India beat Sri Lanka by a record margin of 302 runs on Thursday (November 2) to become the first team to qualify for the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 semi-finals. The Rohit Sharma-led side rode on half-centuries from opening batter Shubman Gill (92), Virat Kohli (88), and Shreyas Iyer (82) to post a total of 357 runs for the loss of eight wickets on the board after being invited to bat first and then dismissed the former champions for 55 runs in 19.4 overs. For India, pacer Mohammed Shami picked up his second five-wicket haul in three matches, and Mohammed Siraj also got rid of three batters during his quota of seven overs, in which he conceded 16 runs.
The win over Sri Lanka was India’s seventh in as many matches played so far in the ODI World Cup 2023. With a total of 14 points, Rohit Sharma’s men sit at the top of the World Cup 2023 points table. During their win over Sri Lanka, India created numerous milestones. Here’s a look at them.
- Mohammed Shami became India’s leading wicket-taker in ODI World Cup history. In 14 matches, he has dismissed 45 batters, which is one more than Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath’s tally of 44 wickets.
- Shami picked up five wickets for 18 runs in Mumbai on Thursday. He is the first Indian bowler to take two five-wicket hauls in one edition of the ODI World Cup.
- Shami has picked up four or more wickets in seven out of 14 matches played so far in the ODI World Cup, which is the most by any cricketer in the 48-year history of the tournament. Australia’s Mitchell Starc is at No. 2 with six four-wicket hauls.
- Shami now holds the record for taking the most five-wicket hauls for India in ODI cricket. In 97 ODIs, he has dismissed at least five batters on four occasions. Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath are in second place with three five-wicket hauls each.
- India secured its biggest win in ODI World Cup history on Thursday by defeating Sri Lanka by 302 runs.
- Rohit Sharma becomes the only captain in the world who has managed to win two ODI matches by a margin of more than 300 runs.
- Virat Kohli now holds the world record for most calendar years (8) in international cricket with 1000 or more ODI runs.
- Virat now has 13 fifty-plus scores to his name in the ODI World Cup. Only Sachin Tendulkar (21) has more.
- Virat has now won 308 matches as an India player across formats, which is the most. He broke Tendulkar’s record of 307 wins.
- During his 56-ball-82, Shreyas Iyer became the third fastest Indian after Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan to complete 2000 runs in ODIs. He took 49 innings.
- Jasprit Bumrah became the first Indian bowler in ODI World Cup history to take a wicket on the first ball of the inning.
- Rohit Sharma is the only Indian captain who has won all seven of his first seven matches in the ODI World Cup.
- Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli became the second and third players after Sachin Tendulkar to score 400+ runs in the ODI World Cup on more than one occasion.
- Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are the only two Indian cricketers who have scored 400+ runs in the ODI World Cup in back-to-back editions.
- Rohit Sharma’s men dismissed Sri Lanka for 55 runs in 19.4 overs, which is the lowest total by any team against India in ODI World Cup history.
After becoming the first team to qualify for the ODI World Cup 2023 semifinals, India will now face South Africa in their eighth match on Sunday (November 5), which is set to take place at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. If India manages to get the better of the Proteas, it will be guaranteed a No. 1 finish in the points table.