant his World Cup journey came to a premature end. Ahead of the Cricket World Cup 2023 final against Australia in Ahmedabad, Pandya took to social media to send a special message to his teammates, urging them to ‘bring the trophy home’ to their billions of fans.
“Guys, I couldn’t be more proud of this team. Everything we’ve done so far, how far we’ve come, is a credit to years of hard work behind us. We’re now one step away from glory. From doing something special that we’ve dreamed of since we were kids. To raise the cup not just for ourselves but for the billion people behind us. Always with you with all my love and all my heart. Now let’s bring the cup home. Jai Hind,” Pandya said in a video posted on social media platform X (formerly Twitter).
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) 18 November 2023
Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten India will look to end a 10-year global title drought in front of 130,000 fans in the Cricket World Cup 2023 final against five-time champions Australia on Sunday.
India have won 10 straight in the tournament as they seek a third World Cup triumph to add to their victories in 1983 and 2011, the latter of which came at home.
Despite the country’s cricketing riches, India are without a major international title since the Champions Trophy in 2013 and expectations in the cricket-mad nation of 1.4 billion people have reached fever pitch.
However, the hosts are up against an Australian team that has won eight matches in a row and will be playing in their eighth World Cup final.
(With AFP inputs)
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