India vs Australia – “Wasn’t Invited For World Cup 2023 Final,” Claims Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev led India to their first ODI World Cup title in 1983.© X (Twitter)
Former India captain Kapil Dev on Sunday claimed that he was not invited to the World Cup final between the hosts and Australia here. Kapil, who led India to their first ODI World Cup title in 1983, said he wanted to travel for the match with the rest of his teammates.
“I wasn’t invited there. They didn’t call me so I didn’t go. As simple as that. I wanted the entire ’83 team to be there with me but I think because it’s such a big event and people are so busy with their handling responsibilities, sometimes they forget,” Kapil told ABP News.
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Other former Indian captains present at the Narendra Modi Stadium included Sourav Ganguly, who was invited in the capacity of former BCCI president. It is a tradition for the BCCI to invite former presidents and officials.
Other celebrities present for the high-profile match were actors Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. Badminton great Prakash Padukone was also seen sitting in the stands.
In the final, gritty half-centuries by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul took India to 240 against Australia in the ICC World Cup 2023 final at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.
The five-time champions Australia opted to bat first, and the players backed up skipper Pat Cummins’ choice with controlled bowling and excellent fielding in front of a sea of blue jerseys from India.
After skipper Rohit Sharma’s onslaught of 47, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul scored 54 and 66, respectively, but the ball dominated the bat on a sluggish, dry pitch.
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