The stellar performances of key players in the 2023 Men's ODI World Cup have been acknowledged through the compilation of the tournament's standout team. Despite India finishing as runners-up, six of its remarkable players have secured spots in the distinguished roster.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of the team, proved his mettle at the top of the order, setting the stage with his explosive innings. His defining knock of 131 runs from 84 balls against Afghanistan earned him the Player of the Match award, and his consistent contributions were instrumental in India's formidable performances throughout the tournament.
Virat Kohli, hailed as the leading run-scorer and the Player of the Tournament, etched his name in history with a staggering 765 runs at an average of 95.62. His pivotal century in the semi-final against New Zealand, notching his 50th ODI ton, propelled India to the final after a twelve-year hiatus.
KL Rahul's pivotal knocks, including an unbeaten 97 and a century against the Netherlands, showcased his impactful contributions. Despite his top-scoring 66 in the final against Australia, it wasn't enough to secure victory against the formidable opposition.
Ravindra Jadeja's prowess with the ball was evident, particularly in his five-wicket haul against South Africa, a feat achieved by only a few Indian spinners in ODI World Cups. He carved his place in history by surpassing notable bowlers for the most wickets in a single World Cup by an Indian spinner.
Mohammed Shami's late entry into India's playing eleven didn't hinder his impact, culminating in a mesmerizing seven-for in the crucial semi-final against New Zealand. His remarkable displays against New Zealand and Sri Lanka propelled him to the top of the wicket charts.
Jasprit Bumrah, a constant threat with the new ball, earned his place for the second consecutive World Cup by claiming 20 wickets, showcasing his potency in early breakthroughs, notably against Australia in the final.
The team also features exceptional talents from other nations, including Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa, pivotal in Australia's successful campaign, Daryl Mitchell from New Zealand, Sri Lanka's Dilshan Madushanka, and South Africa's retired Quinton de Kock. Young fast-bowler Gerald Coetzee stands as the 12th player in this illustrious lineup.
The 2023 Men's ODI World Cup Team of the Tournament comprises a blend of seasoned veterans and emerging talents, a testament to their extraordinary performances that defined this edition of the prestigious cricketing event.
(With Agency Inputs)