The cricketing world is abuzz with excitement as the grand finale of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is just around the corner. India and Australia are set to face off in a highly anticipated match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, 19 November. As the two cricketing giants prepare to battle it out, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming clash.
This final is a repeat of the 2003 encounter where Australia emerged victorious, defeating India by 125 runs in Johannesburg. Now, both teams are geared up for a historic showdown, and with well over 100,000 fans expected to fill the stadium, the atmosphere promises to be electric.
Road to the Final
India showcased their supremacy in the group stage, finishing at the top with a perfect record of nine wins out of nine matches. Led by captain Rohit Sharma, the team’s net run rate of 2.570 was the best in the group stage. In the semi-final against New Zealand, a stellar performance by Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohammed Shami propelled India to a formidable total of 397, ultimately securing their spot in the final.
Australia faced initial setbacks with defeats to India and South Africa in their opening matches. However, they bounced back, winning their remaining seven matches to qualify with 14 points. In the semi-final against South Africa, Pat Cummins’ side made a strong start, restricting their opponents to 24/4. Despite a century from David Miller, Australia clinched a tense three-wicket victory, setting the stage for a thrilling final.
- Captain: Rohit Sharma
- Key Players: Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Jasprit Bumrah
- Notable Performers: Mohammed Shami, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli
- Captain: Pat Cummins
- Key Players: Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc
- Notable Performers: Pat Cummins, David Miller, Mitchell Starc
World Cup Pedigree
India, hosting the tournament, is aiming for their first major ICC global tournament win in 12 years. With the crowd support on home soil, reminiscent of their 2011 World Cup triumph, the team is eager to make history. On the other hand, Australia, the most successful nation in World Cup history, is vying for their sixth title, which would solidify their cricketing legacy.
In case of weather-related interruptions, a reserve day is available to ensure a result is reached.
The tournament boasts a US$10 million prize pool, with the winner taking home US$4 million and the runners-up receiving US$2 million. Teams also earned US$40,000 for every group stage win.
How to Watch
The ICC’s global broadcast partner, Disney Star, will air the match globally. In India, Star Sports Network is the go-to channel, while other countries have their respective broadcasters. The match will also be available on digital platforms for a convenient viewing experience.
The grand final will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the largest sports stadium globally. Having hosted crucial matches throughout the tournament, including the opening fixture and India’s win over Pakistan, the venue promises an electrifying atmosphere for the pinnacle event.
Stay updated with live scores and match details by visiting www.cricketworldcup.com/fixtures throughout the tournament.
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the showdown between India and Australia, the stage is set for a thrilling finale that will be etched in the annals of cricketing history. May the best team emerge victorious and etch their name in the illustrious history of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.