From Maxwell to Sharma: 2023 Cricket World Cup team of the tournament
Rohit Sharma from India showed an impressive performance in the World Cup by scoring 597 runs with an average of 54.27. His record includes one century and three fifties with a strike-rate of 125. He even managed to score his highest score of 131. Sharma transformed himself as a top-order berserker and hit a remarkable 31 sixes, the highest among all players. Although he was left emotional at the end, it is unlikely for him to win a 50-over World Cup, but without a doubt, he will be remembered as one of the greatest ODI players.
Quinton de Kock, who played for South Africa, had a great performance in the ODI cricket. He scored 594 runs with an average of 59.4 runs, which included four centuries. His highest score was 174, and his strike rate was 107. Additionally, he caught 19 balls and stumped one. It was an impressive farewell for De Kock, and he set a record for being the wicketkeeper-batter with the most runs in the men's World Cup. Travis Head wasn't able to make it to the team because of De Kock's outstanding performance. This was in line with the predictions of this correspondent before the competition.
Rachin Ravindra from New Zealand has scored an impressive 578 runs with an average of 64.22. He has achieved three centuries and two fifties with a strike rate of 106, his highest score being 123*. Although the rumor about his name being a combination of Sachin and Rahul is false, his talent on the field is undeniable. At 24 years old, he has already shown himself to be a promising player and may even attract attention at the next IPL auction. He scored his three centuries with ease, leaving no doubt that he has superstar potential. It's truly remarkable.
In the world of cricket, Virat Kohli from India has emerged as a shining star. He has scored a whopping 765 runs at an impressive average of 95.6. Not just that, Kohli has also hit three centuries and six fifties, with a striking rate of 90.31. His highest score has been 117. In a world where T20 cricket is becoming popular, Kohli has become a favorite among technical players. He has even surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI centuries. We must cherish every moment of his success, which Kohli himself seems to acknowledge as he took his time to leave the crease in the final moments.
Daryl Mitchell from New Zealand had an impressive performance in the cricket tournament. He scored a total of 552 runs with an average of 69.0, which included two centuries and two fifties. His strike rate was 111 and his highest score was 134. Mitchell made history by being the only player to hit a century against the strong Indian team twice. Although unfortunate, his efforts fell short in the semi-finals because he lacked support and energy to continue his climb towards victory. However, he still managed to hit some impressive straight sixes, with one being the biggest of the entire tournament, measuring 107 metres in length. These moments were definitely ones to remember.
Glenn Maxwell, an Australian cricket player, has made a great achievement in the game. He scored 400 runs at an impressive average of 66.6, hitting two centuries and having a strike rate of 150.37. His highest score was 201* and he also took 6 wickets with an average of 55 and an economy rate of 4.81, with his best bowling figures being 2-34. What really put him on this list was his amazing performance in Mumbai where he smashed a 201 not out despite being cramp-riddled. This performance proved he is truly remarkable, especially after overcoming his golf cart incident. In addition to his impressive batting, Maxwell's off-breaks were also valuable to the team, especially due to their tight economy rates. As the team's captain only had one frontline spinner, Maxwell's off-breaks were like gold dust and helped to remove Sharma in the final, solidifying his key intervention in the game.
In terms of stats, Ravindra Jadeja from India has taken 16 wickets at an average of 24.87. His economy is at 4.25 with his best bowling being 5-33. Keshav Maharaj, another left-arm bowler from South Africa, has records that are almost identical to him. However, Jadeja is a better fielder and his ability to prevent the opposition batsmen from making a huge score gives him an added advantage. This was evident when he helped India beat New Zealand in Dharamsala. His economical bowling was also a crucial part of India's success.
Pat Cummins from Australia has performed exceptionally well in the cricket tournament, where he has taken 15 wickets with an average of 34 and an economy rate of 5.75. It was going to be a tough decision to choose between South Africa's Gerald Coetzee or left-arm Dilshan Madushanka or Mitchell Starc. However, Cummins came out on top after his amazing display of captaincy, especially when he took the crucial wicket of Kohli. He has been a true champion and a great leader throughout the tournament.
Adam Zampa, a cricketer from Australia, has done impressively well in the subcontinental World Cup despite being the only full-time spinner. At first, he looked vulnerable, but he managed to achieve the same number of wickets as Muttiah Muralitharan in the men's tournament, which was 23. He managed to get wickets in groups, which is remarkable. His bowling was terrific in Ahmedabad since he only gave one boundary in 20 overs, which shows that he gave Cummins tremendous control.
Jasprit Bumrah from India was a force to be reckoned with during their impressive journey to the final of the tournament. With 20 wickets taken at an average of 18.65 and an economy rate of 4.06, Bumrah's unique, whip-like bowling style posed multiple challenges for their opponents. The way he delivered those sharp, unpredictable pitches from an angle beyond the norm was truly thrilling to watch. It's also pretty impressive that Bumrah manages to maintain a smile on his face even as he intimidates the opposition.
Mohammed Shami, from India, made an unexpected start by not being in the team at first. However, he ended up achieving unbelievable statistics. His skills were clearly demonstrated during the semi-final against New Zealand. Shami appeared strong and confident, despite letting go of a potential catch from Kane Williamson. Nonetheless, he overcame this setback and recorded the best bowling performance in a men's World Cup knockout match.