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Probuddha Bhattacharjee ∙ Updated: Nov 19 2023, 11:04 PM | 5 Min Read

World Cup 2023 | 3 Aussies, 4 Indians - Here is the Best Playing XI of World Cup 2023

image-lp5pxn85Australia won their sixth World Cup title against India (Source: AP Photos)

The 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup has reached its conclusion. Australia emerged victorious in a rather one-sided final against the hosts, India, and laid their hands on the coveted trophy for a record sixth time. 

There have been some outstanding performances in the tournament. In this article, we at OneCricket will try to select the best-playing XI from the tournament.

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Quinton de Kock (wk) (South Africa)

Matches: 10 Runs: 594 Avg: 59.40 50s: 0 100s: 4

Quinton de Kock had a stellar World Cup 2023 with the bat. In 10 matches, he scored four centuries and played a crucial role in their run to the semi-final. De Kock scored 594 runs in the tournament, setting the stage for the team's win in most games. He will be the first opener and wicket-keeper for this match. 

Rohit Sharma (c) (India)

Matches: 11 Runs: 597 Avg: 54.27 50s:3 100s:1

Even though India failed to win their third World Cup trophy, Rohit Sharma did an outstanding job as the team leader. He adopted an attacking approach at the top and laid the platform for the big totals India posted in most matches. 

Sharma scored 597 runs in 11 matches at an average of 54.27. But the best thing to notice was his strike rate, which numbered 125.95, positively influencing the Indian batting line-up at the beginning. 

Middle Order 

Virat Kohli (India)

Matches: 11 Runs: 765 Avg: 95.62 50s: 6 100s:3

Virat Kohli was unarguably the best batter in the World Cup 2023. In 11 matches, he scored 765 runs at an average of 95.62. His consistency at number three was the foundation brick for most of the Indian wins in the tournament. Kohli walks into the team as the number three without a question. 

Shreyas Iyer (India)

Matches: 11 Runs: 530 Avg: 66.25 50s: 3 100s: 2

If Virat Kohli laid the foundations of India's batting performances in the tournament, Shreyas Iyer provided the finishing touches. Iyer scored 530 runs in the tournament at an average of 66.25. But once again, the thing to notice was his strike rate of 113.25. Iyer's attacking approach gave India the advantage in the middle overs. Though there was a lot of competition for this spot, Iyer stole the deal with his show in the marquee event. 

Rachin Ravindra (New Zealand)

Matches: 10 Runs: 578 Avg: 64.22 50s: 2 100s: 3

Rachin Ravindra emerged as the biggest positive for New Zealand in the World Cup 2023. He scored 578 runs in the tournament with two half-centuries and three hundreds.

The most significant part of Ravindra's performance was his adaptability to the situation. He excelled in all the roles the team demanded of him. Ravindra has done it all with an A-plus grade, be it opening or batting in the middle order. 

Daryl Mitchell (New Zealand)

Matches: 10 Runs: 552 Avg: 69.00 50s: 2 100s: 2

Daryl Mitchell was the backbone of the 'Kiwi' batting order. He scored runs consistently whenever he got the chance. Mitchell's record of 552 runs in the tournament from nine innings speaks volumes about his contribution. However, the stellar knock he played in the semi-final against India earned him a spot in this team. 


Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

Matches: 8 Runs: 398 Wickets: 5 Batting Avg: 66.33 Bowling Economy: 4.72

Glenn Maxwell stood out with his contribution to the ball in the tournament. However, his unbelievable effort of 201* against Afghanistan, which kept Australia alive in the tournament, strengthens his claim to a spot in this team. 


Adam Zampa (Australia)

Matches: 11 Wickets: 23 Avg: 22.39 Economy: 5.48

Australia arrived in India with just one conventional spinner, Adam Zampa. But he played his role to perfection and emerged as the highest wicket-taker for the team in the tournament. Zampa's spells in the middle-overs kept Australia ahead of their opponents in the middle-overs of most matches. 

Mohammed Shami (India)

Matches: 7 Wickets: 24 Avg: 10.70 Economy: 5.26

Mohammed Shami emerged as the match-winner for India throughout the tournament. He looked destructive with the ball, picking up crucial wickets and bowling game-changing spells. Shami was undoubtedly the tournament's best bowler and gets an automatic walk-in to the team. 

Dilshan Madushanka (Sri Lanka)

Matches: 9 Wickets: 21 Avg: 25.00 Economy: 6.70

The only Sri Lankan player who earned a spot in this team was Dilshan Madushanka. He picked up 21 wickets in nine matches and looked like the only bowler from the team who could change the match's complexion. 

Gerald Coetzee (South Africa)

Matches: 8 Wickets: 20 Avg: 19.80 Economy: 6.24

Gerald Coetzee emerged as a wicket-taker in the World Cup 2023. He picked up 20 wickets in the tournament in just eight matches. Even in the semi-final, when the other bowlers failed to impress, Coetzee looked like the only one who could pick up wickets. His impressive show gets him a spot in the team of the tournament. 

12th Man

Travis Head (Australia)

Travis Head played a brilliant knock of 137 runs from 120 balls in the final of the tournament. His innings ensured that Australia never suffered a major slip-up during the chase. He would have made it to the playing XI but then sitting De Kock out would have taken away the wicket-keeping option. So, Head makes it to the team of the tournament as the twelfth man. 

Best Playing XI for World Cup 2023

  1. Quinton de Kock (wk) (SA)
  2. Rohit Sharma (c) (IND)
  3. Virat Kohli (IND)
  4. Shreyas Iyer (IND
  5. Rachin Ravindra (NZ)
  6. Daryl Mitchell (NZ)
  7. Glenn Maxwell (AUS)
  8. Adam Zampa (AUS)
  9. Mohammed Shami (IND)
  10. Dilshan Madushanka (SL)
  11. Geral Coetzee (SA)

Twelfth Man: Travis Head