Australia are world champions for a record-extending sixth time! The Pat Cummins-led side played like a champion team against the Rohit Sharma-led India and deservedly won the Cricket World Cup 2023 title at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad yesterday.
Coming into the match, India were clearly the favourites, being the only undefeated team in the tournament. However, Australia showed once again why they have the most number of World Cup titles as they saved the best for the last.
Australia opted to bowl first and bundled out India for 240 in 50 Overs. On a tough batting surface, skipper Rohit Sharma (47 in 31 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes), Virat Kohli (54 in 63 balls, with four boundaries) and K.L. Rahul (66 in 107 balls, with one four) posted important knocks.
Mitchell Starc (3/55) was the pick of the bowlers for Australia. Skipper Pat Cummins (2/34) and Josh Hazlewood (2/60) also bowled well. Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell got a wicket each.
In the chase of 241, India had the Aussies down at 47/3. Knocks from Travis Head (137 in 120 balls, with 15 fours and four sixes) and Marnus Labuschagne (58 in 110 balls, with four boundaries) left the Indian team without answers and guided them to a six-wicket win in 43 Overs. Mohammed Shami took one wicket while Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets.
Kohli was named the ‘Player of the Tournament,’ having scored the most number of runs while Shami ended the campaign as the ‘Top Wicket-Taker.’