Team India will aim to end their 10-year wait for a major international trophy when they take on Australia in the final of the 2023 ODI World Cup. Two-time champions India and five-time champions Australia will clash on Sunday, November 19 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Rohit Sharma and his team are coming on the back of 10 consecutive wins. They have a challenging opposition coming off the back of an eight-game winning streak.
The Men in Blue's biggest strength will be the crowd support at the world's biggest cricket venue. Moreover, all 11 of their players are in top form. However, they could do no wrong in the final push to bring home the prestigious title.
On that note, let's take a look at three things India must do to beat Australia in the 2023 ODI World Cup final.
3. Follow the same strategy in batting
India's batting has followed a pattern throughout the tournament so far. Captain Rohit sets the tone for a big total with an aggressive start in the powerplay. This will put pressure on the opposition early on and allow the remaining batters to play their natural game. Virat Kohli at No. 3 will stabilize the innings by taking up the role of anchor, while Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul play according to the situation. Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja will have the finishing duties.
2. Mohammed Siraj should open the attack alongside Jasprit Bumrah
So far, it has been Mohammed Siraj who has opened the bowling attack alongside Jasprit Bumrah. It will be interesting if Mohammed Shami takes the new ball. Shami is currently the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Notably, he has been excellent against left-handers, averaging around four. Australia has two left-handed openers - David Warner and Travis Head. The veteran pacer can pose a serious threat to them and put the opposition in danger early on. Siraj, on the other hand, can come in as a first bowling change option and focus on his accuracy.
1. Target Australia's trump card Adam Zampa
Spinner Adam Zampa has been crucial to Australia's campaign so far. With 22 wickets, the leggy is currently the second-highest wicket-taker in the 2023 World Cup. However, Zampa hasn't been consistent and whenever he failed, Australia has struggled. Notably, in their group stage defeat to India, Zampa had gone wicketless by conceding 53 runs in 8 overs. If the Indian batters dominate against the 31-year-old, Australia will probably be derailed.