India had to lose in the finals of the 2023 ODI World Cup after winning ten straight games. It was a heartbreak for the players and the fans. While India needs to be appreciated for its show in the World Cup, there are some things that could have been done better in the finals. Here, we take a look at three bold decisions that could have helped India win the final of the 2023 ODI World Cup.
1) Replacing Mohammed Siraj with R Ashwin
Until the last minute, it appeared that there was a toss-up between R Ashwin and Siraj on who will play in the finals. However, it was Siraj who got into the XI ahead of the experienced spinner.
With Siraj getting introduced after the 15th over, India effectively removed him from the game. Ashwin would have been ideal on the wicket, with the dew not having a heavy impact. Also, the batting depth could have also helped India in the game.
2) One of the batters going hard after the 25th over
One of the batters going hard after the 25th over is one of the bold decisions that could have helped India win the final of the 2023 ODI World Cup. India were too defensive after Shreyas Iyer got out. It was rightly so, considering the form of the batters below.
However, one of the batters could have taken calculated risks after the 25th over. This would have kept the pressure on the Aussies and would have increased the run-scoring rate, as well. Even the management might spot this as one of the areas to improve.
3) More attacking field after Australia were 3 down
After Australia lost three wickets, they were under pressure. Travis Head was struggling and Marnus Labuschagne was pretty new.
India could have gone with two slips and even some close-in fielders. This would have been a risk but an opportunity would have been created. Maybe, Rohit Sharma and co. could have tried this after the brilliant start with the ball.