Pat Cummins caught up in 'awkward' trophy presentation scenes after World Cup final

The Australian captain was left to awkwardly stand alone during the World Cup celebrations.

Pat Cummins pictured during World Cup final trophy presentation
Pat Cummins has been left awkwardly standing on an empty stage in the World Cup Final trophy presentation. Image: Getty

Pat Cummins was caught up in one of the most awkward trophy presentations after he was left to stand alone holding the Cricket World Cup trophy on an empty stage. Australia pulled off one of the all-time sporting upsets, defeating India by six wickets in their home World Cup to be crowned world champions.

The host nation had won the previous three editions of the World Cup and it seemed India was destined to make it four straight after making an undefeated run to the final but it wasn't to be. The victory was Australia's sixth men's ODI World Cup triumph and extended India's international trophy drought, which has seen them without an international ICC trophy since 2011.

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The Australian side waited off the stage to receive their medals as Cummins was presented the trophy by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles. He was then left to stand by himself on the stage for around 30 seconds awkwardly looking around.

Pat Cummins, pictured here with Narendra Modi and Richard Marles after the World Cup final.
Pat Cummins alongside Narendra Modi and Richard Marles. (Photo by Alex Davidson-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Cummins stood waiting while the remaining few fireworks went off as the politicians shook hands with the rest of the Australian team off the stage. To make matters worse the 130,000 seat stadium was near empty as Indian fans had already left to start their journey home.

BBC's Matthew Henry said" "It’s a sorry scene now from an Indian perspective, some have stayed for the presentation. Most have not.” Social media users were also quick to call out the abysmal trophy presentation.

Indian players 'inconsolable' after World Cup defeat

Leading cricket journalist Bharat Sundaresan stated the Indian side left the field immediately after congratulating the Aussies on their win. "Have to feel for this Indian team. KL Rahul and Mohammad Siraj looked inconsolable while even Rohit Sharma didn’t hang around at all after the customary handshakes and just ran up the long steps here to the dressing-room," he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

While Indian Cricinfo writer Deivarayan Muthu, said there is unimaginable hurt from the Indians who truly believed this was their World Cup to lose. “Siraj has tears in his eyes. Rahul crumbles to the floor. Rohit and Kohli are expressionless. Bumrah walks off the field tossing what looks like water bottles to the floor in disgust. There is so much hurt out there,” he wrote.

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The result shattered India’s dreams of ending a global title drought, with the hosts bowled out for 240 and Travis Head's heroics helping Australia get over the line despite a shaky start.

Rohit Sharma said the move to bowl first ultimately won Australia the game. “We tried everything we could but I thought the wicket got slightly better to bat on under the lights,” he said.

“We knew under the lights it would be slightly better. I don’t want to give that as an excuse, we didn’t bat well enough to put enough runs on the board. It wasn’t supposed to be. Honestly, 20-30 more runs would’ve been good. I thought when KL (Rahul) and Virat (Kohli) were batting, we were looking at 270-280 at that point and we kept losing wickets.”

At one stage during the run chase, Australia slumped to 3-47 before the heroics from Head and the steady hands of Marnus Labushagne put on 192 runs. Head notched a World Cup final century before being caught on the boundary with Labuschagne going on to see through the win, finishing undefeated on 58.

AHMEDABAD, INDIA - NOVEMBER 19: Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne of Australia poses with the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Trophy following the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup India 2023 Final between India and Australia at Narendra Modi Stadium on November 19, 2023 in Ahmedabad, India. (Photo by Alex Davidson-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
Australia was 3-47 before heroics from Travis Head and Marnus Labushagne put on 192 runs, with Head bringing up a century and Labushagne finishing undefeated on 58. Image: Getty

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