The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 has reached its third week, and after 24 matches, India stands as the only unbeaten team in the tournament. The Indian team, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, has played five matches and emerged victorious in all of them. Their most recent triumph against New Zealand in Dharamsala put an end to their losing streak against the Kiwis in ICC events, dating back to 2003. As of week three, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia hold the top four positions with 8, 8, and 6 points, respectively.

Pakistan currently sits in fifth place with two wins and three consecutive losses, edging out Afghanistan based on net run rate. At the bottom of the table are Sri Lanka, England, Bangladesh, and the Netherlands, each with one win. Sri Lanka and England have played four matches each, while Bangladesh and the Netherlands have participated in five.

Let’s take a closer look at the best playing XI for week 3 of the 2023 World Cup:

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Openers: David Warner (c), Quinton de Kock (wk)

After a slow start to his 2023 World Cup campaign, Australian opener David Warner made a remarkable comeback with two centuries in a week. He capitalized on an early reprieve against Pakistan, smashing 163 runs off 124 balls. Warner continued his excellent form with a second consecutive century against the Netherlands, scoring 104 off 93 deliveries. His outstanding performance earned him the captaincy for the week.

South African opener Quinton de Kock, despite announcing his retirement from one-day cricket after the World Cup, had a phenomenal week. He scored his third century of the competition against Bangladesh in Mumbai, amassing 174 runs off 140 balls, including 15 fours and seven sixes.

Middle order: Virat Kohli, Daryl Mitchell, Heinrich Klaasen, Glenn Maxwell

Virat Kohli, the senior Indian batsman, was a natural choice for the No. 3 position. He played pivotal roles in two successful Indian chases, scoring an unbeaten 103 off 97 balls against Bangladesh and contributing 95 off 104 in the long-awaited victory over New Zealand.

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New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell, even in a losing effort, played one of the standout innings of the week. He compiled 130 runs off 127 balls against a strong Indian bowling attack, featuring nine fours and five sixes. Mitchell also has the ability to provide part-time pace.

South African batsman Heinrich Klaasen had an exceptional week in the 2023 World Cup. He scored 109 off just 67 balls in a resounding 229-run win against England and followed it up with 90 off 49 balls in another emphatic victory over Bangladesh in Mumbai.

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, known as the ‘Big Show,’ earned his place in the team of the week by smashing the record for the fastest Men’s ODI World Cup century. He reached a hundred in an astonishing 40 balls, breaking Aiden Markram’s record, who had scored 100 off 49 just a few days earlier.

All-rounders: Logan van Beek, Marco Jansen

Netherlands is represented in the all-round department by Logan van Beek. The Dutch cricketer scored a brave half-century against Sri Lanka and picked up four wickets against the Netherlands, despite conceding a few runs.

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South Africa’s Marco Jansen contributed 75 not out off 42 balls against England and also took two wickets. He added another two wickets against Bangladesh in another impressive win for his side.

Bowlers: Adam Zampa, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad

Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa had a fantastic week, claiming three four-wicket hauls in a row in the World Cup 2023. Two of these outstanding performances came in week three – 4/53 against Pakistan and 4/8 against the Netherlands.

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami secured his place in the XI after his impressive 5/54 demolished New Zealand in Dharamsala. His accuracy and pace were outstanding in this match. Afghanistan’s left-arm wrist spinner Noor Ahmad earned his spot through his heroic performance in the historic victory over Pakistan. He claimed 3/49, including the significant wickets of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.