India and Australia will face each other in the finals of the 2023 ODI World Cup. The last time these two sides met in the final was in 2003. The Aussies defeated India back then. On that note, here, we take a look at the Australia playing XI that beat India in the 2003 ODI World Cup final.
Openers: Adam Gilchrist (WK) and Matthew Hayden
Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden were the openers in the Australia playing XI that beat India in the 2003 ODI World Cup final. The wicket-keeper has explored multiple roles after retirement. While he has been constant as a commentator, he has done a lot of charity work, written his biography and also acted.
On the other hand, Hayden has taken the mainstream options after retirement. He was with the Pakistan Team as the Mentor for the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Middle-Order: Ricky Ponting (C), Damien Martyn, Darren Lehmann and Michael Bevan
Ponting is the Head Coach of Delhi Capitals. He has some other assignments as a coach and is also a popular commentator. Damien Martyn also does commentary at times but is not as popular as his skipper from that day.
Darren Lehmann was the coach of the Australian Team but had to give up after the sandpaper controversy. He is not that very active right now. One of the greatest finishers in the game, not much is known about Bevan’s exact interests right now.
All-Rounders: Andrew Symonds
Andrew Symonds was the all-rounder in the Australia playing XI that beat India in the 2003 ODI World Cup final. A few months ago, tragically, Symonds passed away in a road accident.
A brilliant all-rounder, Symonds did not get a chance to bat but bowled two overs in that game. His contribution will forever be etched in history.
Bowlers: Brad Hogg, Andy Bichel, Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath
Brad Hogg and Andy Bichel both have had some coaching assignments in the recent past. However, they have not been exactly successful at it.
Brett Lee is more into the media industry now, as a commentator and a broadcaster. McGrath, like Gilly, has gotten himself involved in a lot of charity work.