ODI World Cup 2023: India will play their fourth ODI World Cup final while the mighty Aussies have reached their eighth final of this fifty overs tournament.
India won the semi-final one match versus New Zealand by 70 runs at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai while Cummins and co defeated South Africa in semi-finals two yesterday which was played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Now the fans wait for the big ticketed event like the ODI World Cup 2023 final between two giant sides like India and Australia. These two teams also met in a league stage of this year’s one day international event. That match was played in Chennai which India won after the starting hiccups.
But in the finals of the ODI World Cup 2023, which will be played on Sunday, 19th November 2023 at Shri Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India cannot afford to slip because this Australian team has been on a roll since they lost the opening two matches of this event.
India will have to be spot on and on their toes on Super Sunday clash against the Aussies.
Before the ODI World Cup 2023 finals starts, let us see the two greatest knocks played by the captains in the finals of an ODI World Cup tournament –
India and Australia met in the finals of 2003 ODI World Cup which was played in South Africa. Australia won that final because of just one marathon knock played by Ricky Pointing.
The Australian skipper of that time scored unbeaten 140 runs, which threw India out of that contest.
That knock made such a great impact that, India was no where in the game. The mighty Aussies made this final encounter look like a one-side affair.
Punter’s unbeaten 140 runs still remains to be the highest score scored by a skipper in an ODI World Cup final even after 20 long years.
Pointing was also awarded as the man of the match for his amazing knock. Australia won the final by 125 runs and clinched their second trophy that time.
India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only skipper in the world of cricket who has won all three ICC trophies till now. India won their second ODI World Cup trophy because of Mahi Bhai’s unbeaten 91-run knock against Sri Lanka at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
India was tottering in a run chase of a big final. The men in blue side had lost Virender Sehwag early in a run chase and Sri Lanka also picked up the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli pretty early. The Indian fans were waiting to see an in-form batter Yuvraj Singh.
However, the crowds at Wankhede and on TV were shocked to see MS Dhoni at the crease with Gautam Gambhir, who also played amazing well.
MSD wasn’t in great form in that 2011 World Cup. But promoting himself in the batting order was a masterstroke from MS and that paid off for India as they chased down that target.
Dhoni finished the game in style with a huge six and India won their 2nd ODI World Cup after 28 long years. MSD was also awarded the Man of the match.