Google India tweeted a list of facts on Sunday noting the parallels between the cricket World Cup finals in 2003 and 2023, both of which were played between India and Australia.
When Virat Kohli and skipper Rohit Sharma led the batting attack at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Google India’s note showed Sachin Tendulkar and then captain Sourav Ganguly doing the same.
Furthermore, Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar were named the highest run scorers, while both Rohit Sharma and Sourav Ganguly became captains for the first time in 2023 and 2003, respectively.
The message also mentioned that “Rahul” had been the wicketkeeper for both World Cups. Rahul Dravid took up the wicketkeeping gloves in 2003, and KL Rahul will be the wicketkeeper in the World Cup in 2023.
Australia appeared to have an edge in 2003 after being undefeated in all group-stage matches, and India has a similar advantage this year.
Australia captain Pat Cummins won the toss and chose to bat against India in the 50-overs World Cup final on Sunday at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Champions twice over India has been the form side, winning all ten games to go to the final against five-time champion Australia in the world’s largest cricket arena.
Both clubs used the identical lineup of 11 players from their respective semi-final victories.
“Dew is one factor, and it’s quite dewy in the night at this venue,” Cummins explained his choice.
“I’m really proud of the team. The competition got off to a rocky start, but they haven’t looked back since.”
Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, stated that he would have chosen to bat first anyhow.
“I would’ve batted first, big game, and runs on the board,” the starter explained. “In terms of cricketing events, it’s the biggest.” We have to be cool… Captaining the squad in the final is a dream come true.”