IND vs AUS, World Cup 2023 Final: Mitchell Starc Wearing Black Band In WC Final Against India
IND vs AUS, World Cup 2023 Final: Australian pacer Mitchell Starc is appearing in his second World Cup Final, this time against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. Starc was seen weaning a black armband on his right arm as he stepped up to deliver the opening ball in the monumental clash.
In a poignant tribute, the black band, bearing the initials PH, served as a heartfelt remembrance for the late Phil Hughes. Former Australian batter Hughes met a tragic end in 2014, struck in the neck by a bouncer during a game for New South Wales.
Despite immediate medical attention, Hughes passed away, prompting significant changes in cricket safety protocols, including the introduction of enhanced helmets and neck guards.
Australian speedster, Starc, a close friend and teammate of Hughes, along with other members of the Australian team, has consistently carried the cricketer’s memory.
This subtle tribute took centre stage as Starc responded to his skipper’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss. In a tense start, Starc, known for his fiery left-arm pace, made an impact by claiming the first wicket of the final in the form of Shubman Gill.
Despite Australia’s initial struggles in the group stages, Starc showcased the form that has established him as one of the world’s most formidable bowlers across all formats. His pivotal contributions included the dismissal of the well-set KL Rahul, who scored a commendable 66 before succumbing to Starc’s outswinging delivery, caught by wicketkeeper Inglis.
Starc later took the wicket of Mohammed Shami to claim his third scalp of the match. He has taken 16 wickets in the tournament so far.
Australia’s decision to field first, backed by Pat Cummins’ stellar performance, proved decisive as they successfully contained the Indian innings to a below-par total.
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