Ahmedabad : As the much-anticipated clash between India and Australia approaches at the Narendra Modi Stadium, cricket enthusiasts are reminded of the historical battles between the two cricketing giants. This Sunday’s encounter marks a rematch of the 2003 World Cup final, a painful memory for Indian fans that still lingers.
The wounds inflicted by Australia, who clinched the title in that final, remain fresh even after 20 years. Team India, led by Dada ,Sourav Ganguly, suffered a crushing defeat, losing by 125 runs.
As Rohit Sharma leads the Indian team into this crucial match, fans hope for a different outcome compared to the painful defeat two decades ago. However, Australia’s consistent performance in knockout stages is a reminder that underestimating them would be a mistake, as they have demonstrated in numerous semi-final encounters.
Australia holds a clear historical dominance over India in World Cup encounters, winning eight out of 13 knockout and group stages. Three particular defeats stand out in the minds of Indian fans.
In the 1992 World Cup group stage, India faced a narrow one-run loss to Australia, with Azharuddin’s valiant effort falling short in the final over.
The 2003 World Cup final was another painful chapter, where India’s dream of lifting the trophy was shattered by Australia’s imposing total of 359 runs, resulting in a 125-run defeat.
The 2015 World Cup semi-final added to the agony as the reigning champions, India, led by MS Dhoni, fell short while chasing 329 runs, getting all out for 233 runs and exiting the tournament.