Delhi, October 25, 2023 – The ICC World Cup 2023 has been a cricketing spectacle filled with twists, turns, and unprecedented moments. In the recent match between Australia and the Netherlands, several records etched their place in the annals of cricketing history.
No Sixes in an Innings
In a World Cup where batting fireworks are expected, it was a remarkable anomaly. The match between Australia and the Netherlands in Delhi on the 25th of October marked the third occasion in this World Cup where not a single six was struck in an innings. Prior to this, it was the encounters between Australia and South Africa in Lucknow and Pakistan and India in Ahmedabad where the ball had the upper hand.
- AUS vs SA Lucknow
- PAK vs IND, Ahmedabad
- NED vs AUS, Delhi*
Zampa and Warne: Spin Wizardry for Australia
Australian spinners have showcased their magic on the cricketing canvas. Adam Zampa’s remarkable performance in the World Cup earned him his 12th 4-wicket haul in ODIs. With this feat, Zampa edged closer to the great Shane Warne’s record of 13 such hauls. The legacy of Australian spin bowling continues to flourish.
- 13 – Shane Warne
- 12 – Adam Zampa
Historically Low Totals
The clash between the Netherlands and Australia witnessed a batting meltdown. The Netherlands managed to score just 90 runs, marking the lowest total in the ICC World Cup 2023. This year has seen several other low totals, including Afghanistan’s 139 against New Zealand, Afghanistan’s 156 against Bangladesh, and England’s 170 against South Africa.
- 90 – NED vs AUS, Delhi, today*
- 139 – AFG vs NZ, Chennai
- 156 – AFG vs BAN, Dharamsala
- 170 – ENG vs SA, Wankhede
Wickets Galore in World Cup
Bowlers have left an indelible mark in World Cup history. Glenn McGrath leads the chart for the most wickets with 71 scalps in 39 matches. Mitchell Starc, who has been a pivotal figure for Australia, reached 56 wickets in just 23 matches. This places him in the elite company of Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, and Wasim Akram.
- 71 – Glenn McGrath (39 mat)
- 68 – Muttiah Muralitharan (40 mat)
- 56 – Mitchell Starc (23 mat)*
- 56 – Lasith Malinga (29 mat)
- 55 – Wasim Akram (38 mat)
Zampa’s Exceptional Streak
Adam Zampa’s extraordinary performance in the World Cup has been exceptional. He joined a select group of bowlers to claim four or more wickets in three consecutive World Cup matches. His consistency is a testament to his bowling prowess.
- 3 – Mohammed Shami (India, 2019)
- 3 – Shahid Afridi (Pakistan, 2011)
- 3 – Adam Zampa (Australia, 2023)
Delhi: A Fortress for Teams Batting First
Delhi’s cricketing ground has been a paradise for teams batting first. Over the years, teams batting first have triumphed in 7 out of 9 matches in Delhi since 2013. The recent match between India and Afghanistan was one of the two exceptions, breaking the trend.
Bowled Dismissals in World Cups
Mitchell Starc continues to be a tormentor for batsmen, sharing the record for most bowled dismissals in World Cups with Wasim Akram. Their tally of 25 bowled dismissals places them at the top of this list.
- 25 – Mitchell Starc*
- 25 – Wasim Akram
- 18 – Lasith Malinga
- 17 – Muttiah Muralitharan
- 15 – Glenn McGrath
Australia’s Consistent Performances in World Cups
The Australian team has a history of performing admirably in World Cups, with several bowlers achieving consecutive 4+ wicket hauls. Adam Zampa’s recent record puts him in the elite company of Gary Gilmour, Shane Warne, Mitchell Johnson, and Brett Lee.
- 3 – Adam Zampa, 2023*
- 2 – Gary Gilmour, 1975
- 2 – Shane Warne, 1999
- 2 – Mitchell Johnson, 2011
- 2 – Brett Lee, 2011
- 2 – Mitchell Starc, 2019
Netherlands’ Low Ebb
For the Netherlands, this defeat against Australia in Delhi was the most significant loss in terms of runs in ODIs. The previous biggest loss was against England by 232 runs in Amstelveen last year.
Land of Massive Wins
While the Netherlands faced their biggest defeat, India etched their name in history with the most significant win by runs, thrashing Sri Lanka by 317 runs in Trivandrum.
- 317 – IND vs SL, Trivandrum 2023
- 309 – AUS vs NED, Delhi, today*
- 304 – ZIM vs USA, Harare, 2023
- 290 – NZ vs IRE, Aberdeen 2008
- 275 – AUS vs AFG, Perth 2015 (WC)
The World Cup has indeed seen incredible moments, from spin wizardry to low totals and massive victories. As the tournament progresses, more records are waiting to be written on cricket’s grand stage.