Australia emerged victorious at the final of the ICC T-20 World Cup 2021 against New Zealand in Dubai. This was their maiden T-20 World Cup title win as they previously sealed five editions of the ODI World Cup. Australia had a dominating performance in the final and there are many key reasons attributed to their win.
Let’s find out the 5 reasons why Australia won the T-20 World Cup:
#Reason 1: The Return of David Warner
David Warner is the key factor in Australia’s victory at the T-20 World Cup. Captain Aaron Finch was suffering through a rough patch and it was necessary that an opener stayed at the crease and break the power play. Warner played his right role by getting hold of the new ball bowlers and smashing runs with a high strike rate.
Warner ended with 299 runs in the tournament and a valuable half-century in the final. Warner was believed to be out of form and was dropped in IPL. He proved his talent to the world with match-winning innings against West Indies to clinch a semifinal berth and against Pakistan to earn a ticket into the final.
#Reason 2: Mitchell Marsh – The Unpredictable Hero
Mitchell Marsh was the most unexpected hero for the Aussies at the knockouts stage. Finch and Langer believed in him to promote at No. 3 and the pinch-hitter did not disappoint his captain and coach. Suffering through injuries and inconsistencies, Marsh hadn’t sealed his spot until a scored a brutal fifty against West Indies.
He had truly reserved the best for the finals and he displayed a fine knock to emerge as the world cup winning hero. In the final, Marsh recorded the highest individual score of 77 runs of just 50 balls. A risky decision by the Aussies had truly produced fruitful results as Marsh stood the prominent reason for their victory.
#Reason 3: Adam Zampa-Josh Hazlewood Duo
The Zampa-Hazlewood duo produced the best results of the bowling department for the Australians at the T-20 World Cup. Though Australia believed in Cummins and Starc to strike, the frontline bowlers failed but were backed by a scintillating performance through their best T-20 bowlers Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood.
Zampa troubled the set batsmen with his unique variations in bowling and broke many partnerships to give Australia a competitive advantage. Josh had enough experience from IPL to bowl at varied paces on the dry and dusty pitches in UAE. Hazlewood produced numerous variations including quite a few slower ones to bag crucial wickets.
#Reason 4: The High Spirit
The Australians have strong willpower and they never give up on any situation. After losing their last five T-20 international bilateral series, Australia since managed to clinch the T-20 World Cup. This was a result of strong determination amongst the players and their abilities to believe in themselves. Just before the T-20 World Cup, Australia lost to underdogs Bangladesh by 4-1 and to West Indies by 3-1.
However, the camp did not let the failures overshadow their ability to earn victories. The management and coach Justin Langer continuously motivated the players to perform their best and not give up.
#Reason 5: Fresh Mindset
The freshness in the mindset of the players was also a decisive factor in Australia’s victory in the t20 World cup final. All the senior players were rested for the West Indies and Bangladesh series which helped them to come up with physical and mental preparedness to win the championship.
Unlike most of the Indian players who were isolated in bio-bubbles, Australia had a limited of them who were swung in at action in IPL. This truly resulted in a clear thought process amongst the team members and overall all-around performance by the players. This factor was truly distinct from all the other teams as all the players were busy playing their respective domestic leagues.
These were some crucial factors that resulted in the victory of Australia. The Matthew Wade show in the semifinal and the missed opportunities of Pakistan also helped Australia to reach the finals. The fortune of New Zealand is another factor as they lost three world cups finals in a row. Australia also has that final match experience as they also won in 2015.
However, in the end, it is the consolidating team effort that helps a team to grab victory in a Final. Australia put up an all-around show that helped them to win the pivotal match.