The ODI World Cup 2023 provided with us several moments to savour, some thrilling, some nail-biting and some controversial.
Here are Sportstar’s best moments from the tournament:
Kohli goes past Sachin
Virat Kohli’s chase of Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most ODI hundreds, a mark thought by many to be insurmountable, finally ended, with the moment coming in India’s semifinal win against New Zealand in Wankhede.
Kohli celebrated the occasion by bowing to Sachin, who was in the stand, applauding the man who went past his figure of 49 ODI hundreds.
Kohli would also erase Sachin’s record for most runs in an ODI World Cup, taking the flag from the latter’s mark of 673 in 2003 to place it at 765 by the end of the tournament.
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Australia was on the verge of a shocking defeat to Afghanistan. It was reeling at 91 for seven, in a chase of 292. That is when Glenn Maxwell decided to intervene.
The Aussie batter was unbothered by the intense pressure. He struck boundaries with ease, while his skipper Pat Cummins blocked everything thrown at him, scoring a 68-ball 12.
Maxwell also had to brave immense physical strain, with the batter often crumbling to ground due to cramps. But the 35-year-old hobbled back on to his feet, hitting 21 fours and 10 sixes on the way to becoming the first ODI batter to score a double hundred in chase. His logic-defying knock helped Australia to a three-wicket win, a vital step in its eventual title win.
Indian bowlers’ day out
Each ball was an event. Each delivery threatened a wicket. The fact that Sri Lanka got to 55 against India at the Wankhede is itself a miracle. The Lankan top-five collectively aggregated a total of two runs as Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj cut through the batting lineup.
The Indian pacers were unrelenting as they helped India to a mammoth 302-run win and seal a semifinal spot. Their fiery performance was also the definite blow on an already dying Sri Lankan hopes for a semifinal spot.
Before he set the final alight with a sparkling hundred, Travis Head made a vital intervention, which eventually defined the course of the summit clash.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma had set off on another quick-fire start and was looking to take the game away from Australia.
Rohit, who was batting on 47, attempted to step down and loft Glenn Maxwell, but could only manage a edge over the covers. Head, posted at cover point, ran back a good 20 metres to dive and complete the catch to dismiss the Indian skipper. India never truly recovered from Rohit’s dismissal as Australia coasted to an easy win.
Time and tide (and Shakib) wait for no one
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathew entered the record books as he became the first batter to be timed out in international cricket during his side’s league stage match against Bangladesh.
The Lankan all-rounder took his time to get to the crease, after which he found his helmet strap to be broken. Mathews called for a replacement, resulting in a further delay, prompting Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan to appeal to the umpire.
A fuming Mathews debated with the umpire and Shakib to no success, before walking back to the dressing room and into history (and to innumerable future quiz questions).
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