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Here’s How Australia Managed to Win the 2021 T20 World Cup

The scenes at the end of the tournament with Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell down on their knees in tears celebrating Australia’s maiden men’s T20 World Cup was as unexpected as the eventual winners of the 2021 T20 World Cup itself. Australians have won multiple World Cups but we’ve always seen a told-you-so attitude with the past teams. They start the tournament as favourites and just rock up and deliver on the final day. This time was different and refreshing as we saw an Australian team overcome adversity and display their emotions publicly that made them feel as human as the guy on the street.

This is a team that came into the World Cup on the back of five consecutive T20I series losses since the resumption of cricket back in 2020. Not even die-hard Australian fans were giving them a chance let alone a cricket expert. So how did they manage to do what seemed impossible at the beginning? Let’s find out.

 

FINCH GETS 7 OUT OFF 8 TOSSES RIGHT

It became clear in this World Cup that you needed plenty of luck with the toss if you are to be successful ahead in the competition. This is where Aaron Finch’s luck stands out. Just for his right calls on the toss, he should be a contender for the player of the tournament award. Finch had a poor campaign with the bat but he got it spot on at the toss. He won seven out of eight tosses and those are the instances when Australia went on to win their games.

Batting second was an advantage throughout this competition, as the pitches got better in the second half of the match and the ball started to come onto the bat better. Then there was an issue of the dew as well for the team bowling second to deal with. Overall, Finch’s luck at the toss had a big say on Australia lifting their maiden men’s T20 World Cup title.

 

DON’T WRITE OFF DAVID WARNER YET

Just a month before, David Warner was asked by his Indian T20 League franchise to stay back in the hotel and watch the game. He was horrendously out of form and given his age, people had serious doubts about his position in the Australian T20I team. He didn’t do himself any favours in the two practice games as he barely got a run.

This is where the captain and the coaching staff come in. They knew Warner needed just an innings or so to get himself going again and we usually see the best of him when his back is against the wall. Once he got that innings against Sri Lanka, there was no stopping him. The last two innings proved to be so crucial that he ended the tournament as the winner of the Player of the Tournament award.

 

ALL OF AUSTRALIA LOVES MITCH MARSH NOW

Back in 2019, Mitchell Marsh in a press conference mentioned that most of Australia hate him as he hasn’t been able to nail his spot in his team. The clutch line was his ending one. He said hopefully he’ll be able to win them over. Cut to 2021, and no better to win over your country’s supporters than to play a match-winning innings in the final of a World Cup.

‘Bison’ as his dear colleagues call him was in the form of his life going into the tournament. He was given the job to bat at number three for Australia and he didn’t look back. It was that sort of an inspired move that helped them lift the trophy.

 

WADE AND STONIS ARE A PARTNERSHIP TO SAVOUR

There was a lack of power-hitting in the middle order of the Australian batting line-up and the two men who made sure that they took on the responsibility of finishing games for Australia were Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis. Both usually play in the top order of their Big Bash teams, but for the national team, they were required to do the tough job of batting at number seven and six, respectively.

Their dynamic partnership started in Australia’s first game of the tournament against South Africa where they helped get their team across the finish line. The most influential partnership was saved for the semi-final against Pakistan. When most Aussie fans would have shut their televisions given the situation of the game, Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis had other plans. They combined for a stellar partnership in a crucial game and booked a spot in the final for their team.

 

ZAMPA AND HAZLEWOOD ARE MATCH-WINNERS

Australians are usually strong with the ball and the beauty about their bowlers is that you hardly notice them. That’s exactly what their two stars of the tournament, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood, did. They go about their business so smoothly that you don’t see them put a foot wrong. In the final against New Zealand, their combined figures of 8-0-42-4 will indicate how much of an impact they had on the game.

Even though David Warner won the Player of the Tournament award and Mitch Marsh won the Player of the Match award, these recognitions could have easily gone to Zampa and Hazlewood, such was the greatness of their performances.

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