It wouldn’t be wrong to say that year 2023 has been a year of redemption. First India managed to get a victory against New Zealand in the league stages breaking the jinx of not winning a World Cup game against Kiwis in 20 years. Then defeating Kiwis in the semifinals stamped their authority in the tournament breaking another jinx. Now, the caravan has shifted to one final redemption for Indian team and that is – 2003.
On the other hand, Australia has once again showed why they are the best in the business. Even after losing first two games of the tournament, the Aussies ended up winning eight games on the trot and making it to the finals of 2023 ODI World Cup.
For both the teams, the tournament had started with 3 games on their back in a bilateral series and then playing the opener game against each other. In the four games, 3 off the bilateral and 1 off the World Cup, India managed to win 3 games out of the 4. However, will it actually matter in the night of final? Well, the answer is no.
Pitch and Weather
The weather in Ahmedabad on 19 November is expected to be 32 degrees in Afternoon while 20 degrees at night. The precipitation chances are 0% and that means, we are all set to witness a full game of cricket.
Both captains saw the pitch quite closely and as per what has been heard, it is expected to be a belter of a wicket.
The only question which has remained unanswered for the Indian team is – Can we see Ashwin play against Australia? It is no hidden secret that Australia still has a mental blocker against Ashwin and hence India may well be tempted to play him in the Final game. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that India’s top 5 has not let the need of Suryakumar Yadav. Hence, India can certainly look at this.
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, and Kuldeep Yadav.
It is highly unlikely that Australia will make any changes to their playing 11 for the final game from the one that featured against South Africa in second semifinal.
Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
Who will win?
Well, with how India has dominated in the home conditions and especially against Australia, it’s fair to say that India start in the finals as favorites. If India is able to adapt the pressure, and rule the first powerplay in both innings, India will clinch the trophy for the third time.