In the Ahmedabad final, Australia clinched a six-wicket victory over India. Cummins expressed, “These moments stay etched in your memory forever.”
India had confidently advanced to the final of this home World Cup as favorites, boasting an impressive streak of 10 consecutive victories, leading many to anticipate their third title win. With a massive crowd of 92,453 passionately supporting them on the day, only a polished performance stood between them and meeting those lofty expectations.
Contrary to expectations, the Australian team, starting the campaign with two losses and minimal predictions in their favor, reminded everyone of their illustrious history in the tournament. Cummins skillfully led his team to restrict India to 240 runs in 50 overs before Travis Head’s explosive 137 from 120 balls sealed a memorable six-wicket victory.
“It’s immense, it’s the ultimate achievement in cricket, winning a World Cup, particularly here in India,” remarked Cummins, a captain who, this year, clinched the World Test Championship and retained the Ashes. “These are the moments that stay with you for a lifetime.”
Speaking about Head’s remarkable performance alongside Marnus Labuschagne, turning a concerning 47 for three into a decisive partnership of 192, Cummins expressed, “He embodies everything I seek in a cricket team. He takes charge of the game, applying immense pressure on the opposition, and he’s a joy to have around. I couldn’t be more thrilled for Trav.”
Head joined the tournament midway after initially remaining in Australia to recover from a hand injury sustained in early September. The 29-year-old earned the player of the match title in a World Cup final, joining the ranks of Ricky Ponting (2003) and Adam Gilchrist (2007) as the third Australian to achieve this feat with a match-winning hundred.
Head remarked, “It’s way better than watching the World Cup from the comfort of my couch at home. I felt a bit nervous, but Marnus played exceptionally well and handled all the pressure. It’s gratifying to contribute in front of a packed stadium, but I know I’m definitely third on that list.”
As Cummins received the trophy from Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, whose name graces the ground, Rohit Sharma, the captain of the opposing team, could only watch. “We weren’t up to the mark today,” Sharma admitted. “We tried everything, but it didn’t work out. I think the pitch improved slightly for batting under the lights, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse. We didn’t post enough runs. Credit to Head and Labuschagne for crafting an exceptional partnership.”