Former England cricketer Stuart Broad predicted that India will defeat Australia 95 times out of 100 in the World Cup final. They are that excellent.

At the Adalaj Stepwell in Adalaj on Saturday, India captain Rohit Sharma and Australia captain Pat Cummins pose for a photo with the trophy before their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 final match.

India has never performed so dominantly in a World Cup as they have done in this one. In 1983, they were the underdogs and defied all odds to win their first championship. Even though they were a favorite in 2011, they did not play as well as this Rohit Sharma-led team did. One’s thoughts turn to the Australian invincibles of 2003 and 2007 or the West Indies teams of 1975 and 1979. It would be difficult for the other teams to defeat them in a match, much less compete. India has performed as well as, if not better, in this World Cup. The India-New Zealand semi-final was the only game going till, presumably, the 40th over of the second innings. Once the second innings’ first powerplay was completed, the next nine matches were largely over.

India has performed admirably in the cricket field, producing runs from the top order, hundreds from the middle order, wickets in the powerplay, wickets in the middle, dependable fielding, and excellent catching. This Indian team is the most worthy to win a World Cup, if ever a team. Not that they haven’t experienced their fair share of difficulties. Because of Hardik Pandya’s injury, they have been playing with their “plan B,” as coach Rahul Dravid stated, but even their second-best approach hasn’t been able to compete with the majority of other teams in this World Cup.

Australia is the last obstacle they must overcome. Australia is ranked as the second-best team going into an ICC event final, excluding the 1987 World Cup. However, this time, they are, albeit somewhat apart.

Former England cricketer Stuart Broad predicted that India will defeat Australia 95 times out of 100 in the World Cup final. They are that excellent.

under his Daily Mail column, Broad stated, “I would say that India would win this final 95 times out of 100 because they are so powerful in their own conditions.”

“To determine their strength, all you have to do is glance down their lineup: their top six players are capable of scoring hundreds that can win a game, and any one of their bowlers may claim a five-for. You can say that about them alone out of all the World Cup teams,” he remarked.

‘India like Brazil of football, Usain Bolt of Athletics’: Broad

India’s victory in this World Cup seems certain, according to Broad, the only bowler in cricket history to have taken more than 600 Test wickets outside of teammate James Anderson. Like when Brazil wins football championships or Usain Bolt wins the 100-meter dash, Broad said.

“Winning the World Cup by India is comparable to Brazil winning the equivalent in football. It has an element of magic about it.

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And in my opinion, it would be fantastic for the sport if India defeated Australia in Ahmedabad because, like their victory in 2011, it will serve as an example for the following generation of cricket’s titans.

Similar to when Usain Bolt used to line up for the 100 meters, an Indian triumph is the most marketable result for the sport. Everyone involved in athletics wanted him to succeed because it would increase the sport’s prominence, TV rights, and sponsorships.”

Broad also mentioned how Virat Kohli, who broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI hundreds to become the first batsman to reach 50, should be the clear favorite to win a second global championship.

“Given the career Virat Kohli has had, making 50 ODI hundreds, he deserves to be a double World Cup winner in his own country, too,” he stated.

‘Australia the team that can upset India’: Braod

But according to the former right-arm bowler, Australia under Pat Cummins has the potential to “upset” India in 2018 World Cup. In Broad’s opinion, Australia’s greatest chance of defeating India is to bowl first, remove Rohit and Kohli early, and limit India to a modest score.

“Australia is perhaps the only team that may shock India; before to the competition, I would have suggested Pakistan. They have the bowling assault to completely destroy the home team’s excellent top order.

“In my opinion, Australia can cause a shock if they win the toss, bowl, hope the ball nips around, and then hope Mitchell Starc gets it perfect and hits Rohit Sharma in the shin. Josh Hazelwood then follows up by nicking off Kohli.

“If they could cook up a situation of early wickets like that, placing India under pressure and limiting them to something like 220, you would expect Australia to knock the runs off.”

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