Australia emerged victorious in the Cricket World Cup 2023 final, clinching their sixth title with a six-wicket triumph over India. The match saw a standout performance from Travis Head, who played an exceptional knock after a disciplined display from the Australian bowlers. This victory ended India’s unbeaten run in the competition, led by Rohit Sharma. As the champions, Australia secured a prize money of USD 4 million, while India received USD 2 million as the runners-up. The semi-finalists, South Africa and New Zealand, earned USD 800,000 each, while the remaining six teams who did not reach the semi-finals received USD 100,000 each.
In addition to the prize money earned in the final stage, the teams also received separate prize money for their wins in the group stage. The top four teams in the Cricket World Cup 2023, along with their respective earnings, are as follows:
1. Australia (7 wins in the group stage) – USD 4.28 Million
2. India (9 wins in the group stage) – USD 2.36 Million
3. South Africa (7 wins in the group stage) – USD 1.08 Million
4. New Zealand (5 wins in the group stage) – USD 1 Million
India’s dominant performance came to a disappointing end as Australia thwarted their quest for the coveted silverware. The Australians once again demonstrated their meticulous planning and ruthless execution, successfully chasing down a target of 241 runs in just 43 overs. Travis Head emerged as India’s nemesis with an impressive innings of 137 runs off 120 balls.
Prior to the final, Australia captain Pat Cummins had expressed the satisfaction of hearing a large crowd go silent, and his team delivered on that promise. The atmosphere at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad turned somber as Australia steadily approached victory.
The defeat left shattered hearts scattered across the stadium, which had been expected to become a new symbol of triumph for the buoyant Indian cricket team.
(With PTI inputs)