Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins was left looking embarrassed and confused when he was caught up in cringeworthy scenes at the World Cup trophy presentation on Monday.
The skipper was left stranded alone on the stage when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian deputy PM Richard Marles abruptly walked off the stage during the ceremony in Ahmedabad after Australia's stunning six-wicket win over India.
Cummins seemed puzzled as he was left to stand awkwardly on the dais with the trophy in hand as fireworks went off behind him, sheepishly looking on for more than 30 seconds as his teammates shook hands with the politicians off the stage.
The rest of the side eventually joined him and kicked off overjoyed celebrations to mark the country's record sixth World Cup title, but the scenes struck a nerve with cricket fans, who took to social media to voice their astonishment at the scenes.
Other fans pointed out that the Indian team didn't stay on the field for the presentation, and that their shattered fans had also left the stadium in droves by the time the silverware was handed to the Aussie captain.
Former England Test captain Michael Vaughan was left very unimpressed by the end to the tournament. India came into the final as the only unbeaten side at the World Cup but were bundled out as they became the only hosts since the West Indies in 2007 to fail to win the most important trophy in limited-overs cricket.
Cummins' decision to bowl first was a masterstroke as Australia suffocated and tore through India's batting line-up to restrict them to 240 all out.
After losing three wickets relatively cheaply, the Aussies steadied the ship and raced to victory with seven overs to spare thanks to the 192-run partnership between Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head, who smashed a stunning 137 from just 120 balls.
Cummins later revealed a very risky call by coach Andrew McDonald was a crucial factor in the victory, which Vaughan said was the greatest in the history of the tournament.
McDonald took a big gamble when he decided to keep Travis Head in the Cup squad after he broke his hand during a match against South Africa in September.