New Delhi. New Zealand and Australia played the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on Sunday. Chasing 173 runs, half-centuries from Mitchell Marsh and David Warner helped Australia meet the target of winning their maiden T20 World Cup title. During the final match, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar met his old friend and on-field rival Sourav Ganguly, who is now the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Shoaib Akhtar, popularly known as ‘Rawalpindi Express’, posted a picture from his official Twitter handle. Sourav Ganguly and Shoaib Akhtar are seen together in this picture. Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin is also seen in this picture.
Sharing this picture, Akhtar captioned, ‘It was lovely to meet an old friend and on-ground rival. And of course BCCI President Sourav Ganguly. Also the legendary Azharuddin in the picture. While both the players have shared many exciting moments on the field, they are good friends off the field as well. Similarly, many cricketers (former and present) of India and Pakistan are known to share good relations off the field.
Talking about the match, Mitchell Marsh and David Warner fast bowler Josh Hazlewood also performed brilliantly. With this, Australia ended their 14-year-old wait for the ICC T20 World Cup title. Earlier in the game, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson took the lead with the bat. He scored a brilliant 85 to take the Kiwis to 172/4, which was a decent score on the score board. However, his efforts went in vain as Australia chased down the target with eight wickets to spare.
Mitchell Marsh scored an unbeaten 77 while David Warner also scored 53 runs. After the incredible win, Australia captain Aaron Finch said winning his maiden T20 World Cup title was a “wonderful” feeling. He also said that winning the title is a great moment for Australian cricket. He said, ‘Yeah, that’s amazing. It really is. I think there’s been a lot of talk about it being elusive for Australia. If we’re being honest with ourselves, we might have underperformed in the past.