1. India gears up to face Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup final at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.
2. The Men in Blue secured their spot after a convincing 70-run win over New Zealand in the semifinal in Mumbai.
3. This marks India’s fourth World Cup final, with victories in 1983 and 2011 and a single loss in 2003 to Australia.
Sports, Nov 19: With just a few hours remaining before an intense showdown, the Men in Blue are gearing up to face Australia in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup at Ahmedabad‘s Narendra Modi Stadium.
India’s path to the final was marked by a resounding 70-run victory over New Zealand in the first semifinal in Mumbai. This marks India’s fourth appearance in a World Cup final, with previous victories in 1983 and 2011, along with a single loss in 2003 to Australia in South Africa.
Seeking their third title, the Indian team is eager to rectify the painful defeat to Australia in Johannesburg, where Ricky Ponting’s unbeaten 140 powered Australia to a formidable 359/2. Despite notable contributions from Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid, India faced a tough challenge from bowlers like Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee, eventually losing by 125 runs.
Having dominated the league table with nine consecutive wins, including the semifinal triumph over New Zealand, India enters the final with high spirits.
Australia secured the third position in the group stage, showcasing resilience with seven wins and two losses. The team’s comeback included a crucial three-wicket victory over South Africa in the second semifinal at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Rohit Sharma and his Men in Blue, eyeing their third World Cup title, emphasize the importance of maintaining composure under pressure.
Notable instances, such as the match against South Africa in Chennai, highlighted the team’s ability to adapt and secure crucial victories. Sharma, in a press conference, expressed his readiness to adjust his playing style according to the team’s requirements, emphasizing the need for adaptability in the game.