Pat Cummins has been hailed for his classy act for the Australian support staff team after winning the nation's sixth World Cup. The Australians were left jubilant after a Travis Head masterclass helped the visitor's defeat India at home in the World Cup final.
The Narendra Modi Stadium was silent as fans streamed out after watching Australia edge closer and closer to the 240 total. Unfortunately, the sea of blue that encompassed the stadium disappeared as the Australians celebrated with the trophy.
Captain Cummins was involved in an awkward moment during the ceremony, but was able to parade the trophy around aftrer the match. And Cummins showed his class as captain during the celebrations as he handed the trophy over to the Australian support team.
Cummins then took a photo of the Indian support staff in what would have been a very special moment. Fans were full of praise for the captain who has led by example since arriving in India ahead of the tournament.
This was heartwarming to see
— Syed Irfan Ahmad (@Iam_SyedIrfan) November 19, 2023
Great gesture by the Great Sportsman
Pat Cummins the pure gentleman.. truly a champion 🏆
— ShahniVerse (@callshahnila) November 19, 2023
That is such a polite gesture of the Australia team
— Lailaa (@mee_lailaa) November 19, 2023
Good gesture. He is such a down to earth man
— K A I N A T (@Miss_Universe8) November 19, 2023
Cummins has continually dealt with criticism over his captaincy at this World Cup, but his aggressive tactics and huge call to bowl first in the final have been lauded. Having shown the team is completely behind Cummins' leadership, Australia have enjoyed a brilliant 2023 season.
In July his side retained the Ashes on English soil before beating India in the World Test Championship final. They then overcame all the odds to beat the tournament hosts in their own backyard to win the ODI World Cup in front of 130,000 fans hoping it went the other way.
Pat Cummins involved in awkward World Cup presentation
The post-match scenes did cause drama with the presentation having been already slammed for its awkward set-up when Cummins was left awkwardly standing on stage.
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.
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.
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