The pitch on which the final match of the ODI World Cup 2023 was played was not a world class pitch. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given it an average rating. ICC has given average rating to the pitches of a total of 6 matches. India played 5 of these matches.
The pitch of India's two matches played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad has received an average rating. One of these was played against Pakistan on 14 October, in which India won by 7 wickets.
The second match was played in the final on 19 November, in which India had to face defeat from Australia. In this match, Australia won the toss and chose to field first. While batting, India scored 240 runs in 50 overs after losing all the wickets. Openers Shubhman Gill, Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav could not do anything special in this match. Captain Rohit Sharma scored 47 runs, Kohli scored 54 runs and KL Rahul scored 66 runs.
While chasing the target of 241 runs, Australia achieved the target at the loss of 4 wickets. Opener Travis Head played an inning of 137 runs in 120 balls. Whereas Marnus Labuschagne played an unbeaten inning of 58 runs on 110 balls. Before the final, many former Australian cricketers had raised questions regarding this pitch. In the press conference a day before the final, the Australian captain had described this pitch as better.
ICC has considered the pitches of the two matches played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata as average. One of these matches was played between India and South Africa on 5 November. India won this match by 243 runs. The second match was the semi-final played between Australia and South Africa. Australia defeated South Africa by 3 wickets.
ICC has also described the pitches of the matches played by India in Lucknow and Chennai as average. India defeated Australia by 6 wickets in the league match played at MA Chidambaram Stadium. In the match played at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, India defeated England by 100 runs.
The ICC has given a clean chit to the pitch of the first semi-final match played between India and New Zealand on November 15 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The international media had raised many questions regarding this pitch. International media had accused BCCI and Team India of changing the pitch. However, ICC had clarified that the pitch on which the semi-final match between India and New Zealand was played was already decided. India won this match by 70 runs.