Former star batter Adam Gilchrist on Monday rated Australia’s World Cup triumph as certainly one of his nation’s “finest” cricket wins after they beat hosts India to earn a sixth one-day worldwide title. Opener Travis Head starred throughout the remaining in Ahmedabad on Sunday by hitting a glowing 137 off 120 deliveries, powering Australia to a convincing six-wicket win. Head joined Ricky Ponting and Gilchrist because the third Australian to attain a century in a males’s World Cup remaining.
“So proud of this Australian team and crew,” Gilchrist wrote on X, previously Twitter.
“To win another World Cup in the manner and circumstance they have is one of the finest victories in our sporting history I reckon.
“Time to have fun,” added Gilchrist, who scored 149 not out in the 2007 World Cup final win over Sri Lanka in Barbados.
It was the sixth time the Australian men’s side has won the one-day international World Cup after victories in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.
Set a challenging 241 in the final, Australia slipped to 47-3 before Head smashed his second century of the tournament to steer his team home with seven overs to spare, ending India’s dominant run of 10 unbeaten matches at the World Cup.
Cricket Australia’s chief executive Nick Hockley said the team deserved the title after beating the hosts in front of a huge crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
“This is one other fantastic achievement by Pat Cummins and his group who’ve carried out brilliantly in testing situations and in opposition to sturdy opposition all through the match,” Hockley said in a statement.
“To beat the beforehand undefeated India earlier than their passionate house followers is an achievement that sits comfortably alongside any of Australia’s 5 earlier ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup finals victories.”
Australia added the 50-overs crown to the World Test Championship title they won last June after beating India in the final in London.
Hockley said winning both titles in the same year “is a testomony to the calibre of our gamers throughout all codecs”.
“Together with the retention of each the lads’s and ladies’s Ashes and a sixth victory within the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, there may be a lot to have fun as we head in the direction of one other thrilling summer time of worldwide cricket,” he added.
Darren Lehmann, who won the World Cup with Australia as both a coach and player, also offered congratulations “to all gamers and help workers on the sixth WC Title,” on X.
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