Australia to ‘Embrace’ India Crowd Challenge in World Cup Final

Sat Nov 18 2023
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AHMEDABAD: Australia captain Pat Cummins has called upon his players to “embrace” the challenge of facing a hostile and one-sided crowd when they play the in-form hosts India in Sunday’s World Cup final in Ahmedabad. Ahmadabad Stadium has the capacity to accommodate around 130,000 spectators, and almost the same number (almost Indians) is expected on the big day to cheer for India.

India is eyeing a third World Cup title and obviously would be the second on home soil after their victory in 2011.

On the other side, five-time champions Australia are a team full of big-match performers and are famous for surprises in big matches. However, they also know what it’s like to play in cricket-crazy India from their time in the Indian Premier League.

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Australian skipper Cummins said that he and his team were ready for a big contest. 

“I think you have to embrace it; the crowd’s obviously going to be very one-sided,” Pat Cummins told a pre-match news conference on Saturday.

“But also in sport, there is nothing more satisfying (as an opposition player) than hearing a big crowd go silent, and that would be the aim for us tomorrow.”

The Aussie skipper, who also performed well as an allrounder, further said that one has to embrace every part of the big match like a final, and he would expect a big roar and cheer for the Indian team, adding that, however, they are ready for all this.

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