Cricket World Cup 2023: ICC announces Team of the Tournament and selects Rohit Sharma as captain, list features 6 Indians

The Team of the Tournament includes 6 Indian stars, two South Africans, two Australians and one from Sri Lanka and New Zealand.


Cricket World Cup 2023: ICC announces Team of the Tournament and selects Rohit Sharma as captain, list features 6 Indians

The World Cup trophy (Image via ESPN)

On 20th November, the ICC announced the World Cup Team of the Tournament on their social media and their website. The team is dominated by 6 Indian stars while including 2 South Africans, 2 Australians, and one player each from Sri Lanka and New Zealand. 

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The team is led by Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, who scored 597 runs. Quinton de Kock was selected as the 2nd opener and the wicket-keeper, as he scored 594 runs and took 20 dismissals. At no. 3 comes in Virat Kohli, the Player of the Tournament, who was the first player to score over 700 runs in a World Cup. 

Black Cap Daryl Mitchell, who scored 552 in 9 innings, was brought in at number 4 thanks to his great campaign. Indian keeper, KL Rahul, comes in at no. 5 thanks to his 452 runs in 10 innings. The Big Show, Glenn Maxwell, was selected at no. 6. Maxwell had a brilliant outing in the World Cup, with 400 runs in the tournament which included a double century against Afghanistan and the fastest World Cup ton against Netherlands. He was also handy with the ball, picking up 6 wickets. 

Ravindra Jadeja was selected at no. 7 thanks to his economical bowling while also picking up 16 wickets. Indian pacers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah got in thanks to their incredible form in the World Cup, with both picking up 24 and 20 each. Adam Zampa was the leading wicket taker among spinners, with 22 wickets. Dilshan Madushanka, who had 21 wickets, also got in thanks to his 21 wickets. South African quick, Gerald Coetzee, who picked up 20 wickets, was selected as the 12th man. 

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Rohit Sharma credits KL Rahul and Virat Kohli for batting on a tough pitch 

India started their innings terribly, with the hosts losing three wickets in the first 11 overs. Batting on a dry and slow pitch, everyone knew it would be tough to bat but KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, both brought up half centuries. Kohli scored 54 off 63 but was then dismissed by Australian Captain, Pat Cummins. Knowing there was no batting depth ahead, KL Rahul batted over a hundred balls, but was dismissed for 66 runs. 

KL Rahul and Virat Kohli
KL Rahul and Virat Kohli stitched up a partnership of 67 runs. (Image via ESPN)
I mean the result hasn't gone our way and we know that we were not good enough on the day. But proud of the team. It wasn't supposed to be. Honestly, 20-30 runs would've been good. I thought when KL and Virat were batting, we were looking at 270-280 at that point and we kept losing wickets.
Rohit Sharma in the Post-Match presentation

In the post match conference, Rohit Sharma credited the duo for their 67 run partnership, which lasted for 107 balls. He acknowledged the fact the pitch was extremely tough to bat on and thought India would score 270 when KL Rahul and Virat Kohli were batting. 

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