India’s outstanding performance against Sri Lanka in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 resulted in a plethora of statistical records. India posted a formidable total of 357/8 and then decimated Sri Lanka for just 55 runs, securing a massive 302-run victory, the largest margin of victory by runs for the hosts in the history of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. This victory also stands as the second-largest margin ever, trailing Australia’s 309-run win against Netherlands.
In the history of Men’s ODIs, only three times has a team achieved a bigger margin of victory by runs: Zimbabwe’s 304-run win over the USA, Australia’s 309-run victory over the Netherlands in this tournament, and India’s remarkable 317-run triumph over Sri Lanka in January 2023. Remarkably, all four of these significant wins have occurred in 2023.
Mohammed Shami has etched his name in the history books by becoming India’s leading wicket-taker in Men’s Cricket World Cups with 45 wickets in just 14 matches, boasting an astonishing average of 12.91. Previously, this record was shared by Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath, each with 44 wickets. Shami’s performance places him among the top wicket-takers in World Cups, achieving this feat in remarkably few matches and maintaining an exceptional average.
Shami has also excelled in taking four-wicket hauls in World Cups, surpassing other bowlers with a record of seven such feats, outdoing Mitchell Starc (6) and Imran Tahir (5). Additionally, he has equaled the record for the most five-wicket hauls in World Cups with three, matching Australia’s Mitchell Starc. In ODIs for India, Shami has also surpassed Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath by securing the most five-wicket hauls with four.
Virat Kohli continues to showcase his outstanding form by moving up in the list of the Men’s Cricket World Cup’s all-time leading run-scorers. His latest performance has elevated his career runs in the tournament to 1472, pushing him to fourth place, ahead of Australia’s David Warner. The only players with more runs in their World Cup careers are Sachin Tendulkar (2278), Ricky Ponting (1743), and Kumar Sangakkara (1532).
Kohli’s remarkable innings of 88 against Sri Lanka marked his 13th 50-plus score in World Cups, the second-most across all editions of the tournament, second only to his former teammate Sachin Tendulkar’s 21 such scores. In ODIs, Kohli now has 118 scores of 50-plus, sharing the second spot with Kumar Sangakkara, while Sachin Tendulkar holds the record with 145.
In the current tournament, Kohli’s tally of runs reached 442 in seven innings, just one run short of his performance in the 2019 tournament where he averaged 55.37 across nine matches. Notably, Kohli has scored 1000-plus ODI runs in a calendar year eight times, a record in the format’s history.
Dilshan Madushanka made a significant impact with a five-wicket haul, making him the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 18 scalps. Close behind are Shaheen Shah Afridi, Marco Jansen, and Adam Zampa with 16 wickets each, while Jasprit Bumrah (15) and Mohammed Shami (14) are not far behind. Madushanka’s 5/80 is the best bowling performance by a Sri Lankan bowler against India in World Cup matches. However, it’s worth noting that this five-wicket haul is the most expensive in World Cup history and the second-most expensive in ODIs.