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Australia definitely deserved to end up as the winners of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 having played some exceptional cricket in all departments of the game. The Pat Cummins-led Australian team went on to register a commanding 6-wicket victory over hosts India in the final match on Sunday at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This is the sixth time in the cricketing history when Australia have managed to win an ODI World Cup trophy.
Travis is emerging as one of the three or four best all-format players says Ricky Ponting
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting praised opening batsman Travis Head for his exceptional century in the final match of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023. Ponting went on to describe Travis Head as one of the top all-format players in the world at the present moment.
He played a crucial role in Australia's six-wicket triumph over Team India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. His batting showcased a combination of aggression and skill as he scored 137 runs from 120 balls, including 15 boundaries and four sixes.
“Travis is emerging as one of the three or four best all-format players in the world. His Test record is outstanding. He is unorthodox at times [in one-day cricket] and you wonder how he will get past the new ball, but he does and scores big runs,” said former Australia captain Ricky Ponting during a recent interview.
Australian captain Pat Cummins received praise from Ricky Ponting, who highlighted that there should be no reservations about Cummins' leadership capabilities. Ponting commended Cummins for his courageous decision to bowl first in the final and recognized the noticeable progress in both his leadership and bowling performance throughout the event.
“I think (the captaincy) has been almost faultless, to be honest. I mean, any captain deciding to bowl first at the toss, that’s a gutsy, courageous move. Australia felt that if they could bowl well on that dry wicket early on and restrict India, batting was gonna get easier in the second innings – but we all know if you get that call wrong and you lose the game, that’s a huge decision to make for a relatively young captain.
“I thought his leadership actually has got better and better right through the tournament. His bowling has got better, and the way he used his bowlers today and some of his field placements to (Virat) Kohli and KL Rahul, are outstanding, so once again, an Australian team just finds a way to get it done in the final," Ponting concluded.