Australia lost 35 wickets in front of India to score a mammoth score of 359 runs. India's pace attack, in which Zaheer Khan, Srinath and Ashish Nehra all scored a total of 211 runs.
For former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath, the 2003 World Cup final in Johannesburg could have been the absolute best performance for his career. After taking India to the finals with Australia, Srinath could write the perfect final chapter of his 13-year long career. But instead this dream remained incomplete as Australia defeated India by 125 runs in the final.
Australia lost 35 wickets in front of India to score a mammoth score of 359 runs. India's pace attack, in which Zaheer Khan, Srinath and Ashish Nehra all scored a total of 211 runs. Srinath got 87 runs in his 10 overs where he did not get a single wicket. In such a situation, this match could have proved to be the best chance for Srinath to end his career.
Srinath said that his team would have won the 2003 World Cup but the team was playing against the best team in the world. That team was dangerous and we could not even reach close to it. We lost the final and I could not do anything. If we had won that final, my career would have got a feather. But if you think that you will get everything in life then it is not possible.
After the match, we talked to each other, should we bat first? But those are some such things that you miss only after the match or which you think only after the match. The same team had won the World Cup earlier also. In such a situation, we needed to perform twice better than our capacity in that match.