Pitch and weather: This is the same track that was used for the India-Pakistan match in the second week of the World Cup, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be a low-scoring match. Cummins has said he doesn’t have any issues with it and there is an extended story on the surface here.
There may be some dew to contend with, however. With there being an early winter nip in the air in the evenings, the dropping of temperature after sunset may make for a soggy ball, though there is also a chemical sprayed on the grass to mitigate the dew’s effects. There is no rain forecast. The temperature will be in the low 30 degrees celsius range in the hottest parts of the day.
India vs Australia Highlights 2023, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Final, Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, Sunday 19-11-2023.
Cummins: Looks like a bit of a dry wicket and wanted to bowl first. Dew is one factor and it’s quite dewy in the night at this venue. Been really proud of the group. Tough start to the tournament but they haven’t put a foot wrong since. Same team as the semi-final.
Rohit: I would’ve batted first. Big game and runs on the board. It’s going to be amazing. The biggest occasion, in terms of cricketing events. We got to stay nice and calm. It’s a great feeling and I said it at the PC (Press Conference) yesterday as well – it’s a dream come true to captain the team in the final. We’re playing the same team.
Toss: Australia chose to field.
India team: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Mohammed Shami, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Mohammed Siraj
Australia team: 1 Travis Head, 2 David Warner, 3 Mitch Marsh, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Marnus Labuschagne, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Josh Inglis (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (capt), 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Head to Head In ODI’s: 150
India Won: 57
Australia Won: 83
India ODI Rankings: 1st
Australia ODI Rankings: 2nd
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 8:30 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Local
Umpires – Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire – Joel Wilson
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Chris Gaffaney
Match number – ODI no. 4705
Post Match Presentation
I mean the result hasn’t gone our way and we know that we were not good enough on the day. But proud of the team. It wasn’t supposed to be. Honestly, 20-30 runs would’ve been good. I thought when KL and Virat were batting, we were looking at 270-280 at that point and we kept losing wickets. Australia stitched a big partnership after losing three wickets. With 240 on the board, we wanted early wickets but credit to Travis Head and Marnus. They put us completely out of the game and I thought the wicket got better to bat under lights. I mean we knew under lights, it would be better but don’t want to give that as an excuse. We didn’t bat well enough, but credit to those two guys in the middle for stitching that big partnership.
I think we saved our best for the 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 didn’t 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.
Chuffed with keeping them to 240 – anything under 300 really. I was one of those blokes with the hearts fluttering but Head takes the game on, Marnus… I think the selectors backed him even when he had a broken hand. It’s a big risk and it paid off. How fun is he to watch? It was awesome to play and the passion in India is unrivaled. You just got to go and win a World Cup. You can’t 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.
Travis Head, Player of the Match:
What an amazing day! Just thrilled to be a part of it. It’s a lot better than seeing the World Cup on the couch at home (on his injury). I was a little bit nervous but Marnus played exceptionally well and soaked all the pressure. I felt the way Mitch [Marsh] took the game on set the tone and that was the energy we wanted. It was a great decision to bowl first and the wicket got better as the game went on. It paid dividends and nice to play a role. Again, it is something I work hard on and nice to hold on and contribute in front of a full house. Definitely third on the list (Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Travis Head – Player of the Match in World Cup finals) and nice to contribute.
is the Player of the tournament for his 765 runs in 11 innings. He collects the award from Roger Binny. The Indian players walk up to collect their runners-up medals. The Aussies then collect their medals.