Australia produced a remarkable performance last night, defeating India in a thrilling World Cup final to secure one of their greatest victories in the tournament's history. With over 92,000 spectators in attendance, Australia outplayed and out-thought the favorites from start to finish. Opting to bowl first on a scorching afternoon in Gujarat, Pat Cummins set the tone with a brave decision at the toss and played a decisive role in the victory, securing the important wicket of Virat Kohli.
India, despite having the tournament's best batsman in Kohli and the best bowler in Mohammed Shami, struggled to find their rhythm as Australia's bowlers put in an almighty effort. Headlined by Cummins' tactical acumen and a magnificent partnership of 192 between Head and Labuschagne, Australia chased down India's timid total of 240 with seven overs to spare.
The momentous win was further embellished by the trophy presentation, where Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, handed over the trophy at the stadium named after him. This victory marks Australia's sixth one-day World Cup triumph and is arguably one of their most impressive, considering the odds stacked against them.
Cummins, who has been instrumental throughout the tournament, has now added the World Cup to the World Test Championship that Australia won in June. With the retention of the Ashes earlier this year, Cummins has undeniably cemented his place as a key player for Australia.
For India, it was a despairing end to the tournament, becoming the first home team since 2007 to not win the World Cup. Despite their earlier dominance, India seemed spooked by the conditions, potentially caused by a late pitch change for the semi-final by the Indian cricket board. Ultimately, they failed to live up to the high expectations they had created with a flawless performance in the group stage and semi-final.
As the Indian team and their fans pondered their disappointment, the vast arena began to empty. Australia's fighting spirit and their ability to win trophies was once again on display, as they overcame early defeats to come out victorious in the end. This stunning World Cup triumph will be remembered as one of Australia's greatest achievements in cricket history.