New Delhi. Australia emerged victorious against India in the 2023 One Day International (ODI) World Cup in Ahmedabad in a major final on Sunday. Outstanding opening batsman Travis Head was declared Player of the Match for his remarkable performance and bringing glory to his team. Amidst this thrilling encounter, India’s run-scoring master Virat Kohli earned the coveted title of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 Player of the Tournament.
Travis Head became man of the match
Travis Head’s exemplary batting during the decisive final match brought about a defining moment in the tournament. Despite facing dangerous deliveries early from India’s Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, the 29-year-old left-handed batsman played a brilliant inning of 137 runs off 120 balls for his team while chasing the target of 241 runs. His innings included 15 fours and six sky-high sixes, leading Australia to their prestigious World Cup victory.
Kohli dominated the entire World Cup
On the other hand, Virat Kohli’s exceptional consistency with the bat throughout the tournament cemented his reputation as one of the best players in the cricket world. The Indian captain’s incredible performance was highlighted by his ability to score at least a half-century in nine of his 11 matches, setting a remarkable standard and making significant contributions to India’s campaign.
Player of the Tournament in ODI World Cups
1992 – Martin Crowe 🇳🇿
1996 – Sanath Jayasuriya 🇱🇰
1999 – Lance Klusener 🇿🇦
2003 – Sachin Tendulkar 🇮🇳
2007 – Glenn McGrath 🇦🇺
2011 – Yuvraj Singh 🇮🇳
2015 – Mitchell Starc 🇦🇺
2019 – Kane Williamson 🇳🇿
2023 – Virat Kohli 🇮🇳… pic.twitter.com/Tj67Nxv4iy
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Travis Head’s brilliant century in the World Cup final puts him among the elite group of players who have shone on cricket’s grandest stage. His achievement has joined the ranks of those legendary cricketers who left an indelible mark in the last World Cup final. From Clive Lloyd’s brilliant century in 1975 to Ben Stokes’ powerful innings in 2019, Head’s innings will go down in history.
Memorable finals in World Cup history
Clive Lloyd (West Indies), 1975: 102 runs off 85 balls against Australia at Lord’s.
Viv Richards (West Indies), 1979: 138 not out off 157 balls against England at Lord’s.
Mohinder Amarnath (India), 1983: 26 runs and 3/12 from 80 balls against West Indies at Lord’s.
David Boon (Australia), 1987: 75 runs in 125 balls against England at Kolkata.
Wasim Akram (Pakistan), 1992: 33 runs and 3/49 from 18 balls against England in Melbourne.
Aravinda de Silva (Sri Lanka), 1996: 107 not out and 3/42 against Australia in Lahore.
Shane Warne (Australia), 1999: 4/33 against Pakistan at Lord’s.
Ricky Ponting (Australia), 2003: 140 not out off 121 balls against India in Johannesburg.
Adam Gilchrist (Australia), 2007: 149 runs off 104 balls against Sri Lanka at Bridgetown.
MS Dhoni (India), 2011: 91 not out off 79 balls against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.
James Faulkner (Aus), 2015: 3/36 against New Zealand in Melbourne.
Ben Stokes (England), 2019: 84 not out off 98 balls against New Zealand at Lord’s.
Travis Head (Australia), 2023: 137 runs in 120 balls against India in Ahmedabad.