The cricket world is buzzing with anticipation as the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 final showdown between India and Australia unfolds at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad today. With India on the brink of clinching the coveted trophy on home soil, fans and the cricket fraternity are geared up for a historic clash.

India, having last won the ODI World Cup in 2011 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, enter the final with an unbeaten streak in the current edition of the tournament. The Men in Blue are eager to secure another victory and etch their names in cricket history once again.

Sachin Tendulkar’s gesture adds emotion to the final buildup

In a heartwarming gesture, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar presented former Indian skipper Virat Kohli with a special gift just before the commencement of the final. Tendulkar handed over his iconic number 10 jersey, worn during his last ODI match, symbolizing a passing of the torch to the next cricketing icon.

Cricket icons rally behind Team India

Amidst the fervor, fans and cricket experts flooded social media with good luck messages for Team India. Tendulkar, too, joined the chorus, expressing his support on X (formerly Twitter). The cricket maestro shared a photo with the caption “India Indiaaa!” along with the Indian flag emoji and the hashtag ‘CWC23Final’.

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Sachin Tendulkar optimistic for India win

Remarkably, numerous renowned figures have gathered to witness the grand finale, with Tendulkar among them expressing his best wishes and optimism for India to secure another World Cup victory.

Speaking to reporters at the Ahmedabad airport, Tendulkar conveyed his best wishes for the Indian team. He expressed hope that the team would emerge victorious against Australia, lifting the World Cup for the third time. Tendulkar acknowledged the fervent anticipation of fans, expressing confidence that the prayers of a billion-plus citizens would be answered.

“I am here to convey my heartfelt good wishes. I sincerely hope that the Indian team will overcome Australia and claim the World Cup for the third time. Fans have eagerly anticipated this day, and I fervently wish that the prayers of over a billion citizens will be answered today,” said Tendulkar while addressing reporters at the Ahmedabad airport.

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