Australia's Victory In Ahmedabad Caps The Best World Cup Win, Says Michael Vaughan
Former England captain Michael Vaughan rated Australia's World Cup triumph as the best in the tournament's history after they upstaged a rampaging India in front of a vociferous crowd of over one lakh, completing a remarkable comeback following a horror start to their campaign. Entering the final after 10 wins on the trot, India were the overwhelming favourites in the summit showdown but Australia played a near-perfect game to emerge triumphant for a record-extending sixth title. "Australia's victory in Ahmedabad caps the best World Cup win I can remember in my time playing and covering cricket," Vaughan began his column in the 'Daily Telegraph'. "To beat this India team, in front of more than 100,000 Indian supporters, on a pitch meant to suit the hosts, is an extraordinary sporting achievement, especially after starting the tournament with two losses," he added. Australia bowled out India for a below par 240 after skipper Pat Cummins opted to field first at the 1,30,000 capacity Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.
Having overcome an early wobble, the visitors completed the chase of 241 in 43 overs, the result plunging the home team's throng of supporters into deep mourning.
The victory impressed Vaughan, so much so that he placed the feat of the current Australian players in the same league as the ones achieved by the likes of legendary Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Steve Waugh, Glenn McGrath and Matthew Hayden etc in the late 1990s and in early to mid 2000s.
"This group of Australian players had the misfortune of following one of the greatest teams in history, that of the nineties and noughties. It is difficult to always be compared to legends of the past.
"By winning a World Cup in India, the hardest place