• 13 October 2023
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As the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup enters its first week, the points table has begun to take shape, showcasing an intense competition. New Zealand currently leads the standings with four points from two matches. India and Pakistan also share four points, having each played two games. New Zealand’s superior net run rate (+1.958) places them at the top, with India following closely in second place with a net run rate of (+1.500), and Pakistan in third with a net run rate of (+0.927). South Africa commenced their World Cup campaign with a commanding 102-run victory over Sri Lanka, securing the fourth position after week 1, while England stands fifth with one win and one loss.

Turning our attention to the lower half of the points table, Bangladesh claims the sixth position with one win and one defeat, followed closely by Australia, who faced a loss against India. Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, and Afghanistan occupy the bottom three positions, having suffered two losses in their two games. With this overview, let’s delve into the World Cup’s team of the first week:

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Openers: Devon Conway and Rohit Sharma (c)

New Zealand’s Devon Conway and India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, form the opening pair in the team of the week. Conway displayed his brilliance with an unbeaten 152 against England and contributed 32 runs against the Netherlands. Rohit Sharma, though initially dismissed for a duck against Australia, made a spectacular comeback with a record-breaking 131 off 84 balls in the match against Afghanistan.

Middle order: Virat Kohli, Kusal Mendis, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), and Aiden Markram

Virat Kohli made an impressive start to his World Cup campaign, playing a vital role in guiding India’s chase alongside KL Rahul. He also compiled a fluent half-century in the match against Afghanistan. Kusal Mendis, though his brilliant knocks came in losing causes, displayed his prowess by scoring 76 off 42 against South Africa and a remarkable 122 off 77 against Pakistan, narrowly edging out Rachin Ravindra for a middle-order spot. Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batter, Mohammad Rizwan, shone in his team’s World Cup-record chase of 345 against Sri Lanka, battling cramps and adversity to secure his place in the team of the week. South African batter Aiden Markram earned his spot with a record-breaking century, clobbering the fastest hundred in World Cup history (49 balls) against Sri Lanka.

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All-rounders: Bas de Leede and Mitchell Santner

Netherlands’ Bas de Leede and New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner earned the coveted all-rounder slots in the top XI for the first week of World Cup 2023. Bas de Leede stood out for the Dutch, contributing both with the ball and the bat. He claimed impressive figures of 4/62 with the ball and then scored a defiant 67 in a losing effort. Mitchell Santner, often an unsung hero in New Zealand’s white-ball squads, was exceptional this week. He starred with 2/37 against England and delivered a stellar all-round performance against the Netherlands, smashing an unbeaten 36 off 17 and taking a five-wicket haul with the ball.

Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Hasan Ali, and Matt Henry

In an unexpected twist, Hasan Ali, who has faced his share of criticism, features in the World Cup team of the week, surpassing his more fancied counterparts. The right-arm pacer claimed 2/33 against the Netherlands and 4/71 against Sri Lanka. India’s Jasprit Bumrah and New Zealand’s Matt Henry complete the playing XI of the week. Bumrah secured 2/35 against Australia and followed it up with 4/39 against Afghanistan, while Kiwi pacer Henry was consistent with 3/48 against England and 3/40 against the Netherlands, making it tough for batsmen to score against his accuracy.

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