Australia were not clear favorites in the 2023 ODI World Cup. They started their campaign with two big defeats, they had injury problems and many out of form players and most of their wins in the league stage were not convincing enough. But the captain Pat Cummins His side were happy to “save our best for last” as they convincingly thrashed hosts India – who were unbeaten in the tournament until Sunday – by six wickets. Finally To win the ODI World Cup for the sixth time.
“You have to go and win a World Cup,” he said in the post-match presentation. “You can’t wait for that to happen. And I think you have to be brave sometimes, you have to get on with the game. And that was a real change after the first two games. Especially with our batting you saw the openers coming out really aggressive. And didn’t quite budge from it for the rest of the tournament.
“Looks like we saved our best for last. And some big match players stood up and yes, we’re pretty pissed off.”
Cummins also changed Australia’s approach to the attacking approach of their openers. Finished with Australia’s openers Best combined average 47.86 in the tournament and their strike rate of 111.19 was second only to India’s 116.99.
In the final, Australia, chasing 241, found themselves in trouble at 47 for 3. Mohammad Shami removed David Warner for 7 runs in the second over and Jasprit Bumrah caught Mitchell Marsh for 15 runs. Soon after, Bumrah got a crucial wicket. Steven Smith in the seventh over, pins him in front for 4 runs.
Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne then combined for a match-winning partnership of 192 runs to keep India in the game at no point.
“I was one of those blokes whose heart was fluttering up, I was in motion [after 47 for 3]”Marnus walked in and out and kept a straight head,” Cummins said. And Trav does exactly what he does – really brave again, he starts the game, puts pressure on the bowlers. And it takes a lot of character to do it on the biggest stage.”
Australia were impressive not only with both bat and ball, but also in their fielding. Thirty-seven-year-old Warner was especially electric in the field, throwing himself to save several boundaries while fielding near the ropes.
“[We were] Desperate for sure [on the field]”said Cummins. “Started in South Africa last week [in the semi-final]. Boys are awesome. And we have an aging side. But everyone is still throwing themselves into the game, [especially] When you get a big stadium this clean.”
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The Australian opener scored 137 off 120 balls in the final against India, as Australia won by six wickets
Head, who was man of the match for his 120-ball 137 in the final, was injured early in the World Cup. The selectors, however, retained him and kept him in the team. Australia’s comeback in the sixth match. Against New Zealand – In the tournament, he scored 109 off just 67 balls, playing a vital role in the five-run win. He was also Man of the Match for his all-round effort of 62 runs and two wickets in the semi-final against South Africa.
“Amazing,” Cummins said of Head’s form in the tournament. “I think you have to give it to the selectors who supported him even when he was out with a broken arm and the medical team to bring him back. Happy for Travis, a legend. We love him and he’s easy to watch.”
Cummins said before the final “Nothing else is satisfactory” than to silence a crowd of over 100,000 in Ahmedabad. His side successfully did so, but he added that it was a “pretty special” moment for India to win in front of a huge crowd despite the support being lopsided.
“It (the crowd) was great, I must say,” he said. “I was quite happy. They bowled hard for a lot of innings. A couple of times they got loud and it was really loud. But great. I mean, the passion in India is unmatched around the world and I think it’s amazing. .
“Every single person is wearing a blue shirt. So you look around and it’s a very special moment – one that, regardless of the outcome, we’ll never forget a day like today.”
Under Cummins’ leadership, Australia have excelled in all formats this year. they become World Test Champion Defeated India in the final in June. England retained the Ashes And now won the ODI World Cup. For Cummins, crowning the ODI champion is above all else.
“Yeah, it’s been nice,” he said. “The whole Aussie winter of playing overseas has been a lot but we’ve had a lot of success and that tops it all, it’s the top of the hill.”