How did staying underrated help the Australian team to lift the T20 World Cup title?


Who would have thought when T20 World Cup started that at the end we will be witnessing the Trans-Tasman final and Australia will emerge as the winner. Let’s admit this many cricket pundits never gave any chance to Australia in this ongoing marquee event but the team led by Aaron Finch proved everyone wrong by defeating Black Caps by eight wickets and achieving one more feather in their world cup glory.

It is true that Australia becomes a different team all together when it comes to ICC tournaments as any final that they have played in World Cup at the previous occasion they always have held their nerve and applied themselves brilliantly and emerge as the winner.

Australia before heading to this World Cup lost five bilateral series in a row but still, they managed to defeat everyone on a big occasion when it mattered the most. People might say that New Zealand is the unluckiest team in the world but one can’t argue that this Black Caps side led by classy Kane Williamson is the best New Zealand side who has ever played this game of cricket as they have successfully managed to reach either final or semifinal of World Cups and don’t forget they are current World Test Champions.

The question arises a team like Australia who was underrated and not declared as favorites how did this help them to lift the title. Let us ponder the reasons in detail.

  1. The Australian team has the perfect balance in their squad be it, David Warner, at the top, Maxwell and Stonis in the middle or the likes of Zampa, Starc, Hazelwood, and Cummins in the bowling department.
  2. They are led by a leader who has backed them when they were going through tough form be it, Warner, Marsh everyone who they thought were match-winners was backed by Finch as he knew that they would deliver when the time comes and that exactly happened.
  3. Adam Zampa with his leg-spin in middle over provided the crucial breakthrough to Australia and was complemented by Starc, Hazelwood, and Cummins.
  4. The criticism that players like Warner, Marsh had when the tournament started gave them extra motivation to go out there and perform to the best of their ability.
  5. There was no pressure on them whatsoever to lift the title and that really helped them to secretly plan their tactics and focus on playing good cricket rather than getting worried unnecessarily.