Cricketer-turned-commentator Harbhajan Singh feels that a slightly better pitch would have helped India during the ICC World Cup 2023 final. India lost the final to Australia by 7 wickets on a slow batting wicket.
Batting first, Team India struggled to score runs at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. They were bowled out for 240 in the 1st innings. Later, Australia chased down the target by 7 wickets to clinch the trophy.
Slightly Better Pitch Would’ve Helped India: Harbhajan Singh
While speaking on India Today, former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh said that the pitch was a little slow and drier than usual during the ICC World Cup 2023 final.
“I think it was the kind of pitch which was on the slower side. It was drier than the usual pitch. You know, I would have liked to see a pitch where a lot of scores like 300 plus have been scored. That sort of pitch would have India more than this kind of pitch where, you know, you bring your opposition in the game,” he said.
Harbhajan Singh also feels that a slightly better pitch would have helped India in the match.
“You know where your batters were in such great form. They looked really good throughout the tournament, and they were fantastic and very, very proud of them. The way they play their cricket. I think, a slightly better pitch would help them to perform better than what happened,” said Harbhajan.
Ahmedabad pitch was a little slower and drier than usual. For instance, the stadium witnessed 200-plus totals during the playoffs and final of ICC World Cup 2023. Harbhajan also said that India was superior in the match. He also added that even his Aussies friends believed that India would win the match.
“I believe India was the superior side. You ask anyone. Yesterday before the game, I spoke to a couple of my Aussie friends who I played with in my era. And all of them, they said, India is just top side, and it will be India all the way,” he concluded.
Australia outplayed India in both batting and bowling to win the ICC World Cup 2023 trophy. The Aussies won their 6th ICC ODI World Cup trophy. India and Australia will now lock horns in a five-match T20I series.