A tournament of big wins
The percentage of matches (45.83) with one-sided results in 2023 is the joint second-highest for the men’s ODI World Cup, behind the inaugural 1975 edition (53.33). The 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand also had 22 one-sided results in 48 games – the same as in 2023.
No toss advantage
In 42 day-night games, the team winning the toss won the game 16 times. In half of those 42 matches, the team that won the toss chose to bowl but were victorious only eight times. Teams that opted to bat also won only eight out of 21 games. In six day games, the team winning the toss chose to bowl on five occasions and went on to win three times.
Debutants go big
Before Ravindra, Mitchell and Iyer, the only batter to score 500-plus runs in his first World Cup was Jonny Bairstow (532 runs in 2019). Ravindra also became the first batter to score three centuries in his first ODI World Cup.
The top run-getters for Pakistan (Mohammad Rizwan – 395), Afghanistan (Ibrahim Zadran – 376), England (Dawid Malan – 404) and Sri Lanka (Sadeera Samarawickrama – 373) were all playing their first ODI World Cup.
Powering through the powerplay
The 2023 World Cup finished as the highest-scoring World Cup, with a run rate of 5.82, ahead of the 5.65 in 2015. The big totals in the first ten overs of the innings contributed significantly to the overall run rate. The run rate in the first ten overs in 2023 (5.52) was the highest of the seven World Cups since 1999, where ball-by-ball data is available. As much as 21.54 % of the runs in the 2023 World Cup were scored within the first ten overs, the second highest behind the 2003 edition (22.73).
More numbers from the World Cup
0 Hat-tricks for bowlers in this World Cup despite being on the verge of one on 19 occasions. The previous men’s ODI World Cup without a hat-trick was in 1996. As many as ten hat-tricks were taken in World Cups between 1999 and 2019, with at least one in all the six editions. Only one bowler had a hat-trick in the first six World Cups between 1975 and 1996 – Chetan Sharma in 1987.