In a dramatic turn of events, Australia shattered India’s dream of clinching another ICC tournament on their home ground by winning the World Cup 2023 final, thus securing their sixth ODI title.
The victory marks a significant milestone for Australia, as they have now claimed all three ICC trophies — T20 World Cup, World Test Championship, and ODI World Cup — within just two years, solidifying their status as an unparalleled cricketing powerhouse.
Despite a shaky start, Australia’s Travis Head delivered a spectacular performance with 137 runs off 120 balls, steering his team to victory with seven overs to spare.
The match, played before a silent crowd of 93,000, mostly Indian fans, saw the Rohit Sharma-led Indian team succumb to their first tournament defeat in the crucial final. Head, who received the “Man of the Match” award, expressed joy at being part of this historic moment. Meanwhile, India’s Virat Kohli was named “Man of the Tournament” for scoring 765 runs.
Match Highlights and Strategy
Australia’s decision to field first, a tactic to avoid a dewy ball later in the night, paid off with their bowlers and fielders putting up a strong front. India, batting first, posted a modest total of 240 in 50 overs, with significant contributions from KL Rahul and Virat Kohli.
Rohit Sharma’s early dismissal set back India, while Cummins and Head’s exceptional fielding further dented their innings. Kohli and Rahul tried to rebuild the innings, but their effort was insufficient to set a challenging target. Australia’s chase witnessed an early stumble but was steadied by Head and Marnus Labuschagne’s partnership, ultimately sealing the game for Australia.