From 'Captain Fearless' Rohit Sharma To 'Special' Mohammed Shami: Top 5 performers Of Cricket World Cup 2023
The World Cup trophy was not meant to be his, but India's 'Captain Fearless' Rohit Sharma gave everything on the field and so did Mohammed Shami, who set the record for most fifers in the tournament's history. India's World Cup dream also had Virat Kohli creating history with his 765 runs and notching up the 50th century to finish as the Player of the Tournament, but there were remarkable performers from the other teams as well. South Africa once again crashed in the semifinal stage but looked formidable yet again, courtesy aggressive batters such as Quinton de Kock and Heinrich Klaasen and for New Zealand, the young Rachin Ravindra made it a tournament to remember.
As the new cycle begins for the 2027 edition, here is a look at the top performers of the recently-concluded quadrennial event:
Rohit Sharma: His journey in 50-overs World Cup may have ended with India's crushing defeat in Ahmedabad, but he can always look back at his own performance and feel nothing but proud about how he delivered.
Fearless with the bat and never for once putting a price on his wicket, Rohit rocketed past the ideals of Mumbai's school of batting, banishing the very principles he came from to set an unprecedented example for any Indian skipper.
Striking at 125.94, Rohit's 597 runs in 11 matches at 54.27 are now the most for any captain across the 13 editions of one-day World Cups.
He demolished Pakistan with a belligerent 86, raked up 136 against the Netherlands but what made India the beast they were in this World Cup were largely due to Rohit's early onslaughts.
The numbers will show Rohit making many rapid 40s, but almost each of those knocks took the wind away from the opposition bowling attacks, which in return could not stop the Indian