ICC Cricket World Cup: India and Aussies locking horns in final


November 19, 2023


ICC Cricket World Cup: India and Aussies locking horns in final

India's Rohit Sharma (L) and Australia's Pat Cummins share smiles/Photo courtesy: Zee News

GUJARAT: In a repeat of the 2003 Cricket World Cup final, India will lock horns in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup against Australia at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium today.

India reached the finals following a 70-run win over New Zealand in the semifinal at Mumbai.

India has entered its fourth World Cup final, having won the title in 1983 and 2011 while they lost in 2003 against Australia in South Africa by 125 runs.

India will be aiming for their third title and avenging the heartbreaking loss to mighty Aussies that day in Johannesburg.

In the second semifinal, Australia beat South Africa in another tight game at Kolkata by three wickets to reach their eighth WC final.

Aussies have won five World Cups previously in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.

In their undefeated run in the tournament, India has not done anything wrong.

Their top order has fired runs with an attacking intent that puts the opponent on the back in the starting itself.

Australia has powerful spinners in Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell.

India should not lose their way while attempting to be attacking as the occasion is much bigger now.

India squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Prasidh Krishna, Suryakumar Yadav.

Australia squad: Pat Cummins (C), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.