Travis Head orchestrated a masterful innings to guide Australia to their sixth Cricket World Cup triumph, securing a six-wicket victory over India in the final held in Ahmedabad. Facing a target of 241, Head’s stellar 137 rescued Australia from an early crisis, forming a crucial 192-run partnership with Marnus Labuschagne, who contributed a composed 58.
Australia found themselves on shaky ground at 3-47, but Head and Labuschagne’s composed play steered them back on course. Despite the pressure, they adeptly rotated the strike, frustrating India’s spinners. Head’s resilience was evident as he deftly dispatched short balls to the legside boundary and confidently hit sixes off Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yavav.
Head’s century off 95 balls showcased his command of the match, with aggressive shot-making and impeccable timing. In a display of determination, he weathered India’s bowling assault, culminating in a boundary catch while attempting to secure the winning runs.
Australia’s journey to the title mirrored their 1999 triumph, overcoming initial setbacks and making strategic player selections. Despite early defeats, the team, led by captain Pat Cummins, displayed exceptional resilience. Cummins’ captaincy stood out as he made strategic decisions, opting to bowl first and orchestrating effective field placements. His bowling performance was equally impressive, claiming the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli and maintaining tight control.
Australia’s fielding prowess was a standout feature, with Head’s exceptional catch and Mitchell Starc’s crucial dismissals contributing to India’s downfall. Despite challenges, including playing on a slow, previously-used wicket in front of a passionate Indian crowd, Australia outplayed India comprehensively.
In the end, Glenn Maxwell sealed the victory with a pull shot to the legside, capping off a remarkable campaign that showcased Australia’s resilience and prowess on the world stage.