Six Tops And Flops At Cricket World Cup 2023
Australia beat India by six wickets to lift their sixth title in the Cricket World Cup in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Opener Travis Head starred during the final in Ahmedabad on Sunday by hitting a sparkling 137 off 120 deliveries, powering Australia to a convincing six-wicket win. Head joined Ricky Ponting and Gilchrist as the third Australian to score a century in a men's World Cup final. Let's look at the tops and flops at the 13th edition of the tournament.
The Afghans enjoyed stellar performances starting with their stunning win over defending champions England.
In the first major upset of the tournament, Afghanistan posted 284 and then bowled out England for 215 with spin wizard Rashid Khan taking three wickets.
The performance was no flash in the pan as they kept up their giant-killing act and hammered neighbours Pakistan by eight wickets to trigger wild celebrations.
They finished with four victories including against Sri Lanka and the Netherlands, prompting coach Jonathan Trott to predict a "bright future" for the team.
Maxwell smashed the tournament's fastest century in 40 balls in a match-winning 106 against the Netherlands in New Delhi.
But Maxwell had only just got started as he then defied cramp and back spasms in a knock for the ages when he lifted Australia from 91-7 to victory with an unbeaten 201 against Afghanistan in Mumbai.
Known as "The Big Show" for his swashbuckling batting, Maxwell destroyed the Afghan bowling attack with 21 fours and 10 sixes in his 128-ball blitz.
He was the dominant partner in a 202-run stand with skipper Pat Cummins, who called Maxwell's knock a "freak show" and the "greatest ODI innings".
Virat Kohli lived up to his billing as