Curated By: Purvi Khemani
Last Updated: November 19, 2023, 18:33 IST
India’s innings have wrapped up, injecting an unexpected dose of nail-biting suspense into the IND vs AUS World Cup 2023 final at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The Aussie bowlers, armed to the teeth, unleashed chaos upon the Indian batsmen, turning the Ahmedabad pitch into a barren wasteland for boundaries. Captain Pat Cummins, having won the toss, opted to bowl first, and the Australian squad expertly exploited the dry, turning conditions, dismissing India for a modest 240 within the allotted 50 overs.
In the aftermath, the online Desi community is pointing fingers at the Ahmedabad pitch, dubbing it the villain in this cricketing drama. The anticipation for Rohit Sharma and his squad to continue their dominating spree was met with an unexpected plot twist, leaving Indian fans questioning the wisdom of choosing Ahmedabad over Wankhede for this crucial face-off. The pitch and its curator are facing the wrath of disappointed fans who wonder why such a pivotal clash unfolded on what they consider an atrocious pitch.
Indian author Chetan Bhagat took to the micro-blogging stage on ‘X’ to vent, exclaiming, “Pitch par brake lagein hain aaj,” while another cricket fan lamented, “Which nutcase decided to keep the Finals in Ahmedabad instead of Wankehde? Pitch is atrocious.”
Shifting focus to the match itself, Rohit Sharma’s explosive start was par for the course, but Shubman Gill’s early departure to Mitchell Starc added a layer of unpredictability. Virat Kohli entered the scene with guns blazing, only to see Rohit fall three runs short of his half-century to Glenn Maxwell, courtesy of a jaw-dropping catch from Travis Head. Cummins continued the demolition, snatching the in-form Shreyas Iyer in the very next over.
While KL Rahul and Kohli attempted to stabilize the innings, the boundary fest dwindled after the 10th over. Kohli’s departure at 54 off 63 left a void, and Rahul, valiantly reaching a half-century, eventually succumbed to Starc on 66 off 107. Ravindra Jadeja promoted ahead of Suryakumar Yadav, met his match in the 36th over. Rahul’s exit signaled the end of the line for recognised batters.
With a modest total set by India, the nation now holds its breath, the fear doubling after witnessing the team’s struggle against the Aussies. As we eagerly await the Australian innings, all hopes hinge on the Indian bowling attack to pull off a miraculous feat and seize the coveted World Cup trophy.