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Record-keepers and statisticians have been kept on their toes with a plethora of records tumbling at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

From single-innings efforts to continued excellence across multiple campaigns, teams and players have made their name and set new benchmarks.

Here are the key records to be shattered at the Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.

Fastest to 50 CWC wickets: Mitchell Starc
The leading wicket-taker in both the 2015 and 2019 tournaments, Mitchell Starc has been a titan in the past and begun just as strongly in his third Cricket World Cup.

Claiming 22 wickets in 2015 at 10.18 and an economy of 3.50, equal-best with Trent Boult, Starc went outright top four years later with 27 wickets, six ahead of the next best bowler and achieving the feat even without Australia reaching the final.
With six innings to spare, Starc claimed the wicket-taking record of 50 scalps off Lasith Malinga when dismissing India opener Ishan Kishan for a golden duck in Australia’s first match of the 2023 tournament.

The canny Sri Lanka quick Malinga took 25 innings to reach 50 wickets in Cricket World Cups, with another Australia fast bowler in Glenn McGrath and Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan next best to hit the mark from 30 innings.
Fastest CWC century: Aiden Markram
Several players had threated Kevin O’Brien’s 50-ball effort on that famous 2011 Bangalore night against England, though it took 12 years and a return to India for the fastest century record to be broken.
In a night where almost everyone stood up for the Proteas against Sri Lanka, Aiden Markram shone brightest. Hitting 14 fours by dissecting gaps and three sixes to hammer the point in, Sri Lanka were bereft of answers and Markram bettered the record by a solitary ball.

In a tournament with a dozen centuries recorded in 10 matches, the prospect of Markram keeping the record until the end of the 2023 tournament is by no means guaranteed.

Rohit Sharma and Kusal Mendis have recorded 63 and 65-ball centuries already at Cricket World Cup 2023, and the tournament promises high scores even if the pitches become slower in due course.
Biggest CWC team total: South Africa (428/5)
Markram was the headline, though it’d be remiss not to acknowledge the Proteas batting engine room that delivered its threatening power, posting an unseen 428 at a global tournament.

After a measured opening 10 overs, the Proteas moved at seven-an-over from overs 11 to 20, before 88 runs were compiled from overs 21-30. Incredibly, the team scored 137 runs in a final 10-over blitz.
Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock joined Markram as centurions in what was a demolition of the Sri Lankan bowling attack, and it was just the fourth time in an ODI (and first at the Cricket World Cup) where a team’s batting scorecard had three centuries written on it.

The 107 boundaries across both innings was the most in a World Cup game, and it was the highest aggregate for a men’s ODI World Cup match, going past the 714 runs in the 2019 game between Australia and Bangladesh in Nottingham.

Biggest successful CWC chase: Pakistan (345)
Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique scored world-class centuries to lift Pakistan to the biggest-ever successful chase in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup history to beat Sri Lanka in a stellar performance in Hyderabad.

Wedged in a corner at 37/2 after losing Babar Azam, Shafique’s poise and Rizwan’s presence built a strong platform, mixing power and touch to put on 176 with relative ease.
Shafique would eventually fall for 113 (103), though Rizwan (131* from 121) prevailed with the help of the brute force of Iftikhar Ahmed’s 22* (10) to chase down the target with 10 balls to spare.
Most CWC hundreds (7) and most international sixes (556): Rohit Sharma
Standing records never stood a chance in front of Rohit Sharma, as he led his side to a comfortable win over Afghanistan in Delhi.

Rohit blazed 131 in just 84 balls as his team cruised past Afghanistan’s 272, eventually winning with 90 balls to spare.

In his trademark mix of brash and balance at the crease, the skipper blazed 16 fours and five sixes, completely dictating terms at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. In the knock, he went clear of compatriot Sachin Tendulkar with seven Cricket World Cup centuries.

Incredibly, Rohit has achieved the record in just 19 innings and in only three World Cup campaigns, in comparison to Tendulkar’s 44 innings.
But it will be tough going to reach Tendulkar’s record for the most runs at Cricket World Cups of 2278 at an average 56.95, though Rohit boasts a superior average of 65.23 which is also the highest among players to reach four figures across the tournaments.

The five sixes Rohit struck in Delhi moved him to 556 sixes across the three formats of international cricket, passing the previous record-holder in the category in Chris Gayle.

Rohit managed to pass the West Indies opener in almost 80 fewer innings across the three formats (472).
Australia on the ropes early at CWC23
The five-time champions lost their opening match of a Men’s Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1996 when a slow start allowed India to cruise to a six-wicket victory.

Australia fell further behind the early pacesetters when losing back-to-back matches to start a Cricket World Cup campaign for the first time since 1992.

South Africa’s emphatic 132-run triumph in the second of those matches was also the heaviest defeat Australia has ever suffered in terms of runs at a Men’s Cricket World Cup.
More Men’s CWC and ODI records broken at India 2023
It’s been a tournament of numerical curiosity, with a spate of records and firsts either across ODIs or national records:


– Fastest to reach 1000 runs for Afghanistan in ODIs: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (27 innings)


– Fastest to 50 wickets in Cricket World Cups: Mitchell Starc (19 innings)

– Fastest to 1000 runs in Cricket World Cups: Rohit Sharma and David Warner (19 innings)

– Joint-most wickets falling to spin in a CWC match: Australia (6), v India

– Three of India’s top four were dismissed for a duck, first ever instance for India in ODIs

– First time losing opening CWC match since 1996

– First time losing first to matches of a CWC since 1992


– Most wickets by any left-arm spinner in Cricket World Cups: Shakib Al Hasan (38 wickets)

– Fastest run chase by Bangladesh in a CWC match: 92 balls remaining, v Afghanistan


– First time all 11 batters registered double-digit scores in an ODI: England, v New Zealand

– Most runs for England at Cricket World Cups: Joe Root (917 runs)

– Fastest batter to reach six hundreds in ODIs: Dawid Malan (23 innings)


– Joint-most wickets falling to spin in a CWC match: Australia (6), v India

– Three of India’s top four were dismissed for a duck, first ever instance for India in ODIs: v Australia

– Most runs in successful chases in ODIs: Virat Kohli (5517 runs) overtakes Sachin Tendulkar

– Fastest to 1000 runs in Cricket World Cups: Rohit Sharma and David Warner (19 innings)

– Most hundreds in Cricket World Cups: Rohit Sharma (7)

– Most hundreds in second innings in Cricket World Cups: Rohit Sharma (3)

– Most international sixes in all formats: Rohit Sharma (556)

– Fastest century by India batter at a CWC: Rohit Sharma (63 balls)


– Tenth player to score 50-plus runs and take 4-plus wickets in a CWC match: Bas de Leede (67 runs, 4/62), v Pakistan

New Zealand

– Fourth highest partnership at a CWC: Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway (273 runs), v England

– Third youngest centurion at a CWC: Rachin Ravindra (23 years old) v England

– Best bowling figures by a New Zealand spinner in a CWC match: Mitchell Santner (5/59) v Netherlands


– Biggest successful chase in a CWC match: Pakistan (345)

– First Pakistan batter to score a century on CWC debut: Abdullah Shafique (113), v Sri Lanka

– First time four batters have scored centuries in one CWC match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka

– Joint-fastest to 3000 runs in ODIs: Imam-ul-Haq (67 innings)

South Africa

– Fastest century in a CWC match: Aiden Markram (49 balls), v Sri Lanka

– First time four batters have scored centuries in one CWC match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka

– Highest team total in Men’s CWC: South Africa (428 runs), v Sri Lanka

– Most runs scored in a match: South Africa v Sri Lanka: 754

– Second South Africa batter to score hundreds in two consecutive CWC matches: Quinton de Kock (joins AB de Villiers), v Sri Lanka, Australia

– Joint-second fastest to 2000 runs in ODIs: Rassie van der Dussen (45 innings)

Sri Lanka

– Fastest Sri Lanka hundred at a CWC: Kusal Mendis (65 balls)

– Most runs scored in a match: South Africa v Sri Lanka: 754

– First time four batters have scored centuries in one CWC match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka

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