ICC World Cup 2023: India's five-point plan to fox Australia. Here's an overview of five crucial factors that could pave the way for india to overcome the Aussies on Sunday:
The monumental showdown in the ICC World Cup final between cricketing titans India and Australia has set the stage for a historic battle at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. With India’s unbeaten run of 10 victories out of 10 matches, the hosts are geared up to clinch their third title on home turf, while Australia eyes a record-extending sixth triumph.
Here’s an overview of five crucial factors that could pave the way for india to overcome the Aussies on Sunday:
Rohit Sharma, India’s seasoned opener, holds the key to setting a fiery tempo at the onset. His aggressive approach and partnership with Shubman Gill have consistently laid a solid foundation, providing the perfect platform for the middle-order to capitalize. Despite a duck in the tournament opener against Australia, Sharma’s explosive 131 against Afghanistan showcased his form and his prowess to dismantle oppositions. This knock also earned him the ‘Man of the Match’ award in India’s eight wicket win. He is also the second highest run scorer for india in the tournament, after Virat Kohli (711 runs) with 550 runs. Sharma now has 60 sixes in the marquee tournament, the most by any player in a calendar year in ODIs. Replacing De Villiers who previously held the record with 58 sixes in 2015 while Chris Gayle scored 56 in 2019. Rohit is expected to continue this smashing for indian team to achieve their desired figure on the scoreboard.
Virat Kohli’s spectacular run in the tournament has been nothing short of extraordinary. His 50th ODI century and resounding form make him a linchpin in India’s game plan. With three centuries and five half-centuries, Kohli’s leadership and exceptional batting make him a formidable force to reckon with, fueling India’s aspirations for World Cup glory. He has also played this unforgettable innings against Australia in Chennai of 85 runs along with KL Rahul (97 not out), turned the tables with their match-winning knocks to hand the two-time champions a six-wicket win. If he keeps up his pace on Sunday, India will surely come a step closer towards the victoy.
The strategic battle between spinner Kuldeep Yadav and the explosive Glenn Maxwell assumes significance. His ability to fox Maxwell was evident in their previous encounter. With Maxwell’s recent dismissals against spinners, Kuldeep holds the key to curbing Maxwell’s dangerous onslaught, potentially tilting the game in India’s favor. Maxwell, the match-wining player poses a major threat to India’s hopes, which is why the Indian bowling attack, especially spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who would have to come ahead to get him eliminated before he gets into his explosiveness.
The trio of David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, and Travis Head constitutes Australia’s aggressive top order. India’s pace trio of Bumrah, Siraj, and the lethal Mohammed Shami must strike early to thwart the formidable Australian opening salvo. Restraining Warner and Marsh, the tournament’s highest run-getters for Australia, and limiting Head’s impact will be crucial to disrupt the opponent’s rhythm.
Mohammed Shami’s explosive return to the Indian squad transformed the team’s bowling dynamics. His astonishing seven-wicket haul against New Zealand in the semifinals highlighted his match-winning potential. Unfazed by his late inclusion, Shami’s fiery spell could prove pivotal against Australia, as he aims to continue his remarkable form as India’s leading wicket-taker.
As India braces for the high-stakes clash against Australia, the meticulous execution of these strategies could pave the way for a historic triumph in the ICC World Cup 2023 final, epitomizing cricketing excellence on the grandest stage.