Mitchell Marsh, by winning the T20 World Cup for Australia, formed an elite club with his father and the former Australian batsman Geoff Marsh as they became the first-ever father-son duo to be involved in the title-winning cricket World Cup finals.
Geoff Marsh was a part of the Australian playing XI which had beaten England by 7 runs in the final of the ODI World Cup in 1987. The game was played in Eden Gardens, Kolkata, and Geoff Marsh had opened the batting for Australia. Although Marsh wasn’t able to contribute too much individually with the bat as he was dismissed for 24, Australia had got to a score past 250 and then had beaten the arch-rivals England in a thrilling contest.
It was the first time ever that the Australian time won a World Cup in limited-over format and it was the start of a wonderful run as from there Australia won 4 more ODI World Cups in 1999
Mitchell Marsh followed his father Geoff Marsh’s footsteps in style
Mitchell Marsh was not just involved in the game, he was actually the player of the game as well, as he caught the game by the scruff of the neck batting at no. 3 for Australia.
The very first ball Marsh faced off Adam Milne, he played an extraordinary pickup shot over square leg, which was was a statement of authority from the right-hander straight away. From there on, Marsh never looked back as he stood unbeaten and saw Australia over the line with a dominating knock of 77.
Till the time Mitchell Marsh was at the crease, not for a second did it seem as if Australia were falling behind the game. He was consistently finding boundaries against pace and spin with some sort of ease as Australia hunted the target down with fair few deliveries in hand.
Geoff-Mitchell Marsh are now the first father-son pair to feature in a title-winning World Cup final.
1987 featuring Geoff Marsh
Australia won their first Men's ODI World Cup by 7 runs
2021 featuring Mitch Marsh
Australia won their first Men's T20 World Cup by 7 balls remaining
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) November 14, 2021