ODI World Cup 2023: Top 5 best batting performances
World Cup 2023: Top 5 best batting performances
The ICC World Cup 2023 concluded with the Australian side winning the title for the sixth time. On November 19, 2023, in the summit clash that took place in Ahmedabad, they interrupted the Indian team's magnificent run of winning all ten matches in the competition by defeating them in the final.
Virat Kohli finished as the highest run-scorer with 765 runs, 3 hundreds, and 6 fifties. Rohit Sharma finished in second place with 597 runs to his name and was lauded for giving India flying starts with selfless batting. There were many amazing batting exhibitions in the ICC World Cup 2023 and though it was hard to select only a handful, here are the five best performances.
Top 5 best batting performances of World Cup 2023:
5. Fakhar Zaman (PAK)- 126* v NZ
Pakistan needed to win this match against New Zealand to stay in contention for the semi-finals. It was played on a batting beauty track in Bengaluru and Pakistan captain Babar Azam chose to bowl first after winning the toss, keeping in mind the possibility of rain later on. New Zealand went on to post a huge total of 401 runs on the board, their first such total over 400 in ODI cricket.
When the chase began, everything depended on Fakhar Zaman, who had been benched for the better part of the World Cup initially. Despite losing Abdullah Shafique for 4, Zaman took the onus and went after the New Zealand bowlers, with Babar Azam giving company. Azam made 66 in 63 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes.
But the knock of the match came from Zaman, who hammered 126* in just 81 balls with 11 huge sixes and 8 fours. This helped Pakistan make 200/1 in 25.3 overs, keeping them ahead of the DLS par score. With rain arriving soon, the match was called off, with Pakistan winning by 21 runs via DLS.