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Pat Cummins’ captaincy swung the World Cup final in Australia’s favour: Suresh Raina

After the eagerly awaited cricket World Cup final between Australia and India, former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina gave a fair analysis of the World Cup. He pointed out important reasons for Australia’s win. Raina recognized the important part played by Pat Cummins’ captaincy, especially his smart move to bring in Glenn Maxwell to bowl, leading to the key dismissal of Rohit Sharma, supported by a great catch from Travis Head.

Raina commented on Australia’s performance in World Cup final

Suresh Raina noted that Australia’s performance stood out, especially in their fielding. He mentioned that their players, like Head, Warner, and Labuschagne, made agile plays that saved an estimated 30 to 40 runs. Raina also praised Cummins for his captaincy. He further highlighted how strategically he rotated bowlers to put pressure on India’s strong batting lineup.

Raina praised Travis Head’s important innings for Australia during their chase, especially when they were at 47 for three. He further commended Head’s positive and impactful batting, acknowledging that it changed the direction of the game in Australia’s favor. He observed that India struggled to sustain pressure with the bat, influenced by Australia’s smart use of short deliveries and diverse bowling strategies on a dry wicket, resulting in a below-par total of 241.

Looking back at the entire tournament, Raina praised the competitive and lively atmosphere of the World Cup. He pointed out Afghanistan and the Netherlands for their good performances. He also mentioned outstanding play from players such as Bas de Leede, Paul van Meekeren, Rachin Ravindra, and Mohammad Wasim.

From an Indian viewpoint, Raina recognized KL Rahul’s impressive performances. However, he singled out Mohammed Shami as the standout player of the tournament, praising his impactful bowling. Raina also praised Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, comparing it to the leadership style of MS Dhoni and highlighting the team’s cohesion and excellence.

Suresh Raina mentioned special moments; Virat’s 50th century

Even though India didn’t win the final, Raina stayed positive about the team’s future. He said they did well in different areas throughout the tournament. Raina mentioned special moments, like Virat Kohli making his 50th century in front of his idol, Sachin Tendulkar. Raina finished by saying he believes the Indian team can do well in future tournaments. He knows handling pressure, especially when playing at home, is something that takes time to learn.

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