The ODI World Cup 2023 has been quite entertaining and thrilling. The tournament's four semi-finalists have already been fixed, with India, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand remaining to compete for the prestigious trophy. After 45 matches, all ten teams have provided countless outstanding performances, with their players giving it their all to make the mega event an unforgettable experience for all the fans.
Men in Blue have been the most formidable side in the World Cup so far. They have not lost a single game in the tournament so far and won all their 9 matches in the mega event. Rohit Sharma's side will face New Zealand in the first semi-final of the tournament at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai.
In the second semi-final, South Africa will face the mighty Australians, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Both these sides have looked in good form in the tournament and have played some good cricket as well. In the article, we will look at the best XI of the current edition of the tournament till the group stages.
Here's the best combined XI of the World Cup 2023
11. Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa took his full opportunity and carried the side's bowling line-up by himself as the five-time world champions did not bring any other spinner in the marquee tournament. The leg-spinner is the tournament's leading wicket-taker. He has 22 wickets at an average of 18.91 in nine games. There are no other Australian bowlers in the top ten on this list.
10. Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami was initially not part of the starting XI but since then, the fast bowler has ensured that he is the one who remains in top form for the side. Shami got his tournament underway with a five-wicket haul against New Zealand. He then made a four-fer and another fifer. In total, the Indian has taken 16 wickets in four matches, with an average of just 7.
9. Gerald Coetzee
Gerald Coetzee has grabbed this opportunity and is currently his team's highest wicket-taker in a single World Cup edition, with an outstanding record of 18 wickets at an average of 19.38. He has taken wickets in the middle overs and made an impact in each of the matches he has played in the competition so far.
8. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah has bowled the most dot balls 303 in the World Cup 2023. He has the best economy of 3.65 among the bowlers, who have played more than one match in the tournament and has picked 17 wickets in 9 matches. He bowled brilliantly in the tournament since his return from the injury and has led the bowling attack for India.
7. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja has performed in the 2023 World Cup. He has been the tournament's top spin-bowling all-rounder. The star batter has scored 111 runs in four innings picked up 16 wickets in nine matches and has achieved the record for the most wickets by an Indian spinner in a single edition of the tournament. He picked a fifer against South Africa at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
6. Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell has played two great knocks in the ODI World Cup 2023. He played the best knocks of ODI history while chasing a target of 292 runs against Afghanistan. From 91/7 he scored a double hundred against the Afghans and was unbeaten till the end as well on 201 runs smashing 21 fours and 10 sixes. Maxi also smashed the fastest-ever ODI World Cup hundred in 40 balls against the Netherlands.
5. Rassie van der Dussen
Rassie van der Dussen has been one of the key members of South Africa's brilliant run of the current edition of the World Cup. He has scored two hundred in the tournament and played some brilliant innings for the side as well. The batter has scored 442 runs in 9 matches with an average of 55.25.
4. Rachin Ravindra
Rachin Ravindra is the best finding among the youngsters in the World Cup 2023. With 565 runs in nine matches, the New Zealand batsman is third. He has a strong batting average of 70.62. Rachin became the World Cup's youngest player to achieve the milestone. With knockouts still to come, Ravindra is critical for New Zealand to break their white-ball title drought.
3. Virat Kohli
Kohli has been the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 594 runs in 9 matches with an average of 99.00. He scored two hundred in the tournament and has five fifties to his name. He has played some important knocks for the Men in Blue in the current edition of the competition. In the first match against Australia, he played an exceptional knock of 85 runs when India was struggling at 2/3.
2. Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock is set for an international farewell to ODI post the 2023 World Cup. He has been the most important player for the Proteas as he is the highest run scorer for his side and second in the tournament as he scored 591 runs in nine matches, with an average of 65.66. He has scored 4 centuries tying with Kumar Sangakkara's record of most centuries in a single edition.
1. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma will be the captain of the best XI from the 2023 World Cup's league stage. In the league stage, he led India to nine consecutive victories and became the first Indian skipper to achieve this milestone. Rohit's fearless batting approach at the start of the innings has been key to India's success in the competition. He has 503 runs scored in 9 innings for an average of 55.88.