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Gripping WTC Final Begins With A Touching Moment Of Remembrance For Odisha Tragedy

  • Posted on June 7, 2023
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  • By Ishna
India set to face Australia in 2023 WTC Final


India and Australia clashed in a gripping World Test Championship (WTC) Final at England's Kennington Oval. But before the battle commenced, both teams united in a poignant moment to honor the victims of a devastating train accident in Odisha. Wearing black armbands, the players stood together, their left sleeves bearing symbols of respect. A minute's silence was observed, a solemn tribute to the more than 250 lives lost and the numerous injured in the tragic collision between two express trains and a freight train in Balasore.

India have a strong chance of reaching the World Test Championship final
India have a strong chance of reaching the World Test Championship final

In a heartfelt statement, the BCCI expressed the team's deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. The cricketing world paused to acknowledge the immense loss, transcending the boundaries of the game.

As the match began, India won the toss and chose to field, allowing Australia to bat first. However, Australia faced an early setback, losing their first wicket with just two runs on the board. Usman Khawaja, the leading run-scorer in the WTC cycle, departed for a duck, caught behind by wicketkeeper Shrikar Bharat off Mohammad Siraj's delivery. Marnus Labuschagne joined David Warner at the crease, aiming to stabilize the innings. After four overs, Australia stood at four runs for the loss of one wicket.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma explained the decision to bowl first, considering the overcast conditions. Although it was a tough call to leave out the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin, Sharma emphasized the team's needs and the inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane's valuable experience.

With the backdrop of the Odisha train tragedy, the teams embarked on a captivating battle, driven by the memory of the victims. The WTC Final became a stage for both cricketing excellence and a powerful tribute to those affected by the heart-wrenching incident.

India vs Australia
India vs Australia

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