Australian captain Pat Cummins said that dismissing the star India batter Virat Kohli was an important moment during the 2023 World Cup final in Ahmedabad on Sunday. With India on 148/3 in the 29th over and the game was in the balance, Cummins removed Kohli with a delivery that got an inside edge onto the stumps. And, Kohli got out for 54.
At the press conference post-game, Cummins said: “We did take a second in the huddle just to acknowledge the silence that was going around the crowd. It just felt like it was one of those days where it was all made for him to score another hundred like he normally does so yeah that was satisfying.”
However, after restricting India to a below-par 240, Australia chased the total in only 43 overs with six wickets in hand as well. It was their record sixth ODI World Cup title.
“That’s huge, I think that’s the pinnacle of international cricket, winning a one-day World Cup. Especially over here in India, in front of a crowd like this. Yeah, that’s huge. Yeah, it’s been a big year for everyone, but our cricket team has been here in India, Ashes, World Test Championship and top it off with this is just huge. These are the moments that you’ll remember for the rest of your life,” Pat Cummins again said. “It’s just every international team comes together. You only get a shot at it every four years. Even if you have a ten-year career, you might only get two chances at it. And yeah, it’s just the whole cricket world stops with this World Cup. So, it doesn’t get any better.”
With this, Australia won the double by lifting the World Test Championship (WTC) and the ODI World Cup this year as well. Pat Cummins opened up about Australia wanting to be brave throughout the World Cup where David Warner, Travis Head, and Mitchell Marsh in the top three showed their aggressiveness.
“We wanted to be pretty brave this World Cup, we didn’t want to kind of limp into the semi-finals, we wanted to be the team that could score 400 and you saw that the way we kind of shaped up with Trav, [David] Warner and then having [Mitchell] Marshy at number three. We wanted to be really aggressive and then a couple of our all-rounders ary aggressive to finish up the innings so we would rather fail that way. But then Marnus just showed his class and in South Africa you had to pick him, he was fantastic and he was playing a different style to probably what he did for the first start of his ODI career. It was paying off and we know he’s a gun so you had to try and find room for him,” Pat Cummins concluded.