Even after heartbreak in the World Cup final, India’s veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin could not help but praise Australia for their sixth ODI World Cup title. A clinical bowling performance that was later combined with Travis Head’s fireworks resulted in the Baggy Greens’ victory over India at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday. Ashwin singled out Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah for their exceptional performances and called Australia today’s cricketing giants.
“Mighty mighty heartbreak last night. Everyone in the team had a few 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 cricket” Australia “What they did on the field yesterday was simply incredible. Congratulations on their sixth World Cup win,” Ashwin wrote on X.
Mighty mighty heartbreak last night.
However, I can’t help but cheer for the giants of modern cricket “Australia”.…
— Ashwin (@ashwinravi99) November 20, 2023
Coming into the match, after Shubman Gill’s dismissal, Rohit got the Men in Blue off to a flying start with his blistering knock of 47 off 31 balls. After his wicket, India started to struggle and reached a score of 240 in 50 overs. On a heavy batting surface, skipper Rohit (47 in 31 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes), Virat Kohli (54 in 63 balls, with four boundaries) and KL Rahul (66 in 107 balls, with one four) placed important knocks.
Mitchell Starc (3/55) was the bowlers’ choice for Australia. Skipper Pat Cummins (2/34) and Josh Hazlewood (2/60) also bowled well. Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell got a wicket each.
Chasing 241, India defeated the Aussies 47/3. Knocks from Travis Head (137 in 120 balls, with 15 fours and four sixes) and Marnus Labuschagne (58 in 110 balls, with four boundaries) left the Indian team without answers and led them to a six-wicket victory.
The World Cup finalists will now compete in a five-match T20I series, starting in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
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