When Australia got lucky

Australian captain Aaron Finch won six of his seven tosses in the 2021 T20 World Cup and Australia ended up winning all those matches.

A massive advantage

Such was the time of the year during the 2021 T20 World Cup held in the UAE that winning the toss became a big factor. The ball gripped the surface in the first innings, but by the time the second batting innings started, with heavy do setting in, the ball started coming onto the bat quite nicely.

Consequently, the team winning the toss – and most opted to chase – had a massive advantage over the one who had to bat first.

Aaron Finch had the rub of the green going his way throughout the competition as he won six of the seven tosses in the tournament, including in the semi-final against Pakistan and the final against New Zealand.

That proved to be a massive advantage for the side.

A proud captain

This is what Australian captain Aaron Finch had to say after the team beat New Zealand by 8 wickets as they chased down the 173 run target with more than an over to spare in the final at the Dubai international cricket stadium and lifted their first ever T20 World Cup trophy.

“This is huge. To be the first Australian team to be able to do it. So proud. We knew our backs were against the wall. We had some great individual performances, some great team performances. Can’t believe people wrote him off saying he was done (Warner). That’s when he plays his best cricket. Was almost like poking the bear. The player of the tournament for me (Zampa). Mitch Marsh – what a way to start his innings today. Wade came into this game with an injury cloud but got a job done. Stoinis did the business.”


Finch later went on to say that the toss did play a big role in their victories in the semifinal and the final but the fearless nature of cricket that they played in both the matches had an equally important role to play.

Well, one cannot deny him that. But, destiny has its own way of doing things.

The only time that Australia lost a toss in the competition was against England which saw their only defeat in the competition, and that too, by a massive margin of 8 wickets.

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