In the lead-up to the World Cup final against India, Australia, despite being aware of the statistical advantages of batting first, ultimately chose to bowl after winning the toss, a decision that contributed to their eventual victory. David Warner revealed that the team extensively deliberated the strategy the night before, considering the option of setting a target by batting first.
However, on the day of the final, the majority of the players opted to chase, emphasizing the importance of understanding the conditions thoroughly before batting. Warner explained that the team believed that by bowling well and comprehending the conditions early on, they could gain an advantage in the chase.
This strategic shift proved effective as India, after a promising start with 80 runs in the initial 10 overs, was eventually bowled out for 240. Australia’s bowlers, led by Pat Cummins, played a crucial role in restricting India’s innings. Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne’s impressive 192-run partnership further solidified Australia’s position.
Warner praised Labuschagne’s inning, highlighting its significance in executing their plan of bowling first. He drew parallels with India’s earlier performance in the tournament when, despite a shaky start, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul’s partnership had turned the tide in their favor. Warner commended Cummins for his leadership throughout the tournament, particularly in the final where he strategically created doubts in the minds of Indian batters.
Despite prior criticisms of Cummins’ captaincy, Warner emphasized the team’s collective responsibility and acknowledged Cummins’ exceptional performance, describing his spell in the final as the best in the entire tournament. Cummins’ figures of 2/34, including crucial wickets like Shreyas Iyer and Kohli, showcased his ability to rise to the occasion and deliver when it mattered most.