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Wicket preparation probably ended up backfiring on India: Ricky Ponting on World Cup final

CricketWicket preparation probably ended up backfiring on India: Ricky Ponting on World Cup final

Srinagar: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has pointed out a blunder made by hosts India in the World Cup 2023 final vs Australia in Ahmedabad.

India suffered a six wicket defeat in the final Australia claimed sixth World Cup title. Pat Cummins mens totally dominated Rohit Sharma’s men in front of more than 100000 fans.

Australia’s legendary captain Ricky Ponting believes that India didn’t prepare the right pitch for the high-profile clash.

“It was very, very sub-continental conditions today. A wicket preparation that has probably ended up backfiring on India to be totally fair,” Ponting said after the match.

Asked to bat first, India rode battling half-centuries by KL Rahul and Virat Kohli to post a below-par 240 all out in exactly 50 overs at a packed Narendra Modi Stadium.

Australia suffered a top order wobble of their own but Head’s 137 off 120 balls saw them romp home with seven overs to spare in match that never reached great heights.

Indian fans sat mostly in silence as the home team, who had won 10 matches in a row to make the final, succumbed to their first loss of the tournament in the all-important summit clash.

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