Coming into this tournament, the expectations weren’t the most from Australia, who were grouped in the Group of Death, consisting of South Africa, England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. However, Australia aced the challenge, qualifying to the knock-out stage of the competition before carrying through their golden run.
Australian batter Steve Smith hailed the T20 World Cup win as immense for the team and hailed Warner’s efforts in the last two weeks with the bat.
“It means a lot. We have worked hard for a long time and it is honour to be here with the boys and take the trophy home. Warner's last two weeks have been amazing. A lot of people were writing him off. He came in with exceptional intent and took the game away at the start,” Smith said.
Zampa, who was one of the best players for Australia, consistently picking up the wickets, stated that he just stuck by his strength. He also hailed Aaron Finch’s ability to winning the toss, which helped him grip the ball better.
“I just tried to bowl to my strength, to the best of my abilities. I knew the wickets are going to be slow. I bowled in some good times, we won tosses and bowled with a dry ball. Tried to get wickets and tried to defend when needed. Lot of credit to them (support staff). Preparation from their side has been great. This is their win as well,” Zampa said.
Glenn Maxwell insisted that it was a great feeling for him to hit the winning runs. Maxwell also hailed Zampa’s efforts, stating that it was an incredible pleasure for him to watch the leg-spinner grow into the superstar.
“It was perfect, I was fresh and hitting the ball really well. It was nice to be out there to hit the winning runs. Zampa has been a superstar in this format and ODIs and I had the pleasure of watching him grow into the player he is. To watch him bring all his talent into the international stage has been a pleasure. He's also fielding well, and in the last three years as a legspinner, there haven't been many better in the world,” said Maxwell.
Josh Hazlewood, who walked into the tournament with an IPL title against his name, stated that it was tough work in the powerplay but insisted that the powerplay bowling pulled the game in Australia’s favour.
“There's always pressure, the batters come at you from ball 1 and we kept the powerplay to 40ish runs, so a good effort there. I got away towards the end. Exceptional chase from our guys. Kane is a superb players, has been for a long time, it was a classical Kane innings. He scored all around, and hurt us when we bowled poorly,” Hazlewood said.