India will face Australia in the grand finale of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 to be played at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on 19th November. Both teams will look for a great performance in front of a capacity crowd.
The Indian Cricket Team is high on confidence in winning the semi-finals against New Zealand. After opting to bat first, India posted 397 for 4 in 50 overs thanks to contributions by Rohit Sharma, and Gill, centuries by Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, a cameo by KL Rahul. Mohammed Shami’s 7 for 57 helped the Indian team win the match by 70 runs.
On the other hand, Australia scarped past South Africa by 3 wickets at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in the second semi-finals. They struggled against Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj before Cummins and Starc held onto their nerves.
Both teams have top-quality players who change the course of the game with their abilities and help their country win the title.
Here we look at the 5 Players To Watch Out in India vs Australia 2023 WC final:
- Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill showed his class with a brilliant knock in the semi-finals against New Zealand. He put the bad deliveries away for big shots that put the Kiwis under pressure. Gill went back due to cramps and came back in the last over.
He has a great at Ahmedabad across all formats. Gill would be looking to provide positive start in the first 10 overs along with Rohit Sharma.
The aggressive opener Shubman Gill has a decent record in the ODI format against Australia with 268 runs from 6 matches (6 innings) with 1 century and 1 half-century including the best score of 104.
Gill will play a key role in providing an attacking start in the first 10 overs to put enough pressure on the Australian bowling and help the Indian team lay a strong foundation to register a victory.
- Travis Head
The dashing left-handed opener Travis Head produced a match-winning knock in the second semi-finals against South Africa. He showed intent right from the word go and made life tough for South African bowlers hitting them for boundaries.
Head played a total of 8 ODI matches against India scoring 208 runs including 1 fifty to his including best score of 51 not out. He would be eager to provide an attacking start in the first 10 overs and keep Indian bowlers under pressure.
He has been doing well along with David Warner in the first 10 overs and helped Australia lay a strong foundation for the win.
- Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has been in sensational form for India in this World Cup so far. After the fall of Rohit Sharma’s wicket, Kohli came to the crease keeping scoreboard ticking with singles and hitting boundaries to put pressure on New Zealand bowling.
He eventually scored a record-breaking 50th ODI century and was dismissed for 117 helping India post 397 for 4. King Kohli played a match-winning knock against Australia in the first match at Chennai. He rescued Team India from 2 for 3 scoring 85 that helped India win by six wickets.
Virat Kohli has an exceptional record against Australia in the ODI format with 2313 runs from 48 matches (46 innings) including 8 centuries and 13 half-centuries to his name including the best score of 123.
Kohli will be eager to prove his worth once again and help Team India win their 3rd ICC title depending upon the situation.
- Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc eventually returned to form with 3 wickets in the semi-finals against South Africa. The conditions helped the seamers and made use of conditions. He got wickets of Temba Bavuma, and Aiden Markram that put South Africa under pressure.
He got rid of Keshav Maharaj to end with figures of 3 for 34 in 10 overs. Starc would play a key role for Australia to pick early wickets and make sure that dent India’s chances. During their previous match against India in Chennai, Starc grabbed the wicket of Ishan Kishan but could not grab many wickets.
Starc has grabbed a total of 27 wickets from 18 matches at an economy of 6.03 runs per over including best figures of 6 for 43. He would be eager to showcase his abilities in the finals and help the country win the 6th World Cup title.
- Ravindra Jadeja
The conditions in Ahmedabad might help the spinners which would create doubt in the batter’s mind. He looked out of sorts against New Zealand in the semi-finals and did not pick any wickets.
Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of bowlers for India against Australia in Chennai. He grabbed the wickets of Smith, Labuschange, and Alex Carey not allowing the batters to score runs freely.
He will play a key role for India to pick wickets in the middle overs and stop the run flow. Jadeja featured in 43 ODI matches with 37 wickets at an economy of 5.27 runs per over including best figures of 3 for 28 at Chennai. He is a decent batter and would look to provide valuable contributions if the situation arises.