AB de Villiers’ Picks for ODI World Cup 2023 Dream Team: Indian Stars Shine Bright
After a thrilling conclusion to the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, former South African captain AB de Villiers has revealed his ‘Team of the Tournament,’ acknowledging standout performances from Indian cricketers who displayed exceptional skills throughout the campaign.
Dominance of Indian Batting
The batting lineup boasts the likes of Virat Kohli, who broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most runs in a single World Cup edition, accumulating an impressive 765 runs. Rachin Ravindra, with his historic World Cup campaign and record-breaking 578 runs, secures the no.4 spot. Shreyas Iyer and Glenn Maxwell complete the middle order, showcasing their prowess with the bat.
For the opening slots, de Villiers selected Australia’s Travis Head and Indian skipper Rohit Sharma. Head’s exceptional performance in the semi-final and final, including a hundred against New Zealand, earned him a spot. Rohit Sharma, finishing as the second-highest run-scorer with 597 runs, contributed significantly to India’s success.
The Bowling Unit
De Villiers recognized the spin-bowling prowess of Ravindra Jadeja, who played a crucial role in controlling the middle overs for India and contributed with the bat. Maxwell, a key player in Australia’s title triumph, showcased his all-round abilities with impactful performances.
The formidable pace attack includes Adam Zampa, who turned around his early indifferent form to become the second-highest wicket-taker with 23 scalps. Dilshan Madushanka emerged as a bright spot for Sri Lanka, claiming 21 wickets, while Gerald Coetzee showcased his spirited bowling to secure 20 wickets. India’s Mohammed Shami, with a historic seven-wicket haul in the semi-final and 24 wickets overall, added to the pace dominance.
AB De Villiers’ Team Of World Cup 2023: Travis Head, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rachin Ravindra, Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Ravindra Jadeja, Adam Zampa, Dilshan Madushanka, Gerald Coetzee, Mohammed Shami.
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