With a broad smile on his face and a order hanging around his neck, Pat Cummins kept the World Cup jewel on the tribune before he started addressing the media on Sunday night.
Slightly an hour back, Australia won its record sixth ODI World Cup title, defeating favourite India at the Narendra Modi Stadium, and captain Cummins sounded happy to have silenced the home crowd- commodity that he’d hoped for on the dusk of the marquee clash.
It wasn’t easy to stop a rampaging India- which won all 10 games in the event, including the semifinal- in the peak clash. But formerly again proving its character, Australia took a stalwart decision by winning the toss and concluding to coliseum on what turned out to be a slow gate, and ultimately managed to rush out India for 240.
“It’s huge. I suppose that’s the zenith of transnational justice- winning an ODI World Cup, especially over then in India, in front of a crowd like this, ” Cummins said.
Coming into the event after a disappointing series against South Africa, Australia lost its first two games before bringing its crusade back on track. And formerly it gained the instigation, there was no looking back.
“It has been a big time for everyone. Our justice platoon has been then in India (for Tests), (played the) Ashes, (won the) World Test Championship and to eclipse it off with this is just huge and these are the moments that you ’ll flash back for the rest of your life ” the captain said.
Amid debates over the future and the applicability of the 50- over format, Cummins had no hesitance in admitting that effects couldn’t get better than this.
“You only get a shot at it every four times. Indeed if you have a ten- time career, you might only get two chances at it. And yeah, it’s just the whole justice world stops with this World Cup. So, it doesn’t get any better ”
Chasing a rather tricky aggregate, Australia plodded at 47 for three at one stage before Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne stepped up and sutured a match- winning cooperation. And, the captain heaped praise on Head, who stamped his class throughout the event despite missing the early stages due to a hand injury.
“Travis was phenomenal. A lot of credit should also go to Andrew McDonald and George Bailey, the pickers, to take a punt. He( Head) had a broken cutlet, and a broken hand for half of the event, but to keep him in the team was a huge threat. And the medical platoon were fantastic, obviously, to get him into a place where he could perform, ” Cummins said.
“Trav, the player we’ve seen in Test justice, just epitomizes everything I want out of a justice platoon. He takes the game on, he plays with a smile, he just puts the pressure right back onto the opposition and he’s just great fun to be around, ” Cummins said, adding with a smile “ I couldn’t be happier for Trav ” Know More Latest World Cup News…