The ODI World Cup 2023 was easy for team India as the team was very confident in playing all the previous series and winning continuously. But somehow, India lost the finals against Australia. Australia is a very brilliant team which can be judged by their year of winning the World Cup, which shows how strong the team is. And again they were in the finals in front of India. However, India is also one of the strongest teams among all which we all can see in the series of the 2023 World Cup. In this article, our main focus is to highlight the main mistakes that were made by the Indian team which led them to lose the final World Cup 2023.
1. Underestimation of Australia
India’s miscalculation of Australia played a big part in their loss in the 2023 World Cup final. India was expected to win, they seemed to think Australia wouldn’t be a tough challenge even when Australia already won the World Cup five times (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015) in a motion. This thinking affected how they played – being too careful when batting, and making mistakes in fielding and bowling. It wasn’t just in the game itself but in their whole approach. They looked nervous and lacked belief like they were overwhelmed by the importance of the match. This mental weakness is shown in the captain’s decisions and the team’s struggle to adjust to the changing conditions. Overall, India’s underestimation of Australia, both in skill and determination, had a significant impact on their performance in the final.
2. India’s slow batting
India’s strategy in the 2023 World Cup final against Australia didn’t work out well. They played too cautiously, scoring at just 4.5 runs per over, way below what was needed. It seemed like they were more focused on surviving the overs than scoring aggressively. This approach backfired, and India ended up with a below-average total of 240 runs.
Throughout the innings, India’s batsmen seemed hesitant and played it safe, mostly going for singles and doubles instead of hitting boundaries. This made it easy for Australia’s bowlers to control the game. The lack of urgency allowed Australia to settle into a rhythm, making it hard for India to speed up and score more runs.
From the beginning, it was clear that India’s slow batting was causing trouble. Australia’s bowlers took advantage of the situation, bowling accurately and economically, limiting India’s chances to score. In the end, India’s total of 228 wasn’t enough, and Australia comfortably chased down the target.
3. Rohit Sharma’s Impulsive shot
Rohit Sharma’s rash decision to take on Maxwell’s delivery became a game-changer, ultimately leading to India’s defeat against Australia. Up until that moment, Rohit had been performing well, and India was in a strong position. Unfortunately, his impulsive shot turned the tide in Australia’s favor.
Facing a full delivery from Maxwell, Rohit opted for an unnecessary big shot over the leg side which resulted in his dismissal as he was caught at deep mid-wicket. This setback proved to be a significant setback for India, reducing their available wickets to just four.
Rohit’s dismissal not only disrupted his own promising innings but also handed Australia a crucial advantage in the match. The unnecessary risk-taking at a critical point had a profound impact on India’s overall performance.
4. Surya Kumar Yadav and KL Rahul’s failure
Surya Kumar Yadav and KL Rahul, expected to be key players in India’s batting, faced a setback. Despite their impressive form earlier in the tournament, both fell short of expectations, contributing to India’s defeat.
Yadav, who had been performing exceptionally well, disappointed with only 18 runs off 28 balls. Struggling to find his rhythm, he couldn’t make an impact. On the other hand, Rahul managed 66 runs off 107 balls but couldn’t convert his promising start into a substantial score.
The performances of Yadav and Rahul created a low point in India’s middle order, and the team couldn’t recover from this setback.
5. Poor fielding
India’s fielding performance during the final against Australia fell well below expectations, significantly contributing to their loss. Multiple dropped catches and missed run-out opportunities gave Australia the chance to score more runs and gain momentum. A crucial error was KL Rahul’s slip catch, allowing Labuschagne to reach a half-century. Ravindra Jadeja also dropped a catch at mid-wicket. In the death overs, India’s fielding lapses, including missed run-outs and misfields, allowed Australia to score an additional 10-15 runs, proving decisive in the match’s outcome.