After five weeks of intense action, it all comes down to India vs Australia as the two teams lock horns in the 2023 World Cup final. The summit clash is set to take place at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, November 19th.
India and Australia have arguably been the two best sides in the tournament, with a pretty similar style of play. It promises to be an exciting contest in front of a packed stadium, in what will be a rematch of the 2003 World Cup final two decades later.
As the clock ticks for the biggest match of the year, we take a look at five records that can be broken or tied in the India vs Australia 2023 World Cup final on Sunday.
- 1 Records that can be broken during India vs Australia final
Records that can be broken during India vs Australia final
World record for peak viewership in a cricket match
Indian cricket team and viewership go hand in hand due to the sheer popularity of the sport in the country. The viewership record has been broken twice in the tournament already. The India vs Pakistan match set the record with 3.5 crore concurrent viewers (35 million) before the India vs New Zealand group stage clash garnered 4.3 crore concurrent viewers (43 million).
The semi-final match between India and New Zealand set a new record for peak viewership with 5.3 crore (53 million) concurrent viewers. This record could well be broken on the grandest stage during the India vs Australia match.
Most wins by a team in a World Cup edition
The men in blue have had a remarkable campaign in the 2023 ODI World Cup, reaching the final without losing a single game. They have won 10 matches on the trot and have an opportunity to emulate the golden generation of Australian cricket.
Ricky Ponting’s Australia were undefeated in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup editions, winning 11 games in each edition. Rohit Sharma-led India are just one win away from matching that record and lift the trophy.
Most wickets by a bowler in a World Cup edition
Mitchell Starc currently holds the record for the most number of wickets by a bowler in a single World Cup edition. He had taken 27 wickets in the 2019 tournament. That record will be in the sights for two bowlers in this India vs Australia final.
India's Mohammed Shami has been ridiculously good in the competition, taking 23 wickets in just six games at an average of just 9.13. Then there's Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa who has taken 22 scalps at 21.40 apiece. If these bowlers get on a roll, they could either match or break this record.
Most centuries by a batter in the World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar held the record for the most centuries in the World Cup until Rohit Sharma broke it in the ongoing tournament. The Indian captain registered his seventh century at the World Cup when he hit 131 versus Afghanistan.
David Warner currently has six centuries in his World Cup career and he can level Rohit in the India vs Australia final if the Indian skipper doesn't get a century.
Most runs by a batter in the World Cup
Virat Kohli has broken two records of his idol Tendulkar during the 2023 World Cup, registering his 50th ODI century and in the process, setting a new record for the most runs in a single edition. While Kohli can't break the record for the most runs in World Cup history, as he is 537 runs away from Tendulkar's tally, he can claim the second spot.
Ricky Ponting currently occupies the second place with 1743 runs but Kohli is only two runs away from the tally. He has scored 1741 runs from 36 innings at an average of 60 and strike rate of 88. Expect Kohli to surpass Ponting in the India vs Australia 2023 World Cup final.