ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Travis Head hits a match winning century against India in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Saurabh AnandSaurabh Anand

November 19 2023
Travis Head

Australian opener Travis Head scored 137 runs in 120 balls against India.

Before Australia’s opening game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 against India, nobody would have thought of Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne playing in the same Australian XI in the tournament. Now, they both have won Australia their 6th World Cup title with a magnificent match-winning 192 runs stand for the 4th wicket. Both Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne played a crucial role in Australia’s yet another World Cup win.

Australian opener, Travis Head, had a magnificent day on the field. He took a screamer to dismiss Indian skipper Rohit Sharma for just 47 runs. Rohit’s wicket was crucial for Australians and allowed them to grip the game. Later on in batting, he went on to play a magnificent century. Head scored 137 runs in 120 balls with 15 fours and 4 sixes. India scored only 16 boundaries in the innings, while Head alone smashed 19 boundaries in the game.

Travis Head close to another batting record

Travis Head departed when Australia needed just two runs to win. He wanted to finish the innings in style and would have become the second highest run-scorer in World Cup finals. Currently, Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist holds the record for the highest run-scorer in a World Cup final. Adam Gilchrist scored 149 runs against Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup. Ricky Ponting is second with an unbeaten 140-run knock against India in the 2003 World Cup final.

Travis Head is third now with 137 runs knocked, but he was looking to overtake two-time World Cup-winning Australian skipper Ricky Ponting. Travis Head was injured before the tournament, yet Australian management included him in the 15-members travelling squad. Travis Head made his return after missing a few early games and was straightaway put in as the opener along with David Warner. Head proved his worth for his national side twice this year.

Just 6 months ago, Travis Head was the sole reason why India lost their second successive World Test Championship final. He played 165 runs knock in the WTC final against India at the Oval and made Australia champions, while he took Australia into the finals of the World Cup 2023 with his 62 runs knock against South Africa at Eden Gardens and now in the finals at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium once again raised the bar high. 

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