A billion dreams have been shattered while a few have been fulfilled. India did dominate the whole World Cup, even Australia, earlier in the tournament but completely failed to replicate the same when it mattered the most. Plenty of stars, plenty of talented players and a plenty of memorable performances from various players. Close games and dominated games as well. We have seen everything, and in the end, it's the Mighty Australia who win the World Cup for the record 6TH time... Congratulations to Australia, they have played excellently. It will be hard for the Indian fans yet again, but that is how it goes. You have to wake up tomorrow and resume your duties! The Men in Blue have to tur up again and stand tall in the games to come and years to come.
Let's wrap up the coverage from our side! I am AkshayaKrishna Polya, signing off on behalf of my co-commentators Akshay Bhide, Sidharth Gulati, Arijit Kundu, Ayan Chatterjee, Hitesh Peddurwar, Deepak Prakash and Saptak Sanyal, who alongside our scorers/analysts Zeeshan Naiyer and Raju Khariya were blessed to bring you all the live-action of this GRAND FINALE of the ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2023! Stay tuned to our network for the games across the globe. We will meet again in another game of cricket. Until then, its cheers!
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in a nutshell:
Match 1 - Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra lit up the opening day in Ahmedabad Match 2 - Bas de Leede’s heroics not enough against Pakistan Match 3 - Mehidy Hasan Miraz's all-around effort helps the Bangla Tigers thump the Afghans Match 4 - Run-fest in Delhi as Proteas beat Sri Lanka in a game where 754 runs were scored Match 5 - Kohli-Rahul take India home against Australia in Chennai after a shaky start Match 6 - Mitchell Santner’s fifer highlights New Zealand’s win over the Netherlands Match 7 - Dawid Malan’s ton sets up a big win for England over Bangladesh Match 8 - Cramping Mohammad Rizwan helps Pakistan ace the highest successful run chase in WCs Match 9 - Rohit Sharma’s quickfire ton helps the hosts go past the spirited Afghans Match 10 - Quinton de Kock and South African bowlers too good for Australia Match 11 - Returning Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell star against Bangladesh Match 12 - Bowlers and Rohit Sharma script a thumping win for India against their arch-rivals Pakistan Match 13 - Spin trio help Afghanistan create an upset by beating the defending champions England in Delhi Match 14 - A collective effort sees Australia grab their first win of CWC23 by beating Sri Lanka Match 15 - Second upset of the tournament as the Dutch defeat the Proteas at the foothills of the Himalayas Match 16 - Santner’s flying catch highlights New Zealand’s big win over the Afghans Match 17 - Kohli gets to his ton and takes India home against Bangladesh with a six Match 18 - Warner and Marsh go berserk against Pakistan before Zampa stars with the ball Match 19 - Samarawickrama’s well-composed unbeaten 91 helps Lankans go past upbeat Dutch Match 20 - South Africa beat England by 229 runs in Mumbai, their biggest defeat in ODIs Match 21 - Shami’s fifer helps India march on to hand New Zealand their first loss of the CWC23 Match 22 - The Afghan batters star in their eight-wicket win over Pakistan Match 23 - de Kock goes big against the bruised Bangla Tigers and Mahmudullah’s ton goes in vain Match 24 - Maxwell hits fastest ton in the history of World Cup off 40 balls as the Dutch had no answers to the Aussies Match 25 - Defending champions England continue to struggle as the Lankans come out on top in the city of gardens Match 26 - First thriller of CWC23 and Maharaj holds his nerves to take South Africa across the line against Pakistan Match 27 - Back-to-back thrillers as Australia beat the Kiwis by five runs in the Trans-Tasman rivalry in Dharamsala Match 28 - Skipper Edwards and van Meekeren star in Dutch win over Bangladesh in Kolkata Match 29 - Rohit Sharma’s brilliant knock and bowlers add more misery to England Match 30 - Afghanistan win back-to-back wins for the first time in World Cups by beating Sri Lanka Match 31 - Returning Fakhar Zaman and Abdullah Shafique help Pakistan get back to winning ways Match 32 - de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen’s tons helps Proteas beat the Kiwis by 190 runs Match 33 - The Indian pacers wreak havoc as they knock over the Lankans on 55 to win big in the city of dreams Match 34 - Four run-outs and Dutch lose another one as the Afghans grab their fourth win Match 35 - New Zealand post 401 and still lose the game by the DLS method, courtesy - Fakhar Zaman’s sensational ton in the chase Match 36 - An all-around effort sees Australia beat their arch-rivals England in Ahmedabad Match 37 - Kohli equals Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI tons before Jadeja’s fifer to go past the Proteas Match 38 - Mathews’ ‘Timed Out’ dismissal headlines Bangladesh’s win over Sri Lanka Match 39 - Maxwell plays the greatest ODI innings of all time to take Australia from 91/7 to 293/7 and into the semis Match 40 - Crisis Man Benjamin Stokes hits a century to help England beat the Netherlands in Pune Match 41 - Bowlers set up a big win for New Zealand against Sri Lanka to put one step in the semi-finals Match 42 - South Africa ace a nervy-chase against Afghanistan to finish the league stages on a high Match 43 - Marsh goes big and remains unbeaten on 177 to help Australia complete their highest successful chase in World Cups Match 44 - England beat Pakistan by 93 runs and qualify for the Champions Trophy 2025 Match 45 - Iyer and Rahul hit tons before Kohli and Rohit pick up a wicket each to stay unbeaten in the league stages Semi-Final 1 - Shami’s sensational seven-fer derails New Zealand as Mitchell’s ton goes in vain Semi-Final 2 - South Africa suffer another heartbreak in the semis as bowlers help Australia reach their eighth World Cup final Final - Perfect planning and execution helps Australia stun the Men in Blue to lift their sixth World Cup title in front of 1,30,000 people
~ Akshay Bhide
It's Time for the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi and the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Richard Marles, to come to the podium. They shake hands with the Australian skipper Pat Cummins before handing over the WORLD CUP to the winning team's captain. Pat Cummins poses for the photograph, and the crackers go up in Ahmedabad. A huge moment for Cummins as a skipper.
Mr Modi and Mr Marles shake hands with all the players before the Champions get together to celebrate the moment. It will go on and on forever!
Pat Cummins (Australia Captain): "Yeah. That's it. I think we saved our best for the last. A couple of big match players stepped up.
We were tossing it up. We were batting first for the most part of the tournament. We thought the wicket would get better as the game progressed. It didn't spin. Everyone adjusted well and bowled nice lines and lengths.
On a slow wicket like that, there is a variable bounce. A few catches in the leg side and try some luck. They were desperate for sure. It started last week against South Africa. It's an ageing side but we really stepped up.
Really chuffed with 240. Anything under 300 would have been nice and would have been good to chase on that wicket.
Marnus walked in with a cool head. Travis does what he does the best. To take on the bowling in the biggest of stage is incredible. The selectors backed him despite a broken head. Also, the medical team to bring him back and he is an absolute legend and I couldn't be more happier.
I was happy that it was silence for most part of our bowling. There were a couple of moments when they roared and it was really loud. When you looked up, there were people wearing blue shirts. It was an amazing atmosphere.
(Message to the group after losing the first two games) You gotta go and win the World Cup. You can't wait for things to happen. We made the change. The openers stepped up and scored at a good rate. The bowlers did a fine job as well.
Crazy. This year will be the one that will be remembered for a long time. I spent most of the winter away from home but it is great to get the win."
Now, it's time for Australia to collect the winner's medal from ICC Chairman Greg Barclay.
We will start with Sean Abbott, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa and the Captain Pat Cummins.
Rohit Sharma (India Captain):"Yes, I mean look, the result has not gone our way. We were not good enough today. Wasn't meant to be today.
Honestly, we were 20-30 short. Virat, KL batted well and stitched a good partnership but we lost wickets at regular intervals and lost the plot. They did that and stitched a great partnership.
We went for wickets in the end at 47/3 but they did bat well and took the game away from us.
The wicket got better as the game went on. But that is not an excuse for this loss. We did not bat well enough and deserved to lose the game today. Great campaign and proud of the boys in the end. Thank You."
Now, time for the Runners Up India to collect their medals from Mr. Jay Shah.
Starting with Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Prasidh Krishna, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav and the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT- VIRAT KOHLI (collects the award from Roger Binny)
For his consistent run throughout the tournament, scoring 765 runs in 11 innings with three centuries and six fifties.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH IN THE WORLD CUP FINAL- Travis Head (Sachin Tendulkar rewards him)
The Match Officials come to the podium and collect their rewards. First, it's the match referee Andy Pycroft and following him, the on-field umpires- Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough. Time to reward the TV umpire Joel Wilson and the fourth umpire Chris Gaffaney as well.
9:59 PM IST and Local Time: We are all set for the post-match presentation at the Narendra Modi Stadium...