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ODI World Cup 2023: Best Playing XI

NEW DELHI: India stormed to the final of the 2023 World Cup winning all their 10 matches, before faltering at the final hurdle losing to Australia in the final. Cricketers from almost all the teams made a mark in the tournament. But the best were right at the top.

Here is a look at the best playing XI of the 2023 World Cup:

1. Rohit Sharma (Captain and opener): Playing with vengeance and a relentless drive to succeed, India captain Rohit Sharma gave blazing starts throughout the tournament for the middle order to flourish. He also leads this side as he has led India from the front notching up 10 wins out of 11 matches, becoming the first Indian captain to score more than 500 runs in a single World Cup edition. Rohit finished the tournament as the second-highest run scorer with 597 runs.

2. Rachin Ravindra : The new kid on the block from New Zealand with his roots in India, Rachin Ravindra would be Rohit's batting partner up the order. With 578 runs from 10 matches that included 3 hundreds, Ravindra was one of the biggest reasons that the Kiwis reached the semifinals.

3. Virat Kohli : Who else at the pivotal No. 3 spot but none other than the great Virat Kohli - the highest run scorer in this World Cup, the first batsman to notch up more than 700 runs in a single World Cup edition, the first batsman to score 50 ODI hundreds. Virat finished the tournament with 765 runs.

4. Daryl Mitchell : The No. 4 spot was closely contested between Daryl Mitchell and Shreyas Iyer. Both scored more than 500 runs with 2 hundreds in the 10 matches (before the final) but what ruled in favour of the Kiwi was ability to send down some medium pace deliveries and he scored more runs than Iyer who had the advantage of playing at home. Daryl Mitchell also took the maximum catches (11) in the tournament and made catching at first slip look easy and effortless.

5. KL Rahul (wicket-keeper): The stylish keeper-bat walks in the side at the No. 5 spot and as the wicket-keeper. KL Rahul made a successful comeback from injury. Rahul's only hundred in the tournament came against the Netherlands but his unbeaten 97 was worth its weight in gold as it came against Australia when the team was staring at defeat. His keeping was as safe as it could get as he effected 17 dismissals - 16 catches and a stumping - striking a great balance for the team.

6. Glenn Maxwell : With 2 centuries in the tournament both having shattering impacts, the 'Big Show' smashed the ball into oblivion. Maxwell notched up a 40-ball hundred against Netherlands in Delhi and then smashed the only double ton of the tournament - in Mumbai - when Afghanistan were about to register a huge upset against the five-time champions. That he was suffering from cramps and literally smashed the Afghan bowlers on one leg to take Australia to victory was the icing on the cake.

7. Ravindra Jadeja : With his fine left-arm spin, handy batting abilities and brilliant fielding, Ravindra Jadeja is the No. 7 batter of the side. In the 11 matches he played, Jadeja took 16 wickets and 7 catches in the tournament.

8. Mohammed Shami : Left out of the team at the start of the World Cup but finished the tournament as the leading bowler, with 24 wickets from 7 games at a stunningly low average of under 10 apiece -- a haul featuring a 7/57 against New Zealand in the semi-final, Mohammed Shami had a dream tournament. Three five-wicket hauls and one four-wicket haul make Shami the bowler of the tournament.

9. Adam Zampa : The Aussie leg-spinner came of age in this World Cup. Adam Zampa took 23 wickets in the 11 matches Australia played and is at the second spot in the highest wicket-takers list in the tournament. Zampa did not take a single five-wicket haul in the tournament but his 3 four-wicket hauls ensured that the Aussies reached the final.

10. Jasprit Bumrah :
The Indian pace spearhead will also be leading the fast bowling attack of this side. In India's 11 matches, Jasprit Bumrah took 20 wickets that included one four-wicket haul. Bumrah's early breakthroughs with the new ball or his strikes with the old ball reversing trigger batting collapses in the opposition ranks.

11. Dilshan Madushanka: Veteran left-arm seamers Mitchell Starc and Shaheen Afridi were expected to go great guns in this World Cup. Instead they were pipped by Sri Lankan left-arm pacer Dilshan Madushanka who took 21 wickets in just 9 matches that he played for his country in this World Cup. Madushanka's rich hauls included a five-wicket haul (against India) and a four-wicket haul. Madushanka's second-ball clean bowled dismissal of Rohit Sharma was a dream of a delivery that pitched on a good length and nipped away with the angle to take away the Indian captain's off-stump.