Australian opener Travis Head played an amazing innings in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final to snatch the historic glory from Team India in front of almost 100,000 fans at Narendra Modi Stadium.
Head played a remarkable knock of 137 runs off 120 balls, which is certainly one of the best innings in a World Cup final, to power Australia to a 6-wicket win over the Men in Blue on November 19.
With this inning, the star opener became the third Australian after Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist to score a century in the ODI World Cup final. Thanks to his knock, Australia lifted the World Cup for a record sixth time.
Travis Head might have silenced the Ahmedabad crowd, but he felt bad for the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, who played brilliantly both as captain and player throughout the CWC 2023.
The Australian opener described Rohit as the unluckiest man in the world. Notably, Rohit could not control his emotions, and his tears came down after his team’s defeat. Head also said that the catch by Virat Kohli was the turning point of the final game in Ahmedabad.
Travis Head said in the post-match ceremony: “He’s (Rohit Sharma) probably the unluckiest man in the world.”
Notably, if Head didn’t complete that stunning catch of Rohit when he was on 47, the story could have been different, as the in-form Indian star could've taken the hosts to a formidable total against Australia.
"Again, it's (fielding) something that I worked hard on. I couldn't imagine getting a hundred, couldn't probably imagine holding onto that one. Was great to hold on to that catch," Head said about that catch.
Even, after the match, Team India head coach Rahul Dravid admitted that they were at least 30-40 runs short of the best target in the World Cup 2023 final against Australia in Ahmedabad.
(Star Sports inputs)