Australia once again displayed their brand of cricket and asserted that giving up is not an option for them. Everyone wrote them off after opening the campaign with two consecutive defeats. But in the end, the team, who were at the bottom of the points table at one point, defeated a dominant unbeaten India in the final to clinch their sixth ODI World Cup.
It was Travis Head who led the charge for Australia with a sensational hundred. Earlier in June, the southpaw helped his team win the World Test Championship (WTC) final with a 174-ball 163, and five months later, he demolished the same opposition in the 50-over format. Chasing a below-par target of 241, Australia were reduced to 47/3 at the end of 7 overs and every Indian supporter got excited.
However, Head was staying strong like a mountain in front of an in-form pace Indian pace attack. Once he found get going with Marnus Labuschagne, there was no looking back. The duo kept the scoreboard ticking and engineered a match-winning partnership of 192 runs. The destructive opener hit 137 off 120 balls to join Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist in the elite list of Australians to have scored a century in a World Cup final.
However, before steering Australia to the finish line with his bat, Head had made a remarkable impact in the first innings. The 29-year-old took a screamer to dismiss dangerous Rohit Sharma in the 10th over. The Indian skipper was on song from the start and looked a serious threat to the visitors. Despite losing Shubman Gill early on, Rohit continued his onslaught but an early shot attempt against Glenn Maxwell resulted in his dismissal for 47 runs.
Watch Travis Head's stunning catch to dismiss Rohit Sharma
Had Australia not been able to get Rohit out inside the powerplay, he could have done more damage and possibly changed the outcome of the game. Head knew the fact and the whole of Australia knew that Rohit;'s wicket was a game-changer. "He (Rohit Sharma) is probably the unluckiest man in the world," said player-of-the-match winner Head in the post-match presentation.
"Again, it's (fielding) something that I worked hard on. I couldn't imagine getting a hundred, couldn't probably imagine holding onto that one. Was great to hold on to that catch," the Adelaide-born cricketer said about that catch.