IND Vs AUS Final Head To Head : When the two best teams of the World Cup 2023, India and Australia, will face each other in the final on Sunday, there will be some tough individual battles between the players of both the teams. India is the only unbeaten team in the tournament while Australia have not looked back after starting with two consecutive defeats. As a team, India has performed better than Australia and is a strong contender to win this prestigious title at home after 12 years. On the other hand, when it comes to global trophies, Australia has no match and five titles in seven finals is proof of this. Taking a look at the possible individual matches that will take place during this mega match.
Fast bowling pair of Rohit Sharma vs Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood
Indian captain Rohit remained in the news throughout the tournament by targeting the bowlers in the initial powerplay. His risky batting, however, reduced the pressure on other batsmen and gave players like Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill time to advance their innings.
Rohit stepped up and hit a six over cover off Trent Boult in the third over of the semi-final, reflecting the Indian captain’s fearless approach during a long and grueling tournament.
The big question is whether he will be able to do the same against Hazlewood and Starc in the opening powerplay on Sunday. India will be heavily dependent on Rohit, who was LBW by Hazlewood early in the league match against Australia in Chennai.
Hazlewood will continue to ask questions with his seam movement while Starc will be looking for the inswinger which has troubled Rohit in the past. This is probably the most important match of Rohit’s career and it is expected that he will face the challenge bravely.
Mohammed Shami vs left handed opening batsman
This tournament has been memorable for Shami with 23 wickets in six matches. No batsman has been able to find a way to deal with the movement they are getting from the seam.
Bowling around the wicket, this skilled Indian fast bowler has especially troubled left-handed batsmen and even champion cricketers like Ben Stokes had no answer for him.
In the first powerplay of the first semi-final, Shami had left-handed openers Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra caught behind the wicket in their consecutive overs.
Considering Shami’s excellent performance against left-handed batsmen, he may get a chance to open the bowling with Jasprit Bumrah against the opening pair of David Warner and Travis Head.
This 33-year-old Amroha-born fast bowler has been used by Rohit as the first change but considering the threat from Warner and Head, Rohit will be keen to give the new ball to Shami.
Virat Kohli vs Adam Zampa
Kohli has often struggled against left-arm spinners in recent times but leg spinner Zampa has also troubled him and got the wicket of the Indian superstar eight times.
The battle between the player who scored the most runs in the tournament and the most successful spinner will be worth watching. Kohli has scored 711 runs at a strike rate of 90.69 and an average of 101.57.
Zampa likes to target the stumps and it remains to be seen whether Kohli will surprise him by adopting an aggressive approach against him.
Kuldeep Yadav vs Glenn Maxwell
It is a testament to Kuldeep’s brilliant skills that except Daryl Mitchell, no other batsman could play aggressively against this left-arm wrist spinner.
Mitchell targeted the straight boundary against Kuldeep in Dharamshala but Maxwell has a lot of shots and only he can play some of them.
If Maxwell manages to survive on Sunday, it will be the toughest test for Kuldeep.
Maxwell can target deep midwicket and long on middle while playing with spin and when the ball goes outside the off stump, he also has the ability to spoil Kuldeep’s rhythm with tempting reverse hits. If this happens then Kuldeep will have to think out of the box to trick the Australian.
david warner vs jasprit bumrah
Bumrah, who took 18 wickets in 10 matches with an incredible economy rate of 3.98 in the current World Cup, has not been able to dismiss Warner in 14 ODIs so far. Warner has scored 117 runs facing 130 balls of Bumrah.
Since returning from injury, Bumrah has added a lethal outswinger to his quiver and this could help him trouble the in-form Warner, who is Australia’s leading run-scorer in the tournament with 528 runs.
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