Australia secures record 6th WC title: Players’ reactions

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Travis Head put up an all-round show to hunt down Rohit Sharma’s Invincibles with a brilliant century as Australia clinch 6th World Cup title, break a billion hearts.

Heartbreak and agony for one is ecstasy for another. Australia Cricket Team has stunned 1,32,000 India fans at the world’s largest cricket stadium to lift a 6th World Cup title after a 6-wicket win over India on Sunday. With an all-round show, Travis Head hunted down Rohit Sharma’s Invincibles to end their 10-match winning streak.

In response to India’s 240-run total Australia chased down the target in 43 overs with 6 wickets in hand. India also lost to Australia in WTC Final earlier this year.

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Check players’ reactions:

David Warner: Our bowlers were fantastic and they set the tone from ball one. The fielding again supported that. Look, there was a bit of nervous energy in the dressing room, but fantastic partnership between Heady and Marnus.

Marnus Labuschagne: What we’ve achieved today is unbelievable. It’s the best achievement I’ve ever been part of. India have been the team of the tournament, but you knew if you play your best cricket, you have a chance. Our bowlers were sensational and Travis put on one hell of a display. The way everything has happened is unbelievable. I’m lost for words. Two months ago, I wasn’t even in the one-day team in South Africa.

Glenn Maxwell: It was a bit of a slog but it feels amazing. I sort of resigned to the fact that I wouldn’t have to bat but Heady got out but what a win! It’s a bit different when you’re watching Heady taking on Bumrah. Marnus soaked up the pressure and was outstanding. Heady with his ball-striking was second to none.

Josh Hazlewood: I think it’s bigger than 2015 World Cup victory. Great crowd, Indian fans are second to none. Tonight, we put it together when it counts.

Steve Smith: It’s incredible and yeah it was just a great performance. The bowlers set the tone and the fielding was great this evening. Took the game on and kept playing to our strengths. Wasn’t the ideal start for us, but we had the belief. Fortunately, we were able to do that and Australia typically plays well in those [big] moments. Big year for us, also winning the Test Championship.

Mitchell Starc: Pat Cummins was phenomenal and he has been phenomenal all tournament. It capped off an unbelievable eight weeks for this group. To win a World Cup in India…bloody successful and bloody enjoyable.

Travis Head: What an amazing day! Just thrilled to be a part of it. It’s a lot better than seeing the World Cup on the couch at home. I was a little bit nervous but Marnus played exceptionally well and soaked all the pressure. I felt the way Mitch [Marsh] took the game on setting the tone and that was the energy we wanted. It was a great decision to bowl first and the wicket got better as the game went on. It paid dividends and nice to play a role. Again, it is something I work hard on and nice to hold on and contribute in front of a full house.

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