The Indian cricket team stumbled at the final hurdle against Australia as the latter won their 6th Cricket World Cup in the Indian city of Ahmedabad. Travis Head starred in his biggest game ever with his masterful ton.
A billion dreams were shattered as India crumbled under the weight of expectations at the last hurdle. Head solidly stood against the attack of Rohit Sharma and his men as India’s dream run at the 2023 Cricket World Cup came to a grinding halt.
The law of averages appears to have finally caught up with India after a record run of 10 straight wins. Against the battle-hardened Australians, they appear to crumble. The latter peaked at the right time after an indifferent performance at the earlier stages.
Famed Indian Batting Line-Up Could Not Fire In The Final Of The Cricket World Cup
The famed Indian batting lineup was severely restricted in the face of some smart bowling by the Aussies. It was left to Travis Head to score a spectacular 137 of just 120 balls as the visitors strolled past the modest Indian total with 6 wickets in hand.
The host nation has been the winner of the last three editions of the Cricket World Cup. Added to the ranking of India at the top of the list, it was justifiably expected that the trend was here to stay even in this edition of the Cricket World Cup.
The Indian lineup, the strongest in the world at least on paper, crumbled after the initial power play period. But after Rohit Sharma’s departure, the wickets continued to fall at crucial periods, starting with Virat Kohli’s departure for 54. He and Rahul were just starting to build a solid innings.
Pat Cummins rotated the bowlers judiciously. This prevented the Indian batting from accelerating the scoring rate. In the end, the modest total would always be difficult to defend, and the Australians returned with the 2023 Cricket World Cup.