The two giants of World Cricket India & Australia are going to face each other in the marquee ICC WTC 2021-23 final. All eyes would be on Steve Smith, the right-handed batter didn’t have a promising BGT 2023. Steve Smith managed to score 145 runs in 7 innings as he didn’t perform according to his credentials.
Australia can’t afford to take India’s lower-middle order lightly, we witnessed how the likes of Ravindra Jadeja & Axar Patel frustrated the Australian bowlers in the recently concluded BGT 2023. Steve Smith though did a good job while leading the side in the last 2 matches (*Aussies won the 3rd test match) when Pat Cummins flew back to Australia citing personal reasons.
India on the other hand would be hoping that the star batter Rohit Sharma hits form after a horrendous IPL 2023, the batter looked in all sorts of trouble. He along with Shubman Gill will have to blunt the new ball which won’t be easy.
The management will have to decide whether they play 4 pacers or go ahead with 2 spinners and 3 pacers. Rohit Sharma in one of his interviews had made it clear that Shardul Thakur would come into the playing 11 straightaway.
IPL 2023 | India National Cricket Team | Chennai Super Kings (CSK) | Delhi Capitals (DC) | Gujarat Titans (GT) | Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) | Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) | Mumbai Indians (MI) | Punjab Kings (PBKS) | Rajasthan Royals (RR) | Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) | SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)
With Ajinkya Rahane back into the setup, the dashing trio of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane will have to bring their ‘A’ game to outclass Australia’s threatening bowling lineup as they can easily create havoc.
The rivalry between India and Australia is holding such high regard – Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch was having an interaction with Star Sports. Aaron Finch pointed out that it doesn’t matter where the Test match is being played and said that this is a must-watch game. Aaron Finch picked his favourite batter between Virat Kohli & Steve Smith. Aaron Finch pointed out that Steve Smith has scored tons of runs in English conditions
“I think the rivalry is holding such a high regard in both the countries that I think it brings the best out of the teams. Obviously, India has had the better of Australia in the last 3 series I think,” said Aaron Finch.
Both the teams have risen to the occasion and regardless of whether the match is going to be played, home or away or this time at a neutral territory. It’s a must-watch thing,” said Aaron Finch
“Virat Kohli & Steven Smith are batting at the no.4 position. So the key is to get them in early as well as possible and their wickets early, and expose them to the brand new ball. It will be absolutely key. I will always side with Steven Smith. Steven Smith’s record is outstanding (*as compared to Virat Kohli) and it will be a very good contest,” he added.