After losing the first two matches of the ODI World Cup 2023, Australia were written off as one of the contenders to win the tournament. They lost first to India and then to South Africa, but from the third match onwards, the Pat Cummins-led team bounced back and won nine consecutive matches to lift the trophy at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
On the night of the final, Australia restricted the Men in Blue to 240 runs and won it with ease to win their sixth ODI world title in history. Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne produced incredible performances with the bat and Glenn Maxwell finished the job for the Kangaroos by scoring the winning runs. After the conclusion of the match, opening batsman David Warner took to the X to take a dig at the critics and reminded them that one should never count Australia out.
“Well, did you see this happen?? We did it, come to Australia. 0-2 and written off,” Warner tweeted.
It is absolutely extraordinary to bowl out India for 240 runs in the final: Warner
The veteran cricketer praised the bowlers for restricting India to just 240 runs. Notably, on the final night Mitchell Starc took three wickets, while Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood took two wickets each. Due to their incredible bowling, India looked to be under heavy pressure for most part of the first innings Australia, Meanwhile, Warner also praised his opening partner Travis Head, who scored 137 and took the game out of India’s reach.
“Our bowlers were brilliant, they set the tone from the first ball. Fielding supported this. To bowl out India for 240 runs in the final is absolutely extraordinary. There was a slightly nervous energy in the changing room. We kept changing places. But that was a great partnership between Marnus (Labuschagne) and Trav (Head, Warner said after the match that Head’s comeback, especially after coming back from injury, was fantastic.