20 years after Men’s ODI World Cup final, India and Australia face-off for ICC Test Mace


June 7, 2023 marks a significant moment for Indian cricket, as a new generation of cricketers prepares to take on Australia in the final of the World Test Championship 2023. This match will be held at a neutral venue, the prestigious Kia Oval in London. It has been 7,381 days since the heartbreak of the Men’s ODI World Cup final against Australia, a painful memory that Indian cricket fans would rather forget.

Reflecting on the events of March 23, 2003, it was a grueling day for Indian fans as they witnessed Australia’s dominance in the ODI World Cup final. The Australian opening duo of Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden got off to a blistering start, scoring 105 runs in just 14 overs.

However, Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh managed to dismiss Gilchrist, bringing some respite to the Indian team. He later dismissed Hayden as well, providing a glimmer of hope.

Unfortunately, Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn had other plans, as they went on an onslaught against the Indian bowlers. Ponting’s exceptional innings of 140 runs off 121 balls, including four boundaries and eight sixes, left the Indian team helpless. Martyn remained unbeaten on 88 as Australia posted a mammoth total of 359 runs in their allotted 50 overs.

In pursuit of the challenging target of 360 runs, Indian hopes were shattered in the very first over when the legendary Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed by his archrival Glenn McGrath. Despite the valiant efforts of Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid, none of the other Indian batsmen could provide substantial resistance against the Australian bowling attack.

Australia went on to win the final by a commanding margin of 125 runs, making it one of the most one-sided finals in the history of ICC tournaments.

Now, twenty years after that heartbreaking loss, Indian cricket, led by Rahul Dravid, is determined to seek redemption. The Indian team has witnessed significant transformations, both in terms of the game and the intense rivalry between India and Australia.

The World Test Championship 2023 final, unlike the 2003 final, is highly anticipated for reasons beyond verbal spats. It is the clash of exceptional cricketers, the thrilling seesaw battles, the high stakes, and the emergence of new players asserting their dominance in the cricketing world with every series.

The stage is set for an epic showdown between India and Australia at the Kia Oval. Indian cricket fans hope that this time, their team will rewrite history and emerge victorious, erasing the pain of the past and paving the way for a new era of Indian cricket dominance. The WTC 2023 final is a culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence, and it promises to be a memorable contest that will captivate the cricketing world.

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Erric Ravi
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Erric Ravi is an entrepreneur, speaker & the founder of Storify News and Gurgaon Times of India He is the Co-Founder of The Storify News Times. He was born and raised in Gurgaon, India, where he developed an early interest in technology and the internet. After completing his Bachelor's degree in Information Technology from a reputed university, Erric began his career as an SEO specialist. He quickly made a name for himself in the industry by staying up-to-date with the latest SEO trends and techniques, and he soon gained a reputation as a skilled and knowledgeable expert in the field.


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