Dominance Continues: A Look at the Teams’ Journeys
Australia 2003 vs. India 2023: Unbeaten Streaks and Comebacks
In the 2003 ODI World Cup final, Australia, led by Ricky Ponting, clinched victory against Sourav Ganguly’s India. Fast forward to 2023, and history seems poised to repeat itself as Rohit Sharma’s Indian squad faces a formidable Australian team at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Unbeaten Streaks: Then and Now
Australia, in 2003, entered the final on a 10-match unbeaten streak. This year, the tables have turned, with India marching into the summit clash with an impressive 10 consecutive victories. It’s a reversal of roles as Australia, this time, fights its way back with eight consecutive wins after initial setbacks.
Pursuit of History: Matching Records and Securing Titles
Chasing the 11-Win Record: Australia’s Past, India’s Present
In the history of the World Cup, only two teams have achieved a 10-match winning streak in a single edition. Australia did it in 2003 and 2007, securing the title both times. India, with 10 wins in the current edition, has a shot at equaling the record by triumphing on Sunday.
The Quest for a Third Title
India, eyeing their third ODI World Cup title, previously triumphed in 1983 and 2011. Interestingly, Australia secured their third title in 2003 after winning in 1987 and 1999.
Key Players: Then and Now
Rahul Dravid to KL Rahul: The Make-Shift Wicketkeeper Saga
In 2003, Rahul Dravid took up the wicketkeeping role for India, contributing not only behind the stumps but also with the bat, amassing 318 runs at an average of 63.60.
Fast forward to 2023, and KL Rahul steps into the make-shift wicketkeeper role after Rishabh Pant’s unfortunate injury. Choosing him over Ishan Kishan, Rahul has proven his mettle, displaying sharp skills behind the stumps and accumulating 386 runs in nine innings at an impressive average of 77.20.
Records Shattered: Tendulkar in 2003, Kohli in 2023
Sachin’s Legacy, Kohli’s Ascendancy
In 2003, Sachin Tendulkar set a record with 673 runs in a single edition of the ODI World Cup. Fast forward to 2023, and Virat Kohli surpasses this milestone with 711 runs in 10 games at a remarkable average of 101.57.
As the stage is set for the ODI World Cup 2023 final, India and Australia are not just competing for the trophy; they are rewriting history and creating new narratives. The echoes of 2003 linger, but for the current generation, this is a chance to forge a different ending and etch their names in cricketing lore.