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Major disappointments for India in 2023: WTC 23 & CWC 2023 final losses

Flashback 2023: Major disappointments for India in 2023: WTC 23 & CWC 2023 final losses. Top disappointments for Team India in year 2023. Hits and misses for Team India in 2023.

CWC 2023_ Rohit Sharma the Indian Cricket team Captain _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©criccrazyjohns_Twitter)
India lost CWC 2023 Final and WTC 23 Final to Australia (Photo: ©criccrazyjohns/Twitter)

In the vast tapestry of Indian Cricket, the year 2023 left an indelible mark with two utmost crucial events—the intense battleground of the World Test Championship at Oval, England, and the grand spectacle of the World Cup hosted on home soil. 

However, the echoes of Linkin Park's poignant lines, 'I tried so hard and got so far, but in the end, it doesn't even matter,' encapsulate the bittersweet narrative. Disappointment for the repeated defeats at the World Test Championship was eventually put to rest for a spectacular World Cup journey, marked by 10 consecutive victories. But it too culminated in a heart-wrenching loss to Australia in the finale at Ahmedabad. 

Here, let's unravel the highs and lows of 2023 that mirrored the poignant lyrics of resilience, loss, and the enduring spirit of the game.

Rohit Sharma's Brigade Stumbles at the Final WTC 2023 Hurdle

After winning in the exhilarating Border-Gavaskar Trophy on home soil, India set their eyes, all on the coveted Test mace in England, fuelled by hope and anticipation. However, fate had a different chapter in store, revealing a contrasting narrative as the quest for the Test mace unfolded at the Oval.

India's perennial narrative of disappointment in crucial moments persisted again. The underwhelming record in ICC tournaments endured, as Australia handed India a resounding defeat in the WTC final on 7th June.

India's loss at the WTC final was also considered to be a playing 11 selection error as there was no Ravichandran Ashwin. But the primary cause was the underperformance of their top four batters—Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli.


Having to chase 444, India's batting faltered. Scott Boland's relentless bowling, notably removing Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja, dealt crucial blows to India. Ajinkya Rahane played a few shots, but an improper stroke led to his dismissal. 

The lower order couldn't withstand the Australian attack, and India was bowled out in the extra half-hour of play, securing a 209-run loss against the mighty Australia.

Asia Cup Triumph Fuels Fans’ Hopes for ODI World Cup

In the Asia Cup 2023, India showcased remarkable dominance, which culminated in a spectacular victory in the final. With an outstanding performance throughout the tournament, India's batting, bowling, and fielding consistently delivered exceptional results. 

Notably, India's comprehensive 10-wicket win in the final against Sri Lanka highlighted their cricketing calibre, as they chased down a modest target with ease, leaving a lasting impression of their superiority in the Asia Cup arena.

A collective sigh of relief echoed amidst the fans as Jasprit Bumrah, fully fit and in fine form, consistently picked up wickets. Having missed the majority of cricket in 2022 and early 2023, his resurgence instilled confidence among fans, increasing the anticipation for India's quest to bring home the World Cup trophy.

World Cup 2023: Another Heartbreak but this time on the home soil

In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, India embarked on a remarkable journey, dominating in consecutive matches in the group stage and the Semi-Final. Their one-sided victories against tough opponents like Australia (in the group stage), Pakistan, and England reflected a balanced team performance, combining batting prowess and clinical bowling.


The semi-final against New Zealand saw India secure a convincing win, erasing the nightmares of the 2019 World Cup. Fans were now hopeful of a triumphant final. However, in a high-stakes clash against Australia at Ahmedabad, India faced heartbreak as they fell short of securing the title. 

Travis Head emerged as a nightmare for India this year, inflicting significant damage with his bat in both the WTC and the World Cup. His remarkable 163-run innings at the World Test Championship and a formidable 137-run knock in the World Cup final were standout performances. 

Thus, the question arises: were the stars aligned for Head, to become India's ultimate cricketing nemesis?

Amidst back-to-back heartbreaks, Indian Cricket did script history! If not the men, the Women stood up.

Rana and Gayakwad's Spin Magic: India Scripts Historic Win by Spinning Australia Out

In a captivating fourth-day morning at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Sneh Rana and Rajeshwari Gayakwad instrumented a historic win for India Women against Australia. Despite Australia's promising efforts on the third day, reaching 233 for 5, India's bowlers, capitalising on the turning pitch, clinched five crucial wickets for just 28 runs in the first session of the final day. 

Rana's pivotal two-wicket burst, removing Annabel Sutherland and Alana King, set the tone, and Gayakwad's lethal deliveries ensured Australia's dismissal for 261. With a target of 75, India chased it down in under 19 overs, marking their first-ever Test victory against Australia in 11 attempts since 1977.  

The year thus, concludes on a disappointing note for India as they suffered a setback against South Africa in the first Test at Centurion, succumbing to a defeat by an innings and 32 runs.

Reflecting on 2023 and Anticipating 2024

Cricket in 2023 taught us a lifelong wisdom, that even your finest efforts may not guarantee optimal outcomes. The World Cup loss prompted reflections on the role of hard work, talent, and perhaps luck in success. Ultimately, it emphasizes the importance of accepting outcomes and fostering humility.  

As we bid farewell to 2023, we eagerly anticipate the fresh cricketing stories awaiting fans in the promising year of 2024.


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