This Sunday marks India’s 14th meeting with the Aussies in World Cup history, and the tension is palpable. India has had a stellar run in the tournament, remaining undefeated to secure a spot in the final for the fourth time ever. The last time they lifted the trophy was in 2011, and now they face Australia, who clinched a spot in the final by defeating South Africa in the semifinal.
An Australian cricket star has shared some interesting observations about the Indian team. While praising India as a formidable opponent with “”no real weaknesses,”” he spilled the beans about a few cracks they noticed during their league-stage match in Chennai at the beginning of the tournament. Flashback to October 8, when India kicked off their World Cup campaign against Australia in Chennai.
Opting to bat first, India faced some early hiccups but managed to post a decent total. The real game-changer, however, was the spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and R Ashwin, who wreaked havoc, bundling out Australia for just 199 runs. In the chase, pacer Josh Hazlewood gave India a nightmare start by taking three quick wickets, dismissing Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer, all for a duck.
Hazlewood, looking ahead to the final, hinted at replicating the same strategy to put India under early pressure. In his own words, “”We’ve played them a lot of times. We know them inside out. They’re a quality team, been on a march the whole tournament, no real weaknesses. Yeah, look forward to playing them on Sunday. I guess we saw a few cracks when we played them in Chennai chasing a small target.””
However, let’s not forget India’s resilience. Despite the early setbacks, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul turned the game around with a fantastic 164-run partnership, leading India to victory with 8.4 overs to spare.
As we count down to Sunday’s clash, it’s worth noting that India has won only five of their previous 13 World Cup encounters with Australia, and only one of those wins came in a knockout game back in 2011. The stakes are high, and the excitement is building. Stay tuned for the epic battle between the cricket giants!