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Kohli, Maxwell, Shami and Zampa the stars of 2023 Cricket World Cup

18 Nov 2023
Simon Lewis 18 Nov 2023
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  • Kohli and Shami lead this year's runs and wickets list after a brilliant campaign. 
  • Maxwell, Zampa and Starc have been Australia's most dynamic performers. 
  • India play Australia in the Cricket World Cup final on Sunday 19 November at 10.30 SAST.
Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli celebrates his century in the semi-final against New Zealand. (credit: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium

The newly built Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, is an appropriate venue Cricket World Cup final between India and Australia. The stadium seats more people than any other cricket stadium in the world, with a capacity of 132 000 people.

It was built on the same plot as the Sardar Patel Stadium (1982 to 2015) and was designed by an Australian firm of architects. It has replaced Australia’s MCG as the biggest cricket stadium in the world. 

So you win again

The 2023 final will be the 13th in the history of the Cricket World Cup. This will be Australia’s 8th appearance in the final, having won on five occasions (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015), losing in 1975 and 1996.

India and the West Indies are the next most successful sides, having both won the Cup twice and lost it the final once. India won the Cup in 1983, beating the West Indies who were in search of a hat-trick of wins. They lost to Australia in 2003 by 125 runs and then beat Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai by six wickets.

Most wins in World Cup history

Australia have played the most matches in the World Cup (104) and have claimed the most wins (77), for a win percentage of 75.24%.

India are the second most successful side in World Cup history, playing in 94 matches and winning 63 for a 68.27% win percentage.  

Score high, score low

Australia have the second-highest score in World Cup history, behind South Africa. The Aussies scored 417/6 against Afghanistan in 2015. India have the third-highest score, the 413/5 they posted against Bermuda in 2007. They also have the fifth-highest score, which they recorded in this year’s Cup - 410/4 against the Netherlands.

Australia hold the joint-second record for lowest score by an opponent, after bowling Namibia out for 45 in 2003. India are fourth on the list of lowest score by an opponent after bowling Sri Lanka out for 55 in this year’s World Cup.

Biggest margin of victory

The two sides dominate the greatest win margin, both sides holding two spots in the list of top five win margins. The biggest winning margin was achieved by Australia this year when they beat the Netherlands by 309 runs. Eight days later India slotted into second place on the list with their 302-run win over Sri Lanka.  

Most runs, biggest runs

Three India batters are in the list of top five batters in terms of career runs in the World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar is in top spot with 2 278 runs (ave 56.95), followed by Australia’s Ricky Ponting (1 743 at 45.86). Two runs behind Ponting is India’s Virat Kohli on 1 741 runs (ave 60.03), while Rohit Sharma is in fifth place with 1 528 runs (ave 61.12), just four runs behind fourth-placed Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka).

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell is third on the list of highest individual scores after his sensational 201* against Afghanistan this year. Maxwell also has the greatest strike rate (160.24), his 899 runs coming off just 561 balls.

India’s Shreyas Iyer has the third-highest World Cup average - his 526 runs in 10 innings coming at 75.14 per dismissal. 

India’s Rohit Sharma tops the centuries list with seven, followed by David Warner and Sachin Tendulkar (both on six), while Kumar Sangakkara, Virat Kohli and Ricky Ponting all have five centuries. 

Virat Kohli holds the record for most runs in a series, as he is currently on 711 runs (ave 101.57) with three centuries and five 50s in his 10 matches to date in this World Cup.

Most wickets, best figures

Mitchell Starc has the third-most World Cup wickets (62), but could overtake Muttiah Muralitharan (68) with a seven-wicket haul! Mohammad Shami’s 7/57 in this year’s semi-final against New Zealand is the fifth best bowling figures in World Cup history.

Shami is also in second-best spot in terms of best average, his 54 wickets in 17 matches coming at a cost of just 12.90 runs apiece. In first place is Andy Bichel with an average of 12.31, but that was from just eight matches and 16 wickets. Shami does, however, head the best strike-rate list with a wicket every 15.30 balls over his 17 matches. He has taken 54 wickets off his 828 balls.  

Opponents in the final Shami and Starc also head the list of most five-wicket and four-wicket hauls. Shamit had four 5-wicket hauls and eight 4-wicket hauls, while Starc has three 5-wicket hauls and six 4-wicket hauls. 

Mohammed Shami leads the wicket stakes with 23 wickets from just six innings, an incredible haul, at an average of 9.13 runs per wicket. Australia's Adam Zampa has also been a revelation with the ball, his 22 wickets coming in 10 innings at an average of 21.40.

We all stand together

Both sides in the final have set a record for highest partnership. Australia set the 8th wicket record with the 202* runs Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins racked up against Afghanistan (mostly Maxwell, to be fair). India’s Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul set sa new 4th wicket record with their stand of 208 against the Netherlands.

Oh captain, my captain

Indian captain Rohit Sharma has the greatest records as a captain, pipping both the legends Clive Lloyd and Ricky Ponting. Sharma has won all 10 of the matches in which he has skippered India for a 100% record.

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