The final of the World Cup-2023 is to be held between India and Australia. (AFP Photo)
The two teams of the ODI World Cup-2023 final have been decided. On November 19, two-time champion India and five-time champion Australia will meet in the world’s largest cricket stadium. In this match to be held at Narendra Modi Stadium, the eyes of the whole world will be on these two teams who have performed brilliantly and reached the title match. For Indian fans, this match will be no less than removing some old pain. This time, Team India under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma will try its best to equalize the pain that Australia gave to India 20 years ago and make the Australian fans feel that pain.
The current Team India had made a strong start in the World Cup. He had defeated Australia in his very first match. Since then this team is invincible. No team has been able to beat it. Team India has reached the final by winning the one-sided match. In the final, he faces Australia, who is considered the king of knockout matches, but this time no matter what happens, Rohit must be determined to settle the scores. Team India must be determined to reduce the pain which has been troubling Indian fans for 20 years.
That year was 2003. Sourav Ganguly’s Team India which had players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Javagal Srinath. This team consisting of legends of Indian cricket had made it to the final of the ODI World Cup played in South Africa. Australia was in front. Australia, captained by Ricky Ponting, had players like Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Damian Martyn, Daren Lehmann, Glenn McGrath, Andrew Symonds, Brett Lee. The final of the 2003 World Cup was played between the two teams and Australia defeated India in a one-sided manner. Ponting’s stormy century still stings the Indian fans. Gilchrist’s half-century, Martin’s support to Ponting and then Australia scored 359 runs for two wickets. In reply, the Indian team was bundled out for 234 runs in 39.2 overs and the Indian fans were left in grief. Of course, India may have won the World Cup in 2011 but the pain of 2003 could not go away. Now the World Cup final is here, Australia is in front. This time the victory will settle the score which has been incomplete for 20 years.
Revenge of 23 weeks too
Rohit’s Team India will take revenge not just for 20 years but also for 23 weeks. 23 weeks ago the teams of India and Australia met in another final. This was the final of the ICC World Test Championship. The ground was The Oval of England. This time too the Australian team dominated and won the title by defeating India by 209 runs. Rohit was the captain of this Team India. This match was played from 7th to 11th June 2023, that is, Team India had got the injury 23 weeks ago and now its account will also be equal in Ahmedabad.
This time the score will be equal. This can also be said because Team India has played much better cricket than Australia in the entire World Cup and has looked a much better team. From batting to bowling, everything of Team India has been excellent and in such a situation, it is not easy for Australia to defeat this team. Virat Kohli, Rohit Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer are in form and are scoring runs heavily. The biggest strength of this Team India is its bowling. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and especially Mohammed Shami have made it difficult for the batsmen to stay on the wicket with their balls. Therefore, this time India will take revenge of two title defeats in one go and settle the scores.