The ICC World Cup 2023 has just started, and we are already witnessing some captivating performances from several players. While some of these cricketers are known for their exceptional game, others have showcased remarkable skills, surprising many cricket enthusiasts.
Here are 7 players who have delivered outstanding performances so far:
Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)
- Pakistan’s top-order batter has been absolutely phenomenal in the last three matches. He guided the team to a crucial victory against Sri Lanka, scoring an unbeaten knock of 131. Rizwan, along with Abdullah Shafique, stitched a 244-run partnership to reach 345 runs.
Against India, Rizwan made 49 (68), but unfortunately, the middle-order collapsed, and the team was bowled out for 191.
Rizwan, along with Babar Azam and now Abdullah Shafique, is the only consistent run-getters in the Pakistan team with their weak middle-order.
The right-handed batter has scored 248 runs in 3 matches with an impressive average of 124.
Rohit Sharma (India)
- The Indian skipper is also in top form in this World Cup. Sharma demolished the Pakistani bowling single-handedly in their last match, scoring 86 (63) with six 6s and four 4s in his knock.
- In the match against Afghanistan, the ‘Hitman’ scored a whopping 131 (84) and led the team to an easy victory.
- Sharma has amassed 217 runs in 3 matches with a remarkable strike-rate of 141.83.
Jasprit Bumrah (India)
- India’s yorker specialist and leading pacer is also the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup.
- The right-arm medium-pacer has clinched 8 wickets in 3 matches, including a four-wicket spell (4/39) against Afghanistan.
- Bumrah had an excellent economy of 2.71 against Pakistan, conceding only 19 runs in his 7 overs.
- His economy of 3.50 against Australia in the opening match of the World Cup was also impressive, as he gave away only 35 runs in 10 overs and took 2 wickets.
- Bumrah has a unique ability to bowl deadly yorkers with acute accuracy that restrict batters from going for big shots.
- On Indian wickets, Bumrah is lethal for any batting lineup. He is set to be a key player for India as the men-in-blue progress further in the tournament.
Rachin Ravindra (New Zealand)
- The Indian-origin player, whose name ‘Rachin‘ has been inspired by Indian cricketing legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, has been the biggest surprise of this World Cup.
- Having made his debut in ODIs earlier this year, Ravindra didn’t garner much attention until he smashed a century against England in the first match of the World Cup.
- The 22-year-old became an overnight sensation due to his powerful hitting. In the next match against Netherlands, he scored a half-century.
- The Kiwi left-handed batter has amassed 183 runs in 3 matches at a decent strike-rate of 114.37.
- There is no doubt that the opening batter is a rare find for New Zealand and he is poised to be the game-changer for the Kiwis this World Cup.
Abdullah Shafique (Pakistan)
- The 23-year-old right-handed batter from Pakistan’s Sialkot is another significant surprise from the Pakistan team.
- A product of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Shafique has suddenly emerged as a strong top-order batter, addressing an area that the Pakistan team has historically struggled with.
- Shafique hammered the Sri Lankan bowlers in the second match, scoring 113 and taking Pakistan to a comfortable position alongside Mohammad Rizwan.
- His all-round performance with the bat and as a fielder mark him as Pakistan’s most significant game-changer this World Cup.
- In 2 games, Shafique has scored 133 runs with a strike-rate of 104.72.
Dilshan Madhushanka (Sri Lanka)
- The left-arm pacer is the new bowling sensation of Sri Lanka following in the footsteps of the great Chaminda Vaas.
- The world witnessed his bowling spell on October 16 against Australia when he dismissed batting legends David Warner and Steve Smith in a single over without conceding a single run.
- Suddenly, the broadcast switched to the bowling spell of Chaminda Vaas, who had dismissed Brian Lara and Chris Gayle in the 2003 World Cup.
- The 23-year-old left-arm medium-pacer has clinched 7 wickets in 3 matches.
- In fact, in every match, Madhushanka has provided breakthroughs for Sri Lanka, taking 3, 2, and 2 wickets in the last three matches respectively.
Mitchell Santner (New Zealand)
With 8 wickets in three matches, New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner is the third top bowler in this World Cup so far.
Santner’s five-wicket haul against Netherlands on October 9, 2023, boosted his tally, as he secured two wickets against
England in the first match and one wicket against South Africa in the last match.
Given that Indian wickets offer good turn and bounce to spinners, Santner is also expected to provide New Zealand with much-needed wickets at crucial intervals.
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