India vs Australia: Lineups confirmed for World Cup 2023 Final

Australia are bidding for a record-extending sixth World Cup title

By Web Desk
November 19, 2023
Both captains pose with the trophy ahead of the final. - ICC

Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first against India in the final of the ICC World Cup 2023 on Sunday at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

Here are the lineups for the mega clash:

Australia: Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj

Unbeaten hosts India have won 10 games in a row as they look to clinch a third World Cup title to follow their stunning victory over the West Indies in 1983 at Lord’s and a 2011 home triumph against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

Virat Kohli heads into the final as the tournament´s top scorer with 711 runs and having set a new record of 50 ODI hundreds in a 70-run semi-final win over New Zealand in Mumbai.

That innings saw the legendary batter break the record of 49 ODI centuries he had shared with retired India great Sachin Tendulkar.

Mohammed Shami, meanwhile, tops the tournament bowling charts with 23 wickets at just 9.13 apiece, despite being left out of the side for the first four games before an injury to Hardik Pandya paved the way for the paceman´s dramatic return.

Australia are bidding for a record-extending sixth World Cup title, with Sunday´s game their eighth appearance in the final.

Australia lost their opening two matches of the tournament, going down by six wickets against India and then suffering a huge 134-run defeat by South Africa.

But they have since won eight games in a row and, worryingly for India, had their revenge over South Africa with a tense three wicket-win in a Kolkata semi-final where Cummins kept his cool in a nervy run-chase.