India and Australia are set to battle it out for the ultimate prize in the final of the ODI World Cup. The two sides will be meeting each other in the finals after 20 years in what will be a repeat of the 2003 World Cup final where Australia dominated India to lift their 3rd World Cup trophy. The Indians have remained unbeaten in the tournament, but they will have to be at their best to lift the World Cup trophy. Let’s discuss the 3 biggest challenges that the Indian team will face against Australia in the World Cup final.
The New Ball Challenge
Mitchell Stac and Josh Hazlewood would pose a huge threat to the Indian openers with the new ball. The duo bowled brilliantly in the powerplay with the new ball and kept South Africa under tremendous pressure. They dismissed both South African openers in the powerplay and would be looking to do the same against India.
Captain Rohit Sharma has decided to go all guns blazing right from the first ball in this World Cup, and the Australian duo will be a huge challenge for him and India.
The Indian middle order has been phenomenal in this tournament, but in the final, they will have to negotiate with Adam Zampa. The Australian leg-spinner has been among the highest wicket-takers in this World Cup and it won’t be easy for the Indian batters to attack him. If India bat first, they will have to somehow tackle this challenge if they want to post a huge target for Australia.
The Australian Top Order
David Warner has scored more than 500 runs in this tournament, and his attacking style would be a threat to the Indian bowling attack. His opening partner, Travis Head, has also delivered with the bat after he made a comeback from his injury.
Mitchell Marsh at No. 3 is also a big challenge for Team India. He has played some explosive knocks throughout the tournament, and it would be a task for the Indian bowlers to neutralize him.