In the ODI World Cup 2023 final, it’s a fight between the big guns. However, Indian supporters are really optimistic ahead of the major final, which is set to take place on Sunday at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.
Australia no longer appears to be the unbeatable team. However, India has been more merciless than ever, winning the World Cup at home in a record 10-match run. There are some great players on both teams who will be eyeing their counterparts in the upcoming clash in the ODI World Cup 2023 final.
3 battles to watch out for in the ODI World Cup final 2023
3) Rohit Sharma vs Josh Hazelwood
The front-runner has been Rohit Sharma. His aggressive style at the top has destroyed opponent bowling strategies. The narrative is told by 550 runs at a strike rate of above 120 in 10 matches.
Josh Hazlewood will pose the biggest threat to the highly effective skipper of India. Although Rohit has targeted swing bowlers during this competition, Hazlewood can put Rohit to the test because of his ability to produce incredible seam movement across the pitch. Actually, Hazlewood used a nip-backer to get Rohit out at 0 in Chennai.
2) Jasprit Bumrah vs Travis Head
Australia’s middle order has been quite fragile, so a strong start from Head will be crucial. Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith have yet to make a significant impact; everything hinges on how Warner as well as Head perform.
But in the World Cup 2023, it has been nearly difficult to counter the threat posed by Jasprit Bumrah. The bowler has taken 18 wickets while surrendering fewer than four runs per over, choking opposing teams during the powerplay. It was him who dismissed Mitchell Marsh in the first over of the Chennai match.
1) Virat Kohli vs Adam Zampa
In the ODI World Cup 2023, Virat Kohli proved to be the cornerstone of this formidable Indian batting team. 711 runs, a record-breaking total, including three centuries for the former captain, who performed his part to perfection.
Australia’s best player in this tournament, Adam Zampa, will try to negate the threat, and India must rely on Virat Kohli to come up and deliver once more. The leg-spinner overcame a poor start to collect 22 wickets across 10 matches. In ODIs, he has also had success against Kohli, having dismissed him five times in twenty innings.