Cricket – ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – Final – India v Australia – Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India – November 19, 2023 General view as fireworks are let off as Australia players celebrate after winning the ICC Cricket World Cup REUTERS/Adnan Abidi Acquire Licensing Rights
The 13th ICC Cricket World Cup wrapped up with Australia taking home the trophy at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. After nearly six weeks of top-notch cricket, the Australians emerged victorious, securing their sixth World Cup win. Australia’s journey to the final was remarkable, overcoming back-to-back defeats in the early stages of the tournament. They faced off against the undefeated India in the final match and amidst the overwhelming support of fans, chased under the lights to win the game.
The tournament had a few surprises, including Afghanistan’s notable performances, but also saw some downfalls, with England’s title defense ending early due to six initial defeats. The ICC reported record-breaking viewership despite growing concerns about the future of 50-overs cricket, emphasizing the significance and popularity of the original World Cup.
India’s hosting of the tournament faced challenges, including a delayed announcement of the schedule and interruptions due to environmental issues. Commotion among fans during the match between India and Pakistan also marred the tournament. However, looking beyond these issues, the commercial success of the event has given the ICC renewed hope for the future of 50-over cricket.