What I wrote yesterday:
The Aussie bowlers will be important. They must restrict the explosive Indian batsmen. Sharma and Kohli are the two key wickets. The rest haven't been stressed in the last month. Plus, the pressure is on India. They've done great over the past ten years except win the big trophies.
India batted first in their previous four games. Their lowest score was 326/5. Today, at the grandest stage, they managed 240. The Aussie bowlers succeeded. Can their Indian counterparts do better? They got Australia all out for 199 earlier in the tournament. Let's see if they can repeat that magic. The pressure is on!
Rahul: He soaked up too many deliveries. Though, his deep in the wicket late cuts to spinners were impressive. A slight error would have got him bowled but he didn't miss!
Cummins: Not a single boundary from his ten overs. Wow!
The entire Indian team hit 13 fours in 50 overs. Australia is at 117/3 and hit 10 fours in 22 overs. Travis and Marnus are playing a risk-free game. Rotating strike and hitting an odd four if they have the chance. Though, Travis Head has been super lucky. So many close chances where the ball almost kissed the stumps.
Aussies need 106 from 25 overs. India needs wickets! They dominated throughout the tournament. Now, the crowd is getting more quiet as the familiar story of the past decade looks to repeat itself.
Travis Head has hit 14 fours which is more than what all the Indian players managed. That's the story of this final. Gets to his century with a 100+ strike rate! Just give him the Man of the Match award now. Puts his name next to Gilchrist and Ponting.
Travis got the Man of the Match award in the semi-final as well. Writes his name in history. He's now hit more sixes than the entire Indian team. An ocean of tears in India. Of course, the Australian players in the seats are smiling.
Australia wins. History repeats. India lost to Australia in 2003.
Australia beat every other team in this tournament. So did India. India won 10 out of 11 matches. Australia won 9 out of 11. Indians top the charts. Kohli has the most runs. (Man of the tournament!) Shami has the most wickets. Australia has the trophy.
Australia has won 6 out of 13 World Cups. The apex predator of the cricket jungle showcases the harsh reality to billions of heartbroken fans.
India is becoming a more successful version of South Africa. They perform exceptionally well in the earlier stages of global tournaments but can't win the gold. Their big losses:
- 3 T20 World Cups.
- 3 ODI World Cups.
- 2 World Test Championships.
- That Champions Trophy.
The last time they won an ICC tournament was in 2013. Since then, out of 10 knockout matches (QF, SF, and F), India have managed one win! That would be the recent victory against New Zealand. So, just a few days ago, their failure rate over a decade was 100%. Now, it's down to 90%. Meanwhile Australia, England, Pakistan, and New Zealand have added to their trophy collection.