The final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 between the Indian men’s cricket team and Australia will be held today, November 19, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Australia will aim to win their sixth World Cup title, while India will be looking for their third. The match will take place in front of a packed stadium, which can accommodate 1,32,000 spectators, surpassing the previous record set at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2015.
One record that could be broken is the highest score in a World Cup final. Currently, Australia holds the record with 359/2 against India in the 2003 final. However, both India and Australia have scored over 350 runs multiple times in the 2023 World Cup, making it likely that this record will be breached.
Australia also holds the records for the biggest wins in World Cup finals. They defeated India by 125 runs in 2003 and Pakistan by eight wickets in 1999. On the other hand, Pakistan’s 132/10 against Australia is the lowest score in the World Cup finals. With India’s strong bowling attack led by Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, there is a possibility that Australia could be bowled out for a low score.
In terms of individual records, Adam Gilchrist holds the highest individual score in an ODI World Cup final with 149 runs in 2007. Joel Garner’s bowling figures of 5/38 in the 1979 final are the best in World Cup finals. These records could be broken depending on the pitch conditions.
For Indian captain Virat Kohli, this match offers the opportunity to achieve multiple records. A win against Australia would make him the first Indian cricketer to have two World Cup titles to his name. Kohli is also the highest run-scorer in the 2023 World Cup, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most runs in a single edition. If he scores another 89 runs, he will become the first player to score over 800 runs in a single edition. Additionally, Kohli has the chance to overtake Ricky Ponting’s tally of 1743 runs and become the second-highest scorer in World Cups, behind Tendulkar.
Meanwhile, Indian bowler Mohammed Shami has been in exceptional form in this World Cup. He currently has the best bowling average of under 10 and is the top wicket-taker with 23 scalps. Shami is also India’s leading wicket-taker in all World Cups with 54 wickets. A few more wickets in the final match could see him enter the top-five wicket-takers in World Cups, surpassing the likes of Wasim Akram and Lasith Malinga.
As the Indian men’s cricket team takes on Australia in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, there are several records at stake. Both teams will be aiming to create history and etch their names in the World Cup record books.