2003 World Cup winning Australian team and where are they now
Published - Dec 5, 2016 2:13 pm | Updated - Dec 5, 2016 2:13 pm
Australia possessed the dream team, the team that was called the ‘Invincibles’ back at the time of 2003 World Cup, and coming into the competition, they were the most serious contenders for the title and they were there to defend their title. Having won 5 World Cups, most by any cricket playing nation, the Australian team ruled the cricketing arena for a decade starting from 1998-99, winning three World Cups in that stretch of time, i.e. in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
And among these 3 triumphs, the team of Invincibles was at their absolute prime in their career, playing the dream cricket coming together as a team, and this made the team of 2003 World Cup different from any other. In the decade when Australia reigned international cricket, they went on to win 21 consecutive matches in the World Cups.
In winning the three consecutive World Cups, Australia had respectively defeated 3 Asian giants in the process, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. At that time, they just did not win matches, they bulldozed over their opponents. Since then, 13 long years have gone by, with almost all the baggy greens from that squad going into retirement. Let’s take a look at the Australian squad from the World Cup 2003:
1. Adam Gilchrist:
Adam Gilchrist was an integral part of the Australian team in 2003, scoring 408 runs in the tournament at an average of 40.80 and strike rate of 105. In the final against India, he scores a 48-ball 57 in a century partnership with Matthew Hayden, to drop a hint of the onslaught that was to come.
But his most memorable moment in the World Cup was his ‘Walk’ in the semi-finals against Sri Lanka when he returned to the pavilion despite being declared not out by the umpire, which still exemplified as a show of sportsmanship. He continued with the Australian team after the World Cup going on to win the Man of the Match in the 2007 World Cup finals against Sri Lanka, after he scored a 143 off 104 balls, eclipsing his captain Ricky Ponting’s record of highest score in a World Cup final by 3 runs.
Gilly retired from international cricket in 2008 after the India series but continued playing in the IPL and some other leagues. He was recently named the Australian ambassador to strengthen educational ties with India.