As anticipation builds for the ODI World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia at Narendra Modi Stadium, members of the transgender community in Prayagraj performed prayers for the victory of the ‘Men in Blue.’ The vibrant display of support showcased the diverse ways in which fans are expressing their enthusiasm for the cricket extravaganza.
In addition to the prayers in Prayagraj, a ‘hawan’ was organised at Mumbai’s Madhavbaug Temple, where cricket enthusiasts gathered to pray for India’s success in the final match. Supporters, donned in Team India’s jerseys, participated in the ritual, hoping for a triumphant performance against the five-time World Cup champion Australia.
India advanced to the final with a convincing 70-run victory over New Zealand. The blazing start provided by Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, together with hundreds from Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, set the stage for a big goal. India’s position in the final was guaranteed by KL Rahul’s performances and Mohammed Shami’s seven-wicket haul.
Australia faced a stiff battle from South Africa in the second semifinal as they sought a modest total of 213 on a difficult track at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Despite challenges, the five-time winners were able to rebound, with skipper Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc leading the side to a three-wicket victory.
As the cricketing world awaits the epic clash in Ahmedabad, fans from different communities are coming together to show their support and fervently pray for India’s triumph in the World Cup final.