Apart from facing the tournament's strongest team, India, in their prime form, Australia's biggest challenge in the World Cup 2023 final would be to handle the anticipated crowd of 130,000 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This colossal cricket stadium is expected to be packed to the brim on Sunday, reminiscent of the electrifying atmosphere witnessed during the group-stage match against Pakistan last month. Playing against India in such a setting is undeniably daunting.
Imagine, 130,000 passionate fans, predominantly dressed in blue, fervently cheering for every move of Virat Kohli or every step of Jasprit Bumrah. It's a nightmarish scenario for any opposing team, and when it's the World Cup final, the challenge becomes even more formidable.
Australia, however, is no stranger to such environments. They have played home matches against India, where the blue shirts have outnumbered the yellow ones. The stakes for Sunday's match, of course, will be significantly higher, with a far greater number of spectators than any other cricket stadium in the world. Nevertheless, Australia's captain, Pat Cummins, confidently stated that they are fully prepared to embrace this challenge.