Pat Cummins led Australia booked their berth after they finished top of the WTC 2021-23 cycle standings following the solitary win in India earlier this year when Rohit Sharma’s men also sealed their final spot thanks to a 2-1 series win.
In the series earlier this year, spin dominated proceedings, but the WTC title showdown is expected to produce an even contest for all involved, the spinners and pacers, but may be challenging for batters.
Just three months after the high-intense Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023, which featured a four-match series, the two sides are set to clash in a neutral venue in the form of The Oval. During the match, several players, including Virat Kohli and Cummins can reach milestones.
As the two sides prepare for the marquee clash, we take a look at players that could break records or reach milestones during the India vs Australia WTC Final 2023:
Players Approaching Milestones in WTC Final 2023 India vs Australia
► Virat Kohli (India) is 88 runs away from becoming the fifth highest run-scorer for India in Tests. The star India batter is 21 runs away from completing 2000 runs in Tests vs Australia.
The former India captain is also 55 runs away from completing 5000 runs across formats versus Australia. He has scored a total of 16 hundreds (8 ODI hundreds and 8 Test hundreds) vs the Aussies.
► Current skipper Rohit Sharma (India) will be making his 50th appearance in Test cricket.
► Ajinkya Rahane (India) is one catch away from completing 100 catches in Tests and is also 69 runs away from completing 5000 runs in the longest format for India.
► Steve Smith (Australia) is 208 runs away from completing 9000 runs in Test cricket. The former Australia captain will become the 17th player to reach the milestone and the fourth Aussie to achieve the feat.
► Pat Cummins (Australia) needs 4 wickets to complete 50 wickets vs India, while his new-ball partner Mitchell Starc (Australia) is 6 wickets away from achieving the same feat.