Australia is eagerly anticipating the ICC World Cup 2023 summit clash against India in Ahmedabad on November 19, following a nail-biting semifinal win against South Africa. Pat Cummins, the Australian captain, expressed his excitement, acknowledging the packed stadium and the one-sided crowd support in favor of the hosts. Cummins, drawing on past finals experience, including the 2015 World Cup, emphasized the thrill of competing in an Indian final.
Reflecting on the semifinal match, Cummins revealed the team’s anticipation of a spinning pitch, though he didn’t expect pacers Starc and Josh to play significant roles early on due to swinging conditions. Commending the team’s improved fielding, especially David Warner’s remarkable efforts, Cummins highlighted Travis Head’s knack for taking crucial wickets and Alex Inglis’s controlled performance against challenging spinners.
South Africa’s captain, Temba Bavuma, described the semifinal as a “dog fight,” acknowledging Australia’s outstanding performance. Bavuma attributed South Africa’s top-order collapse to challenging conditions and Australia’s ruthless bowling attack. Despite the resilient innings from David Miller, Bavuma admitted they lost momentum after the early dismissals.
Bavuma praised Quinton de Kock and Gerald Coetzee for their contributions, particularly highlighting Coetzee’s warrior-like bowling performance and De Kock’s outstanding tournament. De Kock played his farewell game in the 50-over format, and Bavuma recognized his impact, acknowledging him as a legend in South African cricket.
In conclusion, the upcoming Australia-India final promises an electrifying atmosphere in the packed Ahmedabad stadium, with both teams gearing up for a thrilling contest in the ICC World Cup 2023.