Ahmedabad: 23 March 2003, that dark night of Johannesburg, in which Ricky Ponting’s Australian team won the ODI World Cup trophy for the third time by defeating the Indian team captained by Sourav Ganguly by 125 runs. Now Australia is world champion five times while India has won this trophy only twice. However, after 20 years everything has changed. Australia is no longer the same as before and neither is India’s weakness. The way the Indian team has won 10 out of 10 matches in a spectacular and dangerous manner, there is no weakness visible in it. Now India has a golden opportunity to match Australia and win the third World Cup trophy because the field is ours and the aspirations are also ours. In the 2003 final, Sourav Ganguly had won the toss and decided to bowl first, but if Rohit Sharma wins here, he can bat first. Then the pair of Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden gave a great start to Australia and put 105 runs on the board in just 14 overs, but this time Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will not allow Travis and David Warner to do so. After this, Australia made a record score of 359 runs, in which captain Ricky Ponting played an inning of 140 runs. It is expected that Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja will not allow Mitchell Marsh to come at number three. Then, while chasing the target, India lost the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in the initial overs, after which the team could not recover from this blow. The entire team could not even play the full 50 overs and were out after scoring 234 runs in 39.2 overs. Virender Sehwag scored the highest score of 88 runs. This time Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will give a strong start to India as both are in great form. Before the final, India had lost only one match in its campaign and that too against Australia. This time India has not lost a single match and has defeated Australia in the league round. This means that this time Rohit’s team has every chance to defeat Pat Cummins.
Lokesh Rahul has made a big contribution behind the wicket in the success of the Indian team in the World Cup. Rahul has played many brilliant innings for the team with the bat and has also taken some brilliant catches behind the wicket. Rahul’s batting may not have been much discussed in front of Rohit’s explosive batting, Virat Kohli’s restrained game and Mohammed Shami’s dangerous bowling, but in the current World Cup, whenever the team needed his contribution with the bat, he played this role. Well played. , Meanwhile, Rahul has scored 386 runs at a strike rate of 99 and an average of 77. Since his debut for the Indian team, Rahul is considered to be a talented player like Kohli and Rohit in terms of skills, but due to getting out after playing bad shots in the past, he has not been able to achieve this position. Amidst his brilliant batting in Rahul’s career, there came moments when he started doubting his own batting ability. In such a situation, by playing the role of wicketkeeper, doubts were removed from his mind and his performance with the bat also improved a lot. Mahendra Singh Dhoni must have been happy to see the way Rahul caught Devon Conway in the semi-finals. In the current tournament, he has taken 16 catches (15 catches and one stumping) in 10 matches. In terms of taking most catches behind the wicket, he is behind South African legend Quinton de Kock. This is a huge achievement for a player who was not keeping till recently. Rahul’s decisions regarding DRS have been excellent