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Emotions ran high in the dressing room as India secured their spot in the World Cup 2023 final with a hard-fought victory over New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium. In a video shared by BCCI, moments of celebration unfolded, showcasing the camaraderie among players and coaching staff.
Head coach Rahul Dravid, beaming with pride, embraced players such as Kuldeep Yadav and Shubman Gill. Batting coach Vikram Rathour shared a special moment with Virat Kohli, particularly significant as Kohli had just broken Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most ODI centuries with a stellar 117-run knock.
The dressing room scenes captured the genuine camaraderie among the players. Ravichandran Ashwin’s heartfelt gesture towards Mohammed Shami stood out as he shook and kissed Shami’s hand, expressing admiration for Shami’s exceptional 7-wicket haul in the semifinals. Bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, elated by the victory, burst into laughter upon hearing Shami’s response, “jawab deke aya hu mai” (I have answered with my performance).
Adding to the jubilation, Yuzvendra Chahal visited the dressing room, warmly embracing Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishan Kishan. Kohli exchanged words with his former Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate, creating a moment of camaraderie.
Reflecting on the match, India chose to bat first, posting a formidable 397/4 in 50 overs. Skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill provided a strong start with a 71-run opening stand. Despite a partnership between New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell, Shami’s remarkable seven-wicket haul left the Blackcaps struggling, and India secured a 70-run victory.
The opponent for the final awaits, with South Africa and Australia set to face off in the second semi-final at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. As the team revels in their triumph, the anticipation for the World Cup final builds.