"It Was Best Moment": Adam Gilchrist Tells Travis Head He Celebrated His CWC Final Dismissal

Published - 02 Dec 2023, 03:46 PM | Updated - 12 Jun 2024, 02:51 PM

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Adam Gilchrist has revealed the hilarious reason behind his celebration of Travis Head‘s dismissal during the World Cup final between India and Australia last month. Travis Head starred with the bat as Australia stunned India by six wickets to clinch a record-extending sixth World Cup title.

Bowling first, Australia bowled out India for a modest total of 240 runs in 50 overs despite half-centuries from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. While Rahul scored 66 runs, Kohli scored 54. Captain Rohit Sharma also played a quickfire knock of 47 runs. Mitchell Starc picked up three wickets while Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins claimed two wickets apiece.

In reply, Australia were in all sorts of trouble after being reduced to 47 for 3. With India’s bowlers in good form, the team from Down Under was firmly on the back foot. However, Travis Head stood firm at one end and played arguably the best knock of his career so far to power his team to a historic win. The southpaw smashed 137 runs off 120 balls and shared a big stand of 192 runs with Marnus Labuschagne who remained unbeaten on 58.

Adam Gilchrist celebrated Travis Head’s dismissal:

While Travis Head was going great guns against Team India in the World Cup final, Adam Gilchrist was hoping that the southpaw would get out soon. And he recently revealed the reason on the Club Prairie Fire podcast. Travis Head and ex-England captain Michael Vaughan appeared on the podcast too.

It all started when the presenter asked Travis Head if the idea of surpassing Adam Gilchrist’s record for the highest score in a World Cup had crossed his mind. Gilchrist holds the record for his stunning 149-run knock against Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup final. Before him, his former Australia teammate Ricky Ponting held that record for scoring 140 runs against India at the Wanderers in the 2003 World Cup final.

“Wanderers was easy, small ground. Good, nice, even pitch. I was on an absolutely green top and a minefield at Barbados. It was going everywhere. Huge ground,” said Adam Gilchrist while comparing his and Ponting’s centuries as he left others in splits.

“I was watching your innings. I was sitting with my oldest son in a pub in Sydney. You’ve never seen a celebration like that before when you got out. It was the best moment of the night,” he added.


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