Cricket World Cup 2023 – Final – Pat Cummins “I think this is the pinnacle of international cricket” – LSB

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What began as a grueling year for Pat Cummins and Australia, ended in ultimate glory, a year that may stand alongside some of the best any Australian team has seen this century. It started with an honorable defeat in the Test series in India, and ended with a stunning victory in the World Cup, also in India. Along the way they became, in no small measure, world Test champions and retained the Ashes for England.

However, Cummins was in no doubt that a sixth World Cup win, with odds stacked against them in the final against host nation and arch-rival India, represented the “pinnacle” of their achievements.

“This is huge, I think this is the pinnacle of international cricket, to win the One-Day World Cup,” said Cummins, an hour or so after Glenn Maxwell had smashed the winning runs to seal a crushing six-wicket victory in Ahmedabad.

“Especially here in India, in front of a crowd like that. Yes, this is huge. Yes, it’s been a big year for everyone, but our cricket team has been here in India, the Ashes, the World Test Championship and on top of that with this being huge, these are the moments That you will remember for the rest of your life.

“It’s just a matter of every international team coming together. You only get a chance to play this game every four years. Even if you have a ten-year career, you might only get a couple of chances at it. And yeah, it’s just a pause in the whole world of cricket.” “This is the World Cup, so things won’t get any better.”

Cummins spoke before the game about silencing large crowds before the game, and his team did that all day. The bowlers first put an end to the spate of powerplay boundaries hit by India, restricting them to a record low of just four overs over the last 40 overs of the innings. And when they hit Travis Head alone hit three more boundaries than the entire Indians batting order, each one drowned out the noise of more than 90,000, the vast majority of whom were Indians fans.

Cummins was, by his own admission, nervous as he waited for the match to start this morning, as the Sea Blue scored on their way to the ground as his side made their way there. But he was nervous when the match started, first when he decided to bowl first against the tournament’s most feared players, and then with the ball himself.

He had an indifferent tournament with the ball, only to give his best when it mattered most. By dismissing Virat Kohli in the 29th minute, he produced the moment that stunned and silenced the crowd more than anyone else.

“Yes, we took a second in the huddle just to acknowledge the silence that surrounded the crowd,” he said. “I felt like it was one of those days when everything was ready for him to score another hundred like he usually does, yeah that was satisfying.”

He had a good day as captain, never allowing India to settle as he rotated his bowlers, often after one-offs. By the end of India’s 30 innings, they had made 14 bowling changes, the most by any team in this World Cup. There will be no justifiable leadership decisions like the one that keeps Head in the team despite his broken hand not allowing him to play in the first five matches, continuing with Marnus Labuschagne in the starting lineup. Head made a winning 137 in the final and Labuschagne made an unbeaten 58, together in a partnership of 192. Labuschagne played through the tournament, despite concerns about its impact on Australia’s scoring rate through the middle.

“We wanted to be very brave in this World Cup, we didn’t want to qualify for the semi-finals, we wanted to be the team that could score 400 goals, and you saw that in the way we dealt with Trav, [David] Warner and then there [Mitchell] “Marci is third,” Cummins said.

“We wanted to be really aggressive and obviously a couple of our all-rounders were aggressive to finish the innings so we’d rather fail that way. But then Marnus showed his class and in South Africa you had to pick him. “He was fantastic and he was playing a different style to what he did. In the first start of his ODI career. It paid off and we know it’s a gun so you had to try to find space for it.

“After that, we thought the World Cup was over. It wasn’t until almost the next night. [the injury] Where is Ronnie? [coach Andrew McDonald] Came to me. “I haven’t slept all night, and I think we’ll keep it,” he says. We are going to take risks. He could be a good fit for the Netherlands, and then if we want to get to the finals and we want to win the World Cup, I think he should be there for the finals.

Cummins has played just two ODIs since November 2022 (and eight since November 2020) when the World Cup began. But he said he rediscovered the joy of the system during the World Cup, and called for more important matches. The future of offshore investment institutions is likely to be discussed at ICC board meetings this week in Ahmedabad, although no concrete decision is expected.

“Maybe because we won, but I fell in love with ODI [cricket] “Again in this World Cup,” he said. “I think the scenario where every match is really important, I mean, is a little bit different than just a two-legged match. So yeah, I don’t know. I mean the World Cup has a rich history, and I’m sure it will continue for a while.” “Long. There’s been a lot of great games and a lot of great stories over the last couple of months. So, I think there’s definitely a place.”

Othman Sami Al-Din is a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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