The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 final is all set to take place between India and Australia on Sunday, November 19 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Both the teams have been in great form heading into the marquee clash. India defeated New Zealand by 70 runs in the first semi-final in Mumbai. They have been unbeaten in the tournament so far.
On the other hand, Australia defeated South Africa in the second semi-final by three wickets to book a place in the final. They are on an eight-match winning streak in the tournament. Talking about the H2H record, Australia has the upper hand with an 83-75 win record. In this article, we take a look at the key player battles for the India vs Australia, Final match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for IND vs AUS
Rohit Sharma vs Mitchell Starc
Team India skipper Rohit Sharma will be up against Mitchell Starc in the final of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He has been dismissed thrice by the pacer in One-Day Internationals. Starc has conceded 146 runs off 141 deliveries, including 13 boundaries and six sixes. It will be interesting to see who emerges as the winner in the final. So far, Rohit Sharma has scored 550 runs at an average of 55, including a century and three fifties. Meanwhile, Starc has taken 13 wickets in nine matches at an economy rate of 6.14.
Steve Smith vs Mohammed Shami
Team India pacer Mohammed Shami has been in terrific form in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far, taking 23 wickets in just six matches, including three five-wicket hauls. The pacer will be raring to go against Australia in the upcoming game. He has dismissed Steve Smith thrice in One-Day Internationals. Meanwhile, Smith has scored 118 runs at a strike rate of 108.3, including fifteen boundaries and two sixes. In this ongoing tournament, Smith has scored 298 runs at an average of 37.25, including two fifties.
Virat Kohli vs Josh Hazlewood
Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has troubled Virat Kohli in the past. He has dismissed the batter five times in One-Day Internationals. Kohli has only scored 51 runs against him at a strike rate of 58.0. Hazlewood would be hoping to again dismiss Virat Kohli cheaply in the final. So far, the pacer has taken 14 wickets in 10 matches. On the other hand, Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the tournament. He has scored 711 runs at an average of 90.68, including three centuries and five fifties.