The aftermath of the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 final between Australia and India continues to stir discussions and debates among former cricketers and experts. In response to former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif’s comment that the Indian team is the “best team on paper,” Australian opener David Warner took to Twitter to share his perspective.
Warner countered Kaif’s statement by emphasizing the significance of performance on the field, especially in crucial matches like the World Cup final. In a tweet, he said, “I like MK, the issue is it does not matter what’s on paper. At the end of the day you need to perform when it matters. That’s why they call it a final. That’s the day that counts and it can go either way, that’s sports. 2027 here we come 👍”
Warner’s remarks underline the common sentiment in sports that the true test of a team’s strength and capabilities is on the field, especially during high-stakes matches like a World Cup final.
The Australian opener shared commentator Glenn Mitchell’s tweet, which echoed a similar sentiment. Mitchell stated, “I think someone needs to remind former Indian batter, Mohammad Kaif that World Cup finals are won on a cricket field and not on paper.”
Kaif had expressed his viewpoint on Star Sports, stating, “I can never accept that the best team has won the world cup. The Indian team is the best team on paper.”
The exchange between Warner and Kaif is part of the larger post-match analysis and discussions surrounding the World Cup final. Various cricketing legends and experts, including Ricky Ponting, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Shahid Afridi, Wasim Akram, Sunil Gavaskar, Gautam Gambhir, and others, have shared their insights and observations on the factors that influenced the outcome of the final.
Ponting, for instance, highlighted India’s pitch preparation as a factor that backfired in the sub-continental conditions, leading to a challenging situation for the team.
As discussions continue, the reactions and opinions from cricketers provide fans with different perspectives on the dynamics of the World Cup final and the performance of both teams.