Australia’s journey to the World Cup 2023 final gained momentum as they outclassed South Africa in a gripping semi-final at the Eden Gardens. Overcoming the spin threat posed by South African bowlers Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj, Australia successfully chased down a target of 213 with resilience and determination. The team showcased the qualities of a champion side, with Pat Cummins leading from the front.
As Australia prepares to lock horns with hosts India in the World Cup final at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium, Pat Cummins acknowledges the unique challenge that awaits his team. With a seating capacity of 1,30,000, the stadium is set to be packed with enthusiastic Indian fans, creating an electrifying atmosphere. Cummins emphasizes the importance of embracing this challenge and is eager to lead his team in front of a partisan crowd.
Special Feeling of Leading in India
Pat Cummins assumed the role of ODI captain last year, facing scrutiny during Australia’s less-than-smooth lead-up to the World Cup. Despite losing the first two matches of the tournament, Australia has displayed resilience by winning eight consecutive matches, securing a spot in their eighth World Cup final. Cummins reflects on the journey, expressing the anticipation of leading Australia in the highly-anticipated final in Ahmedabad.
Having already led Australia to victory against India in the World Test Championship final earlier this year, Cummins acknowledges the special feeling of captaining the team in India. He reminisces about the 2015 World Cup, considering it one of the highlights of his career, and expresses excitement about playing another World Cup final in the cricket-crazy nation.
Pat Cummins’ Comments
Speaking about the final, Cummins said, “Few of us have played in a final before, a couple of other guys in a T20 World Cup final, the stadium, the biggest in the world, is going to be packed, mostly going to be one-sided. But it’s about embracing it. It is going to be pretty special (on the feeling of leading India). 2015 World Cup was one of the highlights of my career, never thought I’d be here playing another World Cup final in India.”
As the excitement builds for the clash between Australia and India, cricket enthusiasts are gearing up for a nail-biting finale at the Narendra Modi Stadium.