Four days before India and Australia faced off in the ICC World Cup 2023 final, a cricket fan, who was likely from India, shared on the “X” website that they had a dream—and an expensive one at that. “Just had a dream last night, Travis Head scoring Century in Final,” the person stated. The post from November 16 on the platform.
Seems quite harmless? Rethink it.
In front of 130K Men in Blue fans, Travis Head was named Player of the Match against India four days later. While chasing India’s meager 241, Australian opener Head lost his partner David Warner in the second over. After 5 overs, the visitors were down to 47/3.
Head seemed at ease and executed his strokes with complete control and purpose, seemingly unaffected by the wickets falling all around him. Head attacked the Indian bowling attack and seemed to be mocking the indian supporters who had previously complained about the Ahmedabad surface being “slow and dry,” while his partner Marnus Labuschagne played the patient but lengthy game.
“This was a truly remarkable day that I never would have imagined,” Head said at the post-match ceremony.
Along with being the third Australian player to strike a century in a World Cup final, the batsman joined the exclusive group of greats that also includes Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting.
After hitting a century at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg in 2003 against India, Ricky Ponting became the first Australian to reach the milestone. At Bridgetown in Barbados in 2007, Gilchrist, a left-hander, scored 149 runs off 129 balls in a match against Sri Lanka.
It’s good to contribute, to be here, and to be on this list. Looking forward to that, it’s going to be a great couple of days,” Head said.
Head was removed with Australia two runs short of victory after smashing 137 off only 120 balls, an innings replete with 15 fours and four sixes. With six wickets and seven overs remaining, Australia managed to chase down India’s small goal, thanks to a partnership between the opener and Labuschagne (58*) for 192 at the fourth wicket.