In the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, India will take on Australia in the finals. The game will be played at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19. Ahead of the crucial game, the Apex Cricket Council has announced the list of match officials.
The supreme board has appointed Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough as the on-field umpires for the championship showdown. Illingworth served as one of the on-field umpires in the semifinal between India and New Zealand, while Kettleborough officiated the semifinal clash between Australia and South Africa.
Joel Wilson and Christopher Gaffaney will assume the roles of the third and fourth umpires, respectively, for the final. Wilson and Gaffaney previously served as the third umpires for the India versus New Zealand and Australia versus South Africa semifinals, respectively. It's worth noting that Kettlebrough has been a match official in some major tournaments in the last few years.
Can India avenge its 2003 ODI World Cup finals defeat?
It's worth noting that the upcoming final game is a repeat of 2003's summit clash. Sourav Ganguly-led India faces Ricky Ponting-led Australia in the finals in Johannesburg. While batting first, Australia skipper Ricky Ponting hammered a magnificent century as he scored an unbeatable 140 runs off 121 balls. His amazing batting performance helped Australia post a massive total of 359/2 in 50 overs.
In response, India failed to put up a show and lost the game by 125 runs. Opener Virender Sehwag scored 82 runs off 81 balls with the help of ten fours and three sixes. However, India lost the game and the finals too. Now, 20 years later, things have changed as India is dominating the ongoing tournament. Fans can expect revenge on display from the Rohit Sharma-led Indian team. Meanwhile, the Pat Cummins-led team will also look to continue their dominance.