India aims to keep their unbeaten streak going in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 as they face off against the Netherlands in Bengaluru on Sunday. Here are five possible records Indian players can set on the festive occasion of Diwali.
India’s exceptional performances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 have been truly impressive, with eight consecutive wins securing them a spot in the semi-finals. Before their crucial semi-final clash against New Zealand in Mumbai, the hosts will take on the Netherlands on Diwali, November 12, in Bengaluru. Even though the outcome of the match won’t affect their qualification, India is determined to maintain their flawless record and carry momentum into the semi-finals.
Playing on Diwali adds a festive touch to the occasion, giving the Indian team a chance to celebrate on this special day. Several potential records await to be broken during the India vs Netherlands game, setting the stage for historic achievements:
Virat Kohli’s 50th ODI Century:
Virat Kohli, having equaled Sachin Tendulkar’s record with his 49th ODI century, is aiming to reach the historic 50-ton mark. A century on Diwali would not only break Tendulkar’s record but also elevate Kohli to an unparalleled milestone.
First Indian Team to Win 9 Matches in a WC Edition:
A victory against the Netherlands would mark India’s ninth consecutive win in the 2023 ODI World Cup, surpassing the previous best of eight wins by the 2003 team led by Sourav Ganguly.
Most ODI Sixes in a Calendar Year:
Rohit Sharma, with 58 sixes in 2023, aims to surpass AB de Villiers’ record for the most ODI sixes in a calendar year.
Most Sixes in ODI World Cup Matches:
Rohit Sharma is looking to break the record for the most sixes in ODI World Cup history, requiring five or more to surpass Chris Gayle’s tally of 49.
ODI Centuries Against 11 Countries:
If either Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma hits a century against the Netherlands, they will join an elite group of cricketers (Sachin Tendulkar, Hashim Amla, and Chris Gayle) to score ODI hundreds against 11 nations.
As India aims for these milestones, Diwali could witness not only festive lights but also the illumination of cricketing records in this enthralling clash against the Netherlands.