In this series about the 2023 World Cup, we’ve been saying the same thing-individual records matter only if the team wins. If the team loses, those records don’t mean much and can even be made fun of.
The match between India and New Zealand is a really big deal for both teams. The team that loses won’t have a more important match for the next four years.
ODI World Cups are special. Even if some say the format is losing interest, more people might watch than India’s T20 World Cup semi-final in 2022.
Three players today might break records, and if your team wins, it adds to the happiness. If not, these records could bring a bit of comfort. Keep reading!
#1 Rohit Sharma is just two sixes away from surpassing Chris Gayle’s record
After smashing two sixes in India’s recent match against the Netherlands, Rohit Sharma surpassed AB de Villiers as the record six-hitter in a calendar year. This also elevated his overall six count in ODI World Cups to 47 in just 26 matches.
If he hits three more today, he will surpass Chris Gayle (49 sixes in 35 matches) as the highest six-hitter in the history of the competition.
While Glenn Maxwell is close with 43 sixes in 23 matches, Rohit has the opportunity to increase the gap, especially with the short boundaries at the Wankhede Stadium, his home ground.
#2 Daryl Mitchell might set a record as the fastest to score 1500 ODI runs for New Zealand
Daryl Mitchell is close to being the fastest to score 1500 ODI runs for New Zealand, needing 57 more runs in 34 innings to beat Martin Guptill’s record of 46 innings.
Mitchell’s impressive century against India in the 2023 World Cup showcased his skill, especially against Kuldeep Yadav. If he brings that quality to today’s game, the 32-year-old could further prove his talent.
#3 Virat Kohli is almost 80 runs away from achieving something significant
Whether you think he’s focused on himself or the team, Virat Kohli has been the best batter in the tournament because he’s been very consistent. He scored at least fifty or a hundred in seven out of nine matches so far.
Now, he has a total of 594 runs, and if he scores 80 more today, he’ll have the most runs in a single World Cup, beating Sachin Tendulkar’s record from 2003.