After Dawid Malan scored a brilliant century in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh, his teammates celebrated by surprising him with a cake facial. Malan’s remarkable innings saw him hit 140 runs in 107 balls, including 16 boundaries and five sixes.
Dawid Malan’s exceptional performance brought joy to the England team, especially following their disappointing opening match in the tournament against New Zealand in Ahmedabad.
To celebrate his achievement, they playfully smeared cake on Malan’s face as a post-match gesture in the team hotel. The official England Cricket account on ‘X’ humorously captioned the moment as “A fun way to celebrate scoring 140 runs.”
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What added to the significance of the England opener’s century was the distinct pattern of his innings. He scored his initial 50 runs quickly in just 39 balls. Malan hit 140 runs in 107 balls against Bangladesh.
However, his second half-century was where he truly showcased his style. It took him 52 deliveries to achieve the next 50 runs, and he significantly accelerated after reaching a hundred.
Many records were achieved as Malan scored his first century in the World Cup
In this remarkable accomplishment, the 36-year-old scored his first century in the World Cup, making him the eighth England opener to reach this milestone in the prestigious 50-over World Cup.
But that’s not all; he also set a record by becoming the fastest batter to achieve six ODI centuries, accomplishing this in just 23 innings. Today’s cricketing history will be etched with significance, as only two other England batters have achieved centuries in a World Cup held in India.
The legendary Graham Gooch made history with his outstanding 115 against India in Mumbai during the 1987 World Cup. Likewise, Andrew Strauss left a lasting legacy with his remarkable 158 against India in Bengaluru in 2011.