The captain of the Australian cricket team, Pat Cummins, said captaining Australia to World Cup title glory was the "pinnacle in cricket" after his side dashed the dreams of tournament hosts India with a six-wicket win in Ahmedabad on Sunday. The final was a personal victory for Cummins, whose decision to field first was vindicated as India became the only previously unbeaten team at the tournament after a run of 10 straight wins was held to a modest 240 all-out. He said, "That's huge; that's the pinnacle in cricket, winning a World Cup, especially here in India, in front of a crowd like this.”
It has been a personal and professional rollercoaster for Cummins in 2023. In March, Cummins returned home from a tour of India to be with his mother, Maria, before she died.
Pat said, "I've obviously had a really big year. I know my family at home is watching. I just got a message from dad saying he's had a lot of 4:00 am wake-ups and is not going to bed until 4:00 am, so he's as pumped as anything.
He further added that "you sacrifice a lot to play for Australia, and everyone in the team has, and we've spent a lot of this year away, but we do it for these moments.