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Luck Favours the Prepared

By The Editorial Team Updated: Nov 22, 2023 11:24 pm

Cricket is often referred to as a game of glorious uncertainties. This was proved in the final match of the recently concluded Cricket World Cup when India, who were looking invincible in the run up to the final, were defeated by Australia, a side that started the campaign shakily. Unlike India whose journey in the tournament was seamless, including the semi-final where they virtually outclassed New Zealand, the Aussies managed to finish third in the league table after many anxious moments, before snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat against South Africa in the semi-final. So, it was natural for cricket fans to expect India to win in the final. However, contrary to expectations, the Australian team that was dubbed as the worst-ever to participate in the world cup after their dismal performance in first couple of matches, put up a spectacular show in the final with excellent bowling and fielding. It was downhill for the men in blue after scoring 80 runs in the first 10 overs.

Like true champions, the Aussies made a comeback from what appeared like point of no return, bouncing back twice from the brink of elimination. They were staring at defeat against Afghanistan in the quarter final before an injured Maxwell single-handedly took the team to the last four by scoring a double century. Again in the semi-final, South Africa made a decent comeback, only to be defeated by a resolute Australia, which was no doubt a big morale booster, evident by the strategy adopted against India in the final. Firstly, Australia decided to bowl first after winning the toss, keeping the dew factor in mind. It was a brave decision as chasing is always difficult in such crucial matches. Secondly, they meticulously planned against all Indian batters to prevent them from playing their natural game. A fielder was placed in between third man and point positions to deny Rohit Sharma easy boundaries. Similarly, a fine third man was placed when Surya Kumar Yadav came to bat as he picked up boundaries behind the wicket by playing scoop shots. On the other hand, India went into a shell after the first 10 overs and could not come out of it even after claiming three Aussie wickets cheaply and appeared like a pale shadow of the team which remained unbeaten till then. The Aussies won the day by showing exemplary courage, determination and grit, which the Indians failed not exhibit on the field. That made all the difference.

By The Editorial Team Updated: Nov 22, 2023 11:24:49 pm
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