“His wicket was very satisfying”- Pat Cummins on Virat Kohli’s dismissal in IND vs AUS CWC 2023 final
Virat Kohli ended up as the highest run-scorer in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
The final match between India and Australia didn’t end the way team India would have liked. They were undefeated throughout the competition but couldn’t take on that momentum in the final game. Pat Cummins and his team were too good in all three departments and put up a clinical performance to register a thumping win to seal the 6th World title for them.
India started well with the bat, as skipper Rohit Sharma batted in an aggressive manner and scored 47 runs. Virat Kohli also looked good at the start, but Australia controlled the middle phase of the first innings. They didn’t allow Indian batters to get away with the easy runs and dried up the boundaries, which put pressure on the hosts. It resulted in a collapse, and India were bowled out for 240 runs.
Pat Cummins opens up on Virat Kohli’s dismissal
After quick wickets of Rohit and Shreyas Iyer, India managed a partnership for the fourth wicket between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. Both batters added 68 runs, but it was skipper Pat Cummins who broke the partnership and dismissed Virat. Indian batter, who has been in good form, was looking to get to another century. He was dismissed for 54 runs with four boundaries.
That wicket triggered the collapse, and India couldn’t recover from that situation. After the win, Pat Cummins spoke about the game-changing moment when he dismissed Virat Kohli and said that he was looking to get yet another big hundred. He said, “We did take a second in the huddle just to acknowledge the silence that was going around the crowd. It just felt like it was one of those days where it was all made for him to score another hundred like he normally does and that was satisfying.”
Rahul scored 60 runs. In reply, Travis Head led the chase for Australia and smashed a brilliant 137 runs off 120 balls to take his team home. He got out when Australia needed two runs. Marnus Labuschagne stayed till the end and scored an unbeaten half-century. Virat, who scored the most runs in the tournament, won the player of the tournament award. Australia won the game by six wickets and lifted the trophy.