In this year’s Cricket World Cup, we’ve witnessed some remarkable records and extraordinary feats that have added an extra layer of excitement to the game. Let’s break down these incredible statistics in a way that anyone can appreciate:
- 350-Plus Totals Galore: This World Cup has seen an astonishing eight 350-plus totals in the first 29 games, a record for any men’s One Day International (ODI) series or tournament. It surpasses the previous record of seven such totals in the 2015 World Cup.
- South Africa’s Record-Breaking Score: South Africa achieved a historic feat by setting a new record for the highest total in a men’s ODI World Cup. They scored a magnificent 428 for 5 against Sri Lanka in Delhi, surpassing Australia’s previous record of 417 for 6 against Afghanistan in 2015. There were a couple of near misses as well, with South Africa and Australia both coming close to the 400-run mark.
- Record Aggregate Runs: The match between Australia and New Zealand in Dharamsala witnessed a whopping 771 runs, setting a new record for the highest aggregate runs in a men’s ODI World Cup game. This record was broken twice in 2023.
- Pakistan’s Historic Chase: Pakistan made history by successfully chasing down a target of 345 against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad. This remarkable feat now stands as the highest successful chase in the men’s ODI World Cup, a record that had been held by Ireland with their 328-run chase against England in 2011.
- Australia’s Massive Victory Margin: Australia secured a historic victory by defeating Netherlands in Delhi with a massive margin of 309 runs. This is the first time a team has won a men’s ODI World Cup game by a margin exceeding 300 runs, and it ranks as the second-largest win in men’s ODIs.
- Fastest Centuries: The 2023 World Cup has witnessed some of the fastest centuries in ODI history. Kevin O’Brien’s record for the fastest century in a men’s ODI World Cup was broken twice in this edition, first by Aiden Markram and then by Glenn Maxwell.
- Bas de Leede’s Record Runs Conceded: Bas de Leede conceded 115 runs in ten overs against Australia, marking the most runs conceded by a bowler in a men’s ODI innings. This record surpasses the previous high of 113 runs conceded by two Australians, Mick Lewis in 2006 and Adam Zampa in 2023, both against South Africa.
- South Africa’s Triple Century: South Africa became the first team to have three centurions in a single World Cup game, a feat achieved against Sri Lanka with Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram all scoring centuries. Such an occurrence had only happened three times before in men’s ODI history, two of which were also by South Africa.
- Maxwell’s Late-Came Heroics: Glenn Maxwell made history by becoming the first batsman to score a century in men’s ODIs while coming in to bat after the 39th over. He scored a phenomenal 40-ball hundred against Netherlands, shattering the previous record.
- De Kock’s Wicketkeeper Record: Quinton de Kock’s incredible score of 174 against Bangladesh in Mumbai marked the first 150-plus score by a wicketkeeper in a men’s ODI World Cup match. The previous record was 149 by Adam Gilchrist in the 2007 final.
These records and achievements have made the 2023 Cricket World Cup an unforgettable event for cricket enthusiasts around the world.”