Former star hitter Adam Gilchrist Australia’s World Cup triumph on Monday is being hailed as one of the country’s “greatest” cricket victories after beating hosts India to win a sixth one-day international title. Opener Travis head starred in the final in Ahmedabad on Sunday as he made a scintillating 137 from 120 deliveries, propelling Australia to a convincing six-wicket victory. Jointed head Ricky Ponting and Gilchrist as only the third Australian to score a century in a men’s World Cup final.
“So proud of this Australian team and crew,” Gilchrist wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
“To win another World Cup in the way and in the circumstances they have is, I think, one of the greatest victories in our sporting history.
“It’s time to celebrate,” added Gilchrist, who scored 149 not out in the 2007 World Cup final victory over Sri Lanka in Barbados.
It was the sixth time the Australian men’s team had won the one-day international World Cup following victories in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.
With a difficult score of 241 in the final, Australia slipped to 47-3 before Head smashed his second century of the tournament to take his team home with seven overs remaining, ending the dominant series of 10 India’s unbeaten matches at the World Cup.
Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said the team deserved the title after beating the hosts in front of a huge crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
“This is another wonderful achievement by Patrick Cummins and his team who performed brilliantly in difficult conditions and against strong opposition throughout the tournament,” Hockley said in a statement.
“Beating previously undefeated India in front of their passionate home fans is an achievement that sits comfortably alongside any of Australia’s five previous ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final victories.”
Australia added the 50-overs crown to the World Test Championship title they won last June after beating India in the final in London.
Hockley said winning both titles in the same year “is testament to the caliber of our players across all formats”.
“With the retention of the men’s and women’s Ashes and a sixth victory in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, there is so much to celebrate as we head into another exciting summer of international cricket,” he said. added.
Darren Lehmannwho won the World Cup with Australia as coach and player, also congratulated “all the players and support staff on the 6th world title”, on X.
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