It’s said that the tournament finals are the real test of a player as only a few are able to cope with the immense pressure of the big stages. While most falter while taking on the opposition at the grandest stage of all, there are a few who manage to surmount every challenge that the opposition throws at them at the biggest stage.
Over the years, in the rich cricketing history, several players have etched their names in the record books by standing up for their side on the big stages. However, there has only been one batter in the history of cricket to score two hundreds in men’s ICC tournament finals.
Travis Head shines at the big stage
The batter is none other than Australia’s Travis Head who has been enjoying a great run of form since 2022. The southpaw became the first batter to score a century in the World Test Championship final as he played a scintillating innings of 163 (174) against India in the second-ever final of the cricket’s oldest format.
His innings was laced with 25 fours and a six as he also registered the highest score in the WTC final. The 29-year-old was awarded Player of the Match for his sensational innings as Australia emerged victorious by 209 runs won the final.
Head’s hunger for big occasions was once again seen during the final of the ODI World Cup 2023 where he played another scintillating innings of 137 (120) smashing 15 fours and four sixes. The opening batter was seen struggling during the early stage of his innings as he was being constantly beaten and was on 10 (23).
However, he came out of his struggle to play one of the greatest knocks ever in a World Cup final and helped Australia clinch their sixth World Cup title. Head smacked 15 fours and four sixes in his innings and was deservedly awarded Player of the Match for his innings. As a result, the Adelaide-born cricketer helped his team clinch their second major title of the year and continued his golden run with the bat.