India vs Australia Live Score Updates, World Cup Final: Ind vs Aus, Australia's Travis Head hit a hundred in the World Cup final against India in Ahmedabad on Sunday as his team closed in on a record-extending sixth title.
Victory for Australia is a crowning moment in what has been a phenomenal year for Pat Cummins’ side across formats, adding to their win over India in the World Test Championship final in June and their subsequent retention of the Ashes.
Australia were wobbling at 47-3 in pursuit of a target of 241 against unbeaten tournament hosts India.
But left-handed opener Head's 95-ball century, including 14 fours and a six, helped take them to 185-3 in the 34th over.
Australia star batsman Steve Smith was dismissed for just four as India fought back with the ball in the World Cup final at Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Jasprit Bumrah deceived Smith with a slower ball that had the right-hander lbw, the India paceman celebrating wildly with his team-mates as a near full house of around 130,000 fans erupted with joy.
Smith decided against a review and his exit left Australia 47-3 from seven overs, chasing a target of 241 to win a record-extending sixth one-day international World Cup title.
Australia were 60-3 at the 10-over mark, with opener Travis Head 19 not out and Marnus Labuschagne yet to get off the mark.
Earlier, India, bidding for a third World Cup title and second on home soil after their 2011 triumph, were dismissed for 240 after being sent into bat.
Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc took 3-55 and Australia captain Pat Cummins a miserly 2-34 in his maximum 10 overs.
KL Rahul top-scored with 66 but hit only one boundary in 107 balls.
Key batsman Virat Kohli made 54 after India captain Rohit Sharma struck a fluent 47 off just 31 balls opening the innings.
The record five-time champions dismissed unbeaten tournament hosts India, bidding for a third title, for 240. Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc took 3-55 and Australia captain Pat Cummins, who won the toss, a miserly 2-34 in his maximum 10 overs.
KL Rahul top-scored with 66 but hit only one boundary in 107 balls. Star batsman Virat Kohli made 54 after India captain Rohit Sharma struck a fluent 47 off just 31 balls opening the innings.
India skipper Rohit Sharma played another blinder before Australia bounced back to reduce the hosts to 97 for three in 15 overs in the World Cup final. On expected lines, both teams did not make changes to their playing eleven.
On a slow and dry pitch, Australia put India in to bat, something Rohit Sharma wanted to do in front of a packed Narendra Modi Stadium.
Like he has done throughout the tournament, Rohit (47 off 31) took it upon himself to take the attacking route in the powerplay.
He had not succeeded in doing that in India's league game against Australia but on the big stage, Rohit made sure he did not hold back against the world class pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlwood.
His onslaught began when he stepped out and creamed Hazlewood through the cover before collecting a streakish boundary over mid wicket. In all, he hit three sixes and four boundaries.
Shubman Gill (4 off 7) perished while playing a short arm jab and Virat Kohli joined Rohit in the middle. Kohli struck three consecutive fours off Starc to maintain the momentum generated by Rohit.
However, Rohit fell to a spectacular running catch from Travis Head and an over later Pat Cummins had Shreyas Iyer caught behind to put the pressure on the hosts.
Rohit Sharma led India will bat first at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad for the final of ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023. The Men in Blue will aim to post a big total on the board given that dew is expected to affect play during the evening leg of the match.
Led by Rohit Sharma’s belligerence and Virat Kohli’s assurance, the batting unit has clicked in all their games so far. Mohammed Shami’s excellence has led their bowling effort, which has seen both the pacers and spinners thrive.
Meanwhile, a record eighth-final appearance awaits Australia in the World Cup as the five-time champions take on India for the second time in a World Cup final. Their previous meeting happened two decades back, in the 2003 World Cup. The contest was won by Ricky Ponting’s side by a margin of 125 runs.
Rohit Sharma, for the second day in a row, had a long and hard look at the strip and felt that there was a slight difference from the track on which they played against Pakistan on October 14.
“That wicket (Pakistan game), there was no grass on it. This wicket has some grass on it. That wicket looked a lot more drier than this one - I don't know, maybe you know, I still haven't looked today how the wicket is but from my understanding obviously it's slightly going to be on the slower side.," the skipper said.
India vs Australia: Highlights:
- Back of a length from Starc, pitching near leg stump and angling across. Shubman Gill moves onto the back foot and plays a shaky pull, and is caught by Adam Zampa down the ground.
2. Glenn Maxwell pitches one up, pitching outside off again. Sharma advances and lofts a wild drive, and is brilliantly caught by Travis Head on the off side.
3. Pat Cummins breaks through! Short of a length, pitching outside off once more. Shreyas Iyer goes back and outside edges, and is caught by Inglis.
4. Pat Cummins gets the wicket! Short of a length, pitching outside off. Kohli gets on the back foot and edges, the ball gets through, and Kohli is bowled.
5. Mitchell Starc breaks through! Length ball, outside off stump once more. KL Rahul moves onto the front foot and edges, and is caught by Josh Inglis.
6. Suryakumar Yadav goes back and is hit on the gloves while attempting a hook, and is caught by Josh Inglis.
7. Mohammad Shami gets the wicket! On a good length, pitching outside off. Warner moves onto the back foot and outside edges, and is caught by Virat Kohli
8. Back of a length, outside off stump. Marsh moves onto the back foot and edges, and is caught by KL Rahul.
9. Travis Head dominated the Indian bowlers on way to a match-winning 120-ball 137 to help Australia complete a chase of 241 with six wickets to spare for a record-extending sixth title in the tournament that started way back in 1975.
Afghanistan to tour India for 3 T20Is beginning 11 January
Afghanistan men's cricket team will tour India for a three-match T20I series in January, announced the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Tuesday.
The series will start on January 11 and will go on till January 17.
"Afghanistan Cricket Board confirms that the Afghanistan National Cricket Team will tour India for a three-match T20I series in early January 2024. The three T20I matches are scheduled for the 11th, 14th & 17th of January," said a statement from ACB.
Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Akram lambast Rohit Sharma's WC move, say 'If you weren't confident of Suryakumar..'
With Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team failing to win ICC Men's World Cup 2023, while playing against Pat Cummins-led Australia at Narendra Modi Stadium on 19 November, critics and experts have started doing their analysis on why India failed despite being the outright favorites after a 10-match winning streak.
Cricket legends like Ricky Ponting, Nasser Hussain, and Harbhajan Singh felt the Ahmedabad pitch ploy 'backfired, on the other side Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag felt the sluggish 67-run stand between KL Rahul and Virat Kohli cost India the match.
Meanwhile, another set of cricketing legends Gautam Gambhir and Wasim Akram have pointed out Rohit Sharma's crucial moves in the final against Australia, which resulted in its defeat.
Both admitted that they were both left surprised at the move.
"Signs of desperation, mental instability": Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Rahul blaming Modi for World Cup loss
In reaction to Rahul Gandhi blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India's World Cup Final loss to Australia, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that such reference shows signs of "desperation" and "mental instability".
"There's more than irony or hypocrisy at work here - that a 55yr old who has never worked a day in his life, whose family has exploited the country like Parasites for decades with their corruption and whose govt destroyed the country economically in the #LostDecade, wud refer like this to our PM is a sign of desperation and mental instability," Chandrasekhar said in a post on 'X' on Tuesday.
Chandrasekhar said that the reason for such a derogatory reference is because PM Modi is a "nightmare" for Congress crooks, India's enemies and terrorists. (ANI)
PM Modi accuses Congress of corruption, nepotism; Rahul Gandhi hits back with ‘Panauti Modi’
"PM means Panauti Modi," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said at an election rally in Rajasthan on Tuesday insinuating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi brings bad luck.
Referring to India's loss in the cricket world cup final against Australia, Gandhi used the term associated with bad luck. The word 'panauti' has been trending on social media since the defeat in the match, attended by Prime Minister Modi at the Ahmedabad stadium named after him.
Shahid Afridi makes sharp comments on India's WC final loss, says 'Overconfidence aapko marwah deti hai'
Rohit Sharma-led Indian Cricket team crumbled in the ICC Men's World Cup 2023 Final against Australia on 19 November and since then former cricketers have commented on India's performances.
For the Indian team, which registered an incredible run of 10 straight wins - nine in the league stage and one in the semis, it has been one of the most successful journeys in World Cup tournaments so far.
Though most of the former cricketers are applauding the Indian side for their performances, ex-Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi while expressing his opinion cited 'overconfidence' for India's defeat and since then his razor-sharp remark went viral on social media.
In an attempt to explain India's batting performance, Afridi while he was live on TV on a Pakistan channel, Samaa TV, during India's innings, said, "Jab aap continue game jeete ja rahe ho toh overconfidence bhi zyada ho jati hai. toh woh cheez aapko marwah deti hai (When you have won all the games continuously, the 'overconfidence' is too much. So, this could lead to their downfall)."
India vs Australia Live: ‘Great leader strikes the chord’ Harsh Goenka reacts to PM Modi consoling Indian players
India vs Australia Live: RPG Enterprises Chairman reacted to the video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi consoling the Indian players after a tough final game of the ICC World Cup 2023. Goenka said “a great leader strikes the chord of encouragement, reminding everyone that setbacks are just preludes to success".
India vs Australia Live: KL didn't trust other batters, says former Pakistan skipper
India vs Australia Live: Speaking on A Sports, former Misbah ul Haq said, "KL plays spin very well and we have seen it throughout the tournament. He plays well square of the wicket, front of the wicket, and uses his feet really well. But today his approach was that he was waiting. He maybe was not trusting the other batters. He was thinking about getting the team to 250 and it got difficult,"
India vs Australia Live: Shoaib Malik analyzes KL Rahul's innings
India vs Australia Live: Speaking on Pakistani news channel A Sports, Malik said, "KL Rahul was just trying to bat through the 50 overs. He should not have done that and should have tried to play his game. If you're batting in tough conditions and the boundaries aren't coming easily, then at least you've got to rotate strike. That wasn't happening, there were a lot of dot balls,"
"He has been taking a lot of responsibility when India loses quick wickets upfront. If you will see his innings (against Australia) 66 off 107 balls, it was not a KL Rahul innings. He went into a zone, where he only wanted to play the whole fifty overs. He should have been a little more proactive," Malik added.
"The venue in which this match was played had long side boundaries. The Australian utilised these boundaries very well. They said we won't let you hit us down the ground and you can hit us square of the wicket. Their bowlers used variations very well. The Australians assessed the Indian conditions better than the Indians and then executed their plans," the former Pakistani batter noted.
India vs Australia Live: Harbhajan Singh slams fans for trolling Glenn Maxwell's wife
India vs Australia Live: Glenn Maxwell's wife Vini Raman in an Instagram post had written, "Can't belive this needs to saud BUT you can be Indian and also support the country of your birth where you have bee raised and more importantly the team your husbanbd father of your child plays in #nobrainer. Take a chill pill and direct that outrage towards more important issuue"
India vs Australia Live: PM Modi's parting words to Team India
India vs Australia Live: Speaking to the Indian team, PM Modi said, "You guys have worked really hard and played exceptionally well. Just stick together and keep on motivating each other. Also, whenever you are free and are in Delhi then let's meet again. You all are cordially invited from my side,"
India vs Australia Live: PM Modi consoles Team India
India vs Australia Live: The Prime Minister walked into the Indian dressing room and consoled the Men in Blue who, despite their valiant efforts on the pitch, could not bring home the coveted trophy. PM Modi first spoke to veteran opener Virat Kohli and skipper Rohit Sharma, advising them not to be downhearted about the result given their excellent run in the tournament.
Speaking to Rohit and Virat, PM said, “Aap log pura 10-10 game jeet ke aaye ho, ye to hota rehta (You have come to the final after winning 10 games, these things happen)"
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India vs Australia Live: David Warner, Pat Cummins to miss out in T20 series
India vs Australia Live: According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, key members from Australia's World Cup winning squad including captain Pat Cummins, pacers Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc will be missing in action in the upcoming T20 series against India.
India vs Australia Live: Netizens troll Maxwell's Indian origin wife
India vs Australia Live: “…aaaaand cue all the hateful vile DMs. Stay classy. Can't believe this needs to be said BUT you can be Indian and also support the country of your birth where you have been raised and more importantly the team your husband plus father of your child plays in #nobrainer. Take a chill pill and direct that outrage towards more important world issues," Vini Raman wrote in an Instagram post.
The Indian-origin pharmacist had watched the match at Narendra Modi stadium alongside their newborn son and later posted a carousel of images. This included visuals from the match as well as an adorable video of her husband holding their child.
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India vs Australia Live: ‘Who said I am finished’ says David Warner
India vs Australia Live: In a post on X (formerly Twitter), 37-year-old David Warner hints that this isn't the end for him as a batsman in the ODI World Cup. While it's difficult and almost unprecedented to see a batsman continue to play in an ODI World Cup at the age of 41, with Warner maintaining his fitness as he has, nothing is set in stone.
India vs Australia Live: Neerja Chopra praises Team India
India vs Australia Live: In an Instagram post, Neeraj wrote, “Team India, you made us proud. Hard luck in the final. It wasn't our night, but a tournament that we'll never forget"
India vs Australia Live: IND squad for Australia T20 series announced
India vs Australia Live: India suffered a heartbreaking 9-wicket defeat to the Kangaroos in the World Cup final on Sunday. However, the Men in Blue won't have much time to dwell on their World Cup defeat, with the next T20 series against Australia at home starting on November 23.
Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shivam Dubey, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar.
India vs Australia Live: Mitchell Marsh poses with feet atop World Cup trophy after Australia defeat India
Australia star batter Mitchell Marsh, who slammed one of the biggest sixes of the evening during the World Cup final against India, was seen posing with his feet atop the World Cup trophy after the match.
Shaheen Afridi lauds Rohit Sharma's team on WC journey, says 'Hard luck India but..'; Babar Azam congratulates Australia
With Pat Cummins-led Australia lifted the ICC Men's World Cup 2023 trophy after beating Rohit Sharma-led India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in India in front of 95,000 people on 19 November, former Pakistan captain Babar Azam and newly-appointed T20I skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi congratulated Australia.
Now with this current trophy, Australia have six World Cup title. Also, Australia became the first team to win 4 world cups out of six held in this century -- 2003, 2007, 2015, and 2023.
This was perhaps the only final where they entered as the second-best team, as India were dominant throughout the tournament.
Congratulating Australia, Babar Azam wrote in his Instagram story, "Congratulations Australia. What a commanding performance in the final." However, he did not mention a single word about India.
On the contrary, Pakistan's new T20I skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi, apart from congratulating Australia, also congratulated Rohit Sharma's men for being the most dominating and consistent team of the tournament with 10 wins in a row.
"Many congrats to Australia on winning the World Cup title. Surely the better team on the day. Hard luck India but the team played fantastically well throughout the tournament," he tweeted.
Netizens lambast fans for leaving Ahmedabad stadium after India's WC loss: ‘Terrible thing to do as a host’
Though India's disappointing defeat by Australia in the ICC Men's World Cup final at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium on 19 November, spectators made headlines for turning up in India jerseys and turning the world's largest stadium blue.
However, the spectators also made headlines on how they left the stadium in droves even before Australia received their World Cup trophy in the the post-match presentation ceremony.
This incident drew sharp reactions from social media users, who condemned the crowd at Ahmedabad for lacking the proper spirit.
Some users on X compared the spectators to the crowd at different and much smaller stadiums across India like Eden Garden and Wankhede. They cited how the crowds at Kolkata and Wankhede had displayed the true spirit of the game.
India vs Australia Live: ICC announces team of tournament
India vs Australia Live: The Men in Blue lost their chance to bring home the coveted 2023 World Cup trophy with a 6-wicket defeat to Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday. Despite the heartbreaking loss to the Kangaroos, a number of Indian players, including skipper Rohit Sharma, veteran opener Virat Kohli and pacer Mohammed Shami, were named in the ICC Team of the Tournament.
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Daryl Mitchell, KL Rahul (w/k), Glenn Maxwell, Ravindra Jadeja, Jaspriit Bumrah, Adam Zampa, Mohammed Shami, Dilshan Madushanka
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India vs Australia Live: MS Dhoni watched the final with his family
India vs Australia Live: Former Indian captain MD Dhoni watched the 2023 ODI World Cup finale with his family on Sunday. The Men in Blue lost the finals by six wickets on the back of some fantastic performances from Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.
India vs Australia Live: Mohammed Shami is ‘thankful’ to PM Modi
India vs Australia Live: Indian pacer Mohammed Shami was thankful for PM Modi's visit to the Indian dressing room after a heartbreaking 6 wicket loss against Australia on Sunday.
India vs Australia Live: Former Aussie skipper Tim Paine praises Pat Cummins
India vs Australia Live: While speaking to SEN Radio, Tim Paine said, "I don't think there was a thing last night that Pat Cummins got wrong. He was outstanding and he deserves a lot of credit for that. Andrew McDonald and his coaching staff deserve a lot of credit for that,"
"They obviously had some terrific mail – and they all have a lot of IPL experience and have been there – the mail on that ground is that the dew comes in and it is extremely hard to bowl in the second innings, and I think we saw that.
"The concern was, I think, that being an Indian pitch and potentially being a bit drier that it would spin and slow right up and it didn't do that, if anything it actually got slightly better," the Aussie test skipper added.
India vs Australia Live: Best fielder medal in the final goes to Virat Kohli
India vs Australia Live: Ravindra Jadeja handed over the best fielder medal to veteran Indian batter Virat Kohli. Kohli fielded brilliantly through the final helping stop some crucial runs for his side.
India vs Australia Live: Skipper Pat Cummins poses with World Cup trophy at Sabarmati river
India vs Australia Live: Aussie skipper was seen posing with the World Cup Trophy at the Sabarmati River Cruise. Cummins and his team defeated the hosts India by 6 wickets on Sunday.
India vs Australia Live: Cancel India-Australia series says comedian Tanmay Bhatt
India vs Australia Live: Comedian Tanmay Bhatt echoes the sentiment felt by many Indians when satirically calls for a cancellation of the upcoming India vs Australia series, wanting a ‘cricket detox’.
India vs Australia Live: Ashwin calls Australia ‘giants of modern day cricket’
India vs Australia Live: In a post on X, Ashwin wrote, "Mighty mighty heartbreak last night💔 💔. Everyone in the team had several days to remember during this campaign👌👌 and special mentions to @imVkohli @MdShami11 @ImRo45 and @Jaspritbumrah93👏👏. However I can’t help but applaud the giants of modern day cricket “Australia".
What they did on the field yesterday was just unbelievable 👏👏. Congrats on their 6th World Cup win."
India vs Australia Live: Sachin says Australia ‘played better cricket’
India vs Australia Live: In a post on X, Sachin wrote, "Congratulations to Australia on their sixth World Cup win. On the most important day of the biggest stage, they played better cricket.
Hard luck Team India, just one bad day in an otherwise sterling tournament can be heartbreaking. I can imagine the agony of the players, fans and well-wishers and what they must be going through. Losses are a part of the sport but let us remember that this unit gave their all for us throughout the tournament.
India vs Australia Live: Mitchell Marsh's celebrations with World Cup trophy
India vs Australia Live: Mitchell Marsh was seen celebrating with the World Cup Trophy after the enthralling six wicket win against India on Sunday. Australia have now become the only team to win the world cup six times.
India vs Australia Live: Aussie cricket team take a ride on Sabarmati River Cruise
India vs Australia Live: World Cup-winning Australian cricket team took a ride on the Sabarmati river cruise in Ahmedabad after the spectacular performance on Sunday.
India vs Australia Live: Ricky Pointing hails Travis Head
India vs Australia Live: Speaking to Sky Sports, Pointing said,"Travis is emerging as one of the three or four best all-format players in the world. His Test record is outstanding. He is unorthodox at times [in one-day cricket] and you wonder how he will get past the new ball, but he does and scores big runs."
India vs Australia Live: Fans shower love on Rohit Sharma
India vs Australia Live: A lot of Indian fans are now highlighting the selfless role played by skipper Rohit Sharma through the tournament in order to make his team win the ODI World Cup.
India vs Australia Live: '0-2 and written off' David Warner reacts to winning the World Cup
India vs Australia Live: Aussie opening batter David Warner reacted to winning the ODI World Cup by making fun of the critics who had written off the Kangaroos after their two defeats in the opening matches of the tournament against South African and India.
India vs Australia Live: ‘Best feeling in the world’ Cummins reacts to lifting the World Cup
India vs Australia Live: Pat Cummins reacted to winning the ODI World Cup in a post on X (formerly Twitter). Cummins found lifting the ODI World Cup trophy along with his teammates as the best feeling in the world.
India vs Australia Live: Virat Kohli gets best fielder award
“From our first medal ceremony to the last - thank you to all the fans who've given us a lot of love for it. Yesterday, we kept our spirits high in the dressing room and presented the best fielder award for one final time," wrote BCCI while sharing a video in which the best fielder award for the final was given to Virat Kohli.
India vs Australia Live: Harsh Goenka shares his ‘plight’
Harsh Goenka, the chairperson of the RPG Group, shared a short video clip to express the emotion around the final.
India vs Australia Live: Ankur Warikoo shares Gita lesson after loss
Entrepreneur Ankur Warikoo has shared a lesson from the Bhagavad Gita after India's loss in the final.
India vs Australia Live: Rahul Dravid reflects upon India's loss
"The boys are disappointed. It wasn't, yeah, there were a lot of emotions in that dressing room. It was tough to see as a coach because I know how hard these guys have worked, what they've put in, the sacrifices they've made…But yeah, but that's sport," Rahul Dravid said after the match. Read more.
India vs Australia Live: Sunil Gavaskar underplays India’s loss
Sunil Gavaskar has underplayed India’s loss in the World Cup 2023 final as he takes pride in Men in Blue’s performance in the tournament. Read more.
India vs Australia Live: Sania Mirza says, ‘Sport doesn’t always have fairytale endings’
“Sport doesn’t always have fairytale endings," said Sania Mirza after India's loss in the final.
India vs Australia Live: Pat Cummins says, ‘We saved our best for last’
“You got to be brave at times, you got to take the game on. And it was a real shift after those first two games. With our batting, particularly you saw the openers going out really aggressive and pretty much didn't waver from that for the rest of the tournament," said Australian skipper Pat Cummins after the win. “We saved our best for last."
India vs Australia Live: 'We'll learn from it,' says Rahul Dravid
“It's tough to see that as a coach because you get to know these boys personally. You get to see the effort they put in, the hard work that we've put in over the last month, the kind of cricket we've played. But yeah, but that's sport. That happens. It can happen. And the better team won on the day. And I'm sure that the sun will come up tomorrow morning. We'll learn from it. We'll reflect. And we'll move on, as will everyone else. I mean, that's what you do as sportsmen," said coach Rahul Dravid while commenting on the emotions in the dressing room after the loss.
India vs Australia Live: Shoaib Akhtar criticises pitch
Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar criticised the pitch while appreciating India's performance in the tournament. He said India could have avoided the “timid" approach in the final.
India vs Australia Live: 10 reasons why Men in Blue lost
There are several reasons why India failed to deliver in the most important match of the tournament. Here are 10 reasons why the Men in Blue lost.
India vs Australia Live: ‘One defeat does not define this team,’ says VVS Laxman
“One defeat does not define this team," said VVS Laxman after the Men in Blue had lost the World Cup final against Australia. “Rohit and his men must hold their heads high."
India vs Australia Live: Virender Sehwag criticises Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma's shot selection was criticised by former Indian opener Virender Sehwag. “He may or may not be disappointed by it, but team management would certainly be," he said. Read more.
India vs Australia Live: Mohammed Shami ends tournament as leading wicket-taker
India vs Australia Live: Indian pacer Mohammed Shami ended the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.
Shami, who had missed out on the first half of the tournament, made an entry in India's fifth league stage match against New Zealand and made an impact that a lot of bowlers have not made in their entire World Cup careers.
In seven matches, Shami took 24 wickets at an average of 10.70 and a strike rate of 12.20, with the best figures of 7/57. Shami had three five-wicket hauls and a four-wicket haul in the tournament and also gained the best bowling figures by an Indian in WC history.
India vs Australia Live: "Selectors backed him...it paid off:" Australian skipper Cummins on Travis Head
India vs Australia Live: Australian skipper Pat Cummins lauded Travis Head for his match-winning century, saying that backing the opener while he was injured paid off.
Another heartbreak was added to the list of Indian fans as Men in Blue succumbed to Australia, led by a masterclass from Travis Head, which helped the Aussies lift their sixth World Cup title.
"I think we saved our best for last. A couple of big-match players stepped up and chuffed. Today we thought it was a good night to chase and thought it would be easier to chase. The pitch was slower than I thought and did not particularly spin and we bowled tight lines. On a slow wicket with variable bounce, we had a couple of catchers on the leg side and made a couple of decisions. Desperate for sure. The boys were fantastic against South Africa. We have an ageing side but everyone throws themselves around," said Cummins in a post-match presentation.
"Chuffed with keeping them to 240--anything under 300, really. I was one of those guys with hearts fluttering but Head takes the game on. I think the selectors backed him even when he had a broken hand. It was a big risk and it paid off. How fun is it to watch him? It was awesome to play and the passion in India is unrivalled. You just have to go and win a World Cup. You cannot wait for it. It was a shift after two games. The openers were really aggressive and it was a total buy-in from everyone. We will remember this year for a long, long time. This pips it all," he added.
India vs Australia Live: We saved our best for the last, says Australian captain Pat Cummins
India vs Australia Live: "We saved our best for the last. I am chuffed with keeping them to 240 - anything under 300 really. I was one of those blokes with the hearts fluttering but Head took the game on," said Cummins during the post-match presentation.
The wining skipper said it was a delight to see the big-match players in his ranks such as Head, Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc putting their hands up on the big night.
"A couple of big-match players stepped up and chuffed. It was a shift after two games. The openers were really aggressive and it was a total buy-in from everyone. We will remember this year (2023) for a long time. This pips it all," said Cummins.
India vs Australia Live: Australia's road to sixth ODI World Cup trophy
India vs Australia Live: Australia extended their unparalleled record in ODI World Cup by winning their sixth trophy.
After defeats in their opening two matches, Australia came roaring back, winning their next nine games in succession including an emphatic six-wicket victory over India in the final at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Here's Australia's journey to the top:
Match 1: Australia lost to India by 6 wickets in Chennai
Match 2: Australia lost to South Africa by 134 runs in Lucknow
Match 3: Australia beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in Lucknow
Match 4: Australia beat Pakistan by 62 runs in Bengaluru
Match 5: Australia beat Netherlands by 309 runs in Delhi
Match 6: Australia beat New Zealand by 5 runs in Dharamsala
Match 7: Australia beat England by 33 runs in Ahmedabad
Match 8: Australia beat Afghanistan by 3 wickets in Pune
Match 9: Australia beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets in Pune
Semifinal: Australia beat South Africa by 3 wickets in Kolkata
Final: Australia beat India by six wickets in Ahmedabad.
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