The Australian cricket squad were inspired to World Cup glory by a Simon and Garfunkel song, it has been revealed.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Pat Cummins's side's six-wicket triumph complete India successful Ahmedabad tin beryllium explained by 2 cardinal components of their mentation for nan stunning triumph successful India.
First, coach Andrew McDonald and Cummins tasked nan squad analysts to devise a compelling statement that would person nan brace not to vessel first should they triumph nan toss. The stats whizzes were incapable to shape a persuasive capable argument.
Second, nan Aussies listened to nan calming Simon and Garfunkel opus The Sound of Silence to thief hem hole to look nan 130,000 vociferous Indian fans that awaited them.
'Sound of Silence was a mini portion of a squad gathering presentation,' a squad spokesperson confirmed connected Tuesday.
Australia were inspired by a 1960s popular opus up of their World Cup triumph
Captain Pat Cummins and coach Andrew McDonald knew really to motivate their players
One verse goes: 'And successful nan naked ray I saw 10,000 people, possibly more, group talking without speaking, group proceeding without listening, group penning songs that voices ne'er share, nary 1 dared, disturb nan sound of silence.'
Australia succeeded successful silencing nan Indian crowd. The first rustle came erstwhile Travis Head took a stunning drawback to disregard Rohit Sharma, earlier nan batter took to nan crease and snashed 137 runs to lead his broadside to victory.
'You knew you were stepping into thing beautiful special,' Cummins said aft nan game. 'And past to locomotion retired for nan flip and conscionable spot 130,000 bluish Indian shirts; it's an acquisition you'll ne'er forget..
The squad listened to 'The Sound of Silence' by Simon and Garfunkel connected nan eve of nan final
'[It was an] awesome day, and nan bully point was they weren't excessively noisy for astir of it.'
The men's cricket squad aren't nan only Australian nationalist squad to beryllium inspired by a popular opus during a World Cup campaign.
Earlier this year, nan Matildas - Australia's women's shot squad - utilized Nikki Webster's Strawberry Kisses arsenic their anthem during their campaign. Sam Kerr's broadside reached nan semi finals.