World Cup Final | 3 Australia Players Who Could Be Massive Threat To India
Australia boast of multiple match-winners (Twitter)
Despite playing rather scratchy cricket over the past month and a half, Australia step shores in Ahmedabad for the much-anticipated ICC World Cup 2023 finale against India on Sunday (November 19), with a reputation of a side renowned for peaking when it matters.
The five-time champions may have long lost their invincibility and dominance and will start as second-favourites against a mighty Indian side undergoing an incredible 10-0 winning streak. But hardly anyone wouldn't give them the chance to pack their strongest punch on the biggest night, having historically reserved their most lethal performance for such occasions.
The Australians are not short of match-winners who could disrupt the juggernaut carried into the final by Rohit Sharma's men, who would be careful about a few of the pronounced threats in the opposition camp. We at 'OneCricket' focus today on three such players who can impose themselves at the Motera Stadium and rain on India's parade.
3 Australian Players Who Can Pose India Huge Threat
A timeless classic at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai against Afghanistan reiterated Glenn Maxwell's amazing match-winning prowess. The middle-order maverick has been in scintillating form for Australia in the ongoing World Cup 2023, with his 398 runs arriving at a strike rate of 150.18. Maxwell has not just blasted two centuries but also averaged 66.33 for his tally in the competition. He will be mighty dangerous under the pressure and context of a World Cup final.
Before India face Maxwell, however, their ace new-ball pace attack will have to overcome the threat posed by Aussie top-order aggressor Travis Head, who made a valiant comeback from injury struggles against New Zealand with a century. Even though he faltered in the previous few matches, Head's magnificent counterattack in the semifinal against South Africa highlighted his impact on Australia's cause. On a dry turning pitch in Kolkata, he made 62 off 48 in a close-fought Aussie win.
Talking of threats and danger, Mitchell Starc's ability to swing the new ball at excess speeds with an unorthodox slingy action makes him a player to watch out for. Especially against Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, who has been in devastating form at the top of the order but may not have faced a challenge as stiff as the one presented by Starc. After stuttering through the league stage, Starc also displayed signs of regaining his best mojo in the semifinal, where his 3 for 34 off 10 overs was pivotal to the victory.