Rahul Dravid not able to watch as entire India dressing room breaks down
Rahul Dravid, who often shows less emotions, this time was not able to console dejected Rohit Sharma & Co in the dressing room after WC final loss
Over 142 crore Indian fans’ hopes were dashed as Australia won their sixth ICC World Cup at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Throughout the tournament, India were unbeaten, and skipper Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid were lauded for maintaining a good team spirit. However, a loss in the final with so much expectations must have been a hard pill to swallow. Dravid, who has been with the team for over a year, and who himself is a man of less emotions was not able to watch India Cricket Team breaking down.
In the post-match press conference, the head coach was asked about the dressing atmosphere after India’s six-wicket loss to Australia.
Rahul Dravid said: “Yeah, of course, he’s disappointed, as are many of the boys in the dressing room. It wasn’t, yeah, there was a lot of emotions in that dressing room. It was tough to see as a coach because I know how hard these guys have worked, what they’ve put in, the sacrifices they’ve made. So, it’s tough. I mean, it’s tough to see that as a coach, because you get to know these boys personally.”
“You get to see the effort they put in, the hard work that we’ve put in over the last month, the kind of cricket we’ve played. But yeah, but that’s sport. That happens. It can happen. And the better team won on the day. And I’m sure that the sun will come up tomorrow morning. We’ll learn from it. We’ll reflect.
And we’ll move on, as will everyone else. I mean, that’s what you do as a sportsmen. You have some great highs in sports, and you have some lows in sports. And you keep moving on. You don’t stop. Because if you don’t put yourself on the line, you don’t put yourself in games like these, you don’t experience the great highs. And neither do you experience the great lows. And if you don’t do that, you don’t learn,” Dravid added.
India Cricket Team face another heartbreak
It was deja vu for Rohit Sharma & Co. and for Indian fans as this was the second time in six months that the team lost to Australia in the ICC final.
The first one was the WTC final by 209 runs in Oval. And now, the World Cup loss. The wait continues for India Cricket Team to win the ICC event. It’s been over a decade now that India has not had an ICC trophy. This is the 10th loss in the knockouts after winning last in the 2013 Champions Trophy.