In this World Cup, we have witnessed some world-class performances from various players. Now the group stage of the World Cup is over and it would be interesting to reflect on the tournament.
Let’s make a combined Best XI from the group stage of ODI World Cup 2023:
There is hardly any debate when it comes to the opening pair. Quinton De Kock and Rohit Sharma would be the obvious choices because of the performances that they have delivered. De Kock has scored 591 runs in 9 matches at an average of 65.66 whereas Rohit Sharma has 503 runs in his account at an average of 55.88. David Warner is a close miss because of the way Rohit has batted for India. His attacking approach has completely changed the outlook of his team. The Indian captain will also be the captain of this side as his record in this World Cup has been 100% as a skipper.
Virat Kohli will play at No.3 and will be very important in this top order. He is the leading run-scorer in this World Cup with 594 runs at an astonishing average of 99. He has got two centuries and 5 half-centuries in the tournament so far.
Rachin Ravindra will be the first man in the middle order. The young Kiwi batter has been the find of this tournament. He has 565 runs at an average of 70.62. Ravindra can roll his arms as well. Following him in the middle order will be the South African, Aiden Markram. He has been very crucial for his team in the middle order with few crucial knocks. With four fifty-plus scores, he has made 396 runs at an average of 49.50.
Shreyas Iyer will join next. The Indian has crucial 421 runs made at a strike rate of 106.58 which will give this side the required firepower. At No.7 will be Marco Jansen who will be the all-rounder of this squad. He has 157 runs in the World Cup and more importantly, has taken 17 wickets.
Adam Zampa and Kuldeep Yadav will be the two spinners in this lineup. Zampa is the leading wicket-taker in this tournament with 22 wickets in his bag. Partnering him will be Kuldeep Yadav who has taken 14 wickets at an average of 22.28.
The other two fast bowlers will be Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami. Both these have bowled well for India. Bumrah has 17 wickets whereas Shami has 16 in his account. This would form a lethal pair with the ball.
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