Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels that Australia will not be weighed down and play their best in the 2023 World Cup final at Ahmedabad on November 19. While the hosts, India will try to win their third trophy, the most successful team in the ICC events, Australia will try to win their sixth title as well. While team India have been unbeaten through the tournament after 10 games, Australia have won eight consecutive games after losing the first two as well. Both teams won contrasting semi-final clashes against New Zealand and South Africa to set up the blockbuster encounter.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the grand finale, Hussain said, “Australia know how to win tournaments. Seven players were there in 2015 and a lot of them would have grown up seeing great Australian sides win World Cups. That is what you are expected to do as an Australian cricketer. It’s not to turn up and listen to the Indian crowd cheer on Kohli, you are expected to turn up and win World Cups and that’s the only thing Cummins and his side will have in their mind.”
However, Team India beat Australia in the league stage by six wickets in Chennai. And, Nasser Hussain applauded Australian captain Pat Cummins for bouncing back after a dismal start to their 2023 World Cup campaign as well.
“It’s not about what happens to you, it’s about how you react to what happens to you. He was under pressure in the Ashes and when they lost the first two games here, there were talks about Cummins also because his personal form wasn’t great. I like that about an individual in a team or a leader is that you can turn things around and I think he has,” said Cummins. “The fielding display that they put on against South Africa was poor, they lost that game and then they have reacted brilliantly. India might have won 10 on the bounce, but Australia have won eight on the bounce and Cummins’ own game has improved and with him the team.”