Travis Head played a key role in Australia’s victory against India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final. The star opener played a match-winning knock scoring 137 off 120 balls as the Aussies chased down a 241-run target against India in just 43 overs. The win gave Australia their sixth ODI World Cup title.
Travis Head finished his World Cup campaign with 329 runs in just six matches and made some useful contributions with the ball too. However, former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja was not happy when a fan asked him whether Travis Head was a replica of former India opener Virender Sehwag.
“Do you think Travis Head is a replica of Sehwag? Hand-eye coordination has a strike-rate over 100 in tests, hits fours and sixes”, a fan asked Ajay Jadeja in a video on Sports Tak.
“What is his age? If this guy has seen Virender Sehwag then this is a ‘behuda sawaal’ (non-sensical question). There is no logic in comparing Virender Sehwag with Travis Head. One is a right-hander, and the other is a left-hander. Virender Sehwag is Virender Sehwag. He used to play/go for shots from the first ball. And did this guy see how Travis Head was batting in the first few overs in the final?” replied Ajay Jadeja.
Ricky Ponting And Pat CumminsPraise Travis Head
Meanwhile, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting hailed Travis Head for his performance and told Sky Sports, “Travis is emerging as one of the three or four best all-format players in the world. His Test record is outstanding. He is unorthodox at times [in one-day cricket] and you wonder how he will get past the new ball, but he does and scores big runs.”
Australia skipper Pat Cummins heaped praises on the explosive opener lauding his ability to put the pressure back on the opponents and said as quoted from ICC, “That was a big risk, I think we could have been made to look silly if that didn’t pay off, but you’ve got to take those risks to win a tournament.”
“And Trav, the player we’ve seen in Test cricket, just epitomises everything I want out of a cricket team. He takes the game on, he plays with a smile, he just puts the pressure right back onto the opposition and he’s just great fun to be around. So, I couldn’t be happier for Trav.”
India were put to bat first at the tricky wicket of Ahmedabad and they were off to a flying start. However, after the departure of Rohit Sharma, the Australian bowlers managed to put pressure on the batters and choked them not leaking any boundaries for around thirteen overs. India crippled their way to 240 in the finals.
Australia in reply were off to a shaky start losing three wickets under fifty runs but then Travis Head stitched a match-winning 192-run partnership with Marnus Labuschagne to win the game for Australia. Head finished with a score of 137 off 120 balls to snatch the game away from the hosts.