Indian Cricket Team Wins Gold in Asian Games: Men’s Indian Cricket team bags the GOLD medal in the Asian Games 2023 after the final game against Afghanistan ended as “no result due to rain”.
Men’s Indian Cricket Team Wins Gold in Asian Games 2023
Earlier to the Men’s Cricket team, the Women’s cricket team also won the GOLD medal by beating Sri Lanka in the Asian Games 2023 Final by 19 runs. With huge expectations around the Indian Cricket Team in the Asian Games 2023, Ruturaj Gaikwad led team fulfiled the expectations by adding another Gold medal to the Indian Medal Tally.
India who became the first team to qualify for the Final was scheduled to face Afghanistan on October 7 to play the final game. Winning the toss, India decided to bowl first and made an impressive start to the game.
Shivam Dube dismissed Afghanistan’s opener Zubaid Akbari and drew the first blood while Arshdeep Singh dismissed Mohammad Shahzad for 4 runs and added pressure to the batters.
Afghanistan lost their first 3 wickets for 12 runs and was in need of building a partnership to save the sinking ship. Shahidullah Kamal and Gulbadin Naib became the saviours of the game by adding 60 runs to the scoreboard.
While Afghanistan were batting at 18.2 overs, the rain intervened in the game and forced the match to halt when Afghanistan scored 112 runs for 5 wickets. As the rain continued to pour past the cutoff time, the officials declared India as the winner and awarded the Gold medal on account of being the higher seeds.
Indian Men’s Cricket team won the Gold medal without batting a single over in the Final game of the tournament. Afghanistan and Sri Lanka bagged a silver medal each while Bangladesh secured the bronze medal by beating Pakistan by 6 wickets(DLS method). With the Gold, India’s medal tally moves to 102 in their overall medal count.