Australia's fast bowler Josh Hazlewood made a big claim about the Indian cricket team ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023 final which is scheduled to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, on November 19.
India and Australia began their World Cup campaign by taking on one another in Chennai and Hazlewood counted on that experience saying that the Aussies know them "inside out".
The previous meeting between them ended with India emerging winners as Australia could only post 199 runs on the scoreboard while batting first but they did manage to give an early scare to the home side as they had lost three wickets for just two runs in the first two overs but Virat Kohli and KL Rahul stood tall and made the difference for the struggling Indian side.
“We got one in the series, lost that 2-1, but no, we’ve played them a lot of times. We know them inside out, same with them," Hazlewood said about the Indian team.
“They are a quality team, they have been on a march the whole tournament, no real weaknesses in their team, so, yeah, look forward to playing them on Sunday. I guess we saw a few cracks when we played them in Chennai chasing a small target, we were lucky enough to get a couple early,” he added.
Hazlewood then praised the Indian conditions and how having so many stadiums in one country helps the bowlers to adapt to different conditions and also added that he would expect a good wicket in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
"I guess that's the beauty of having so many grounds in one country that - from north to south, east to west – they're all a little bit different. You adapt your bowling, adapt your batting to those conditions and we saw tonight it really spun and for us it nipped around early," he added.
"We played England at Ahmedabad and the wicket was pretty good without being an absolute flat track, so I expect probably something similar to that."
Australia, looking for their sixth World Cup, are set to lock horns with India, who eye their first ICC trophy since 2013, in the much-anticipated final in Ahmedabad where more than 100,000 spectators are expected to watch the showdown between two powerhouses.