Australia won their sixth World Cup by beating the hosts, India. People on social media had a range of reactions, with some praising the Kangaroos for their win and others being upset about the Blues’ loss.
The powerful Aussies easily beat India’s 241-run goal thanks to Travis Head’s brilliant hundred. This was after the Kangaroos lost two early wickets.
Australia has now won more ODI World Cups than any other team. India and the West Indies are now tied for second place with two titles each.
Online users, past players, politicians, and cricket fans all had different feelings about Australia’s win over the hosts.
“Dil Toot Gaya [heart broken],” used to write Aakash Chopra, an Indian cricket player.
Dil Toot Gaya.
But incredibly proud of our team.
Jai Hind 🇮🇳
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 19, 2023
With praise for Australia’s amazing comeback after losing the first two games of the event, Irfan Pathan said, “Well done Australia, you are truly a world champion.”
Well done Australia you are truly a world champion. Coming from behind beating one of the best team in the competition. #WorldCup2023
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 19, 2023
Harsha Bhogle, an Indian commentator, said, “I know it didn’t end the way it was meant to.” Today, they played a better team, which every team in this World Cup has done at some point.
I know it didn't end the way it was meant to. They came up today against a team that played better as every team in this World Cup has some day. But this was an outstanding, powerful performance that India, and the fans, should be mighty proud of.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 19, 2023
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said, “We can hold our heads high for the effort our boys put in throughout the tournament.” He also said, “Many congratulations to Australia on winning the World Cup.” They had the best team on the day of the race.
Many Congratulations Australia on winning the World Cup. They were the best side on the day of the finals. Travis Head was simply unbelievable,was the POTM in WTC finals,won the semis for Aus and played one of the best ever innings in a WC Final and finished the game.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 19, 2023
“Keep it up, boys,” Gautam Gambhir told them.
As I’ve said we are a champion team irrespective. So chin up boys….Many many congrats to Australia!
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) November 19, 2023
Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, the prime minister of Pakistan, also praised Head for his “phenomenal” run and said that the Australian team deserved to win the mega-event.
I congratulate Australia for winning the #CWC23. Phenomenal innings by Travis Head. Well played, Team India, better luck next time!
— Anwaar ul Haq Kakar (@anwaar_kakar) November 19, 2023
Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, said that the Rohit-Sharma family brought “immense pride to the nation.”
“Congratulations to Australia on their wonderful World Cup win! Their work throughout the tournament was admirable, and their win was truly magnificent. “I want to praise Travis Head for playing so well today,” he said.
Dear Team India,
Your talent and determination through the World Cup was noteworthy. You've played with great spirit and brought immense pride to the nation.
We stand with you today and always.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 19, 2023
Waqar Younis, a former Pakistani speedster, said it in a mocking way, as if they knew the whole time that the Kangaroos would beat India in the final.
“Told you…”Congrats on your success!At @patcummins30 & the yellow boys. “Australian Aussie Aussie” Oi! Oi’ Oi!” … “World Cup Final #AUSvIND #Younis,” Younis wrote on his X account.
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) November 19, 2023
It was also the “sultan of swing,” Wasim Akram, who praised the Aussies’ impressive win in the final.
Congratulations Australia for becoming the world champions. Aussies Aussie Aussie oi oi oi . @iamShaniera
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) November 19, 2023