The ODI cricket witnessed a super over for the first time in its history as the final between England and New Zealand was tied at Lord’s after each team ended up with 241 runs on the board. The possibility of super over in ODIs is extremely rare as it does not regularly feature in the playing conditions and is mostly used for tied semi-finals and finals only. In the end, even super over couldn’t produce a winner as both teams scored 15 off it. England were declared World Cup winners on the basis of hitting more boundaries in the match and super over.
Some other one-day internationals that got close to having a super over are Asia Cup Final 2018 between India and Bangladesh in Dubai and the Champions Trophy 2013 Final between England and India in Birmingham.
In the 142 years history of international cricket, there are just two batsmen who have registered five centuries in one series or tournament. First was Sir Clyde Walcott of West Indies in a Test series against Australia in 1955 and the second is Rohit Sharma, who hit five tons in World Cup 2019. Sharma started the tournament for India with 122 not out against South Africa and then scored four more centuries– 140 against Pakistan, 102 against England, 104 against Bangladesh and 103 against Sri Lanka. The India opener finished the tournament with 648 runs, most by any batsman.
With 606 runs as a batsman and 11 wickets as a bowler, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is the first player in the World Cup history to accumulate 500plus runs and account for 10plus wickets in one edition. Such was his consistency with the bat that he passed fifty in 7 out of eight innings and converted two of those into hundreds. He also became only the second player – first being Yuvraj Singh in 2011 – to achieve a double of 50 runs and 5 wickets in the same World Cup match when he grabbed 5 for 29 against Bangladesh after having struck 51 while batting.
England’s opening batsman Jonny Bairstow marked the first instance of a batsman scoring 500plus runs in his first World Cup. Bairstow ended the tournament with 532 runs in 11 innings - staggering numbers considering he started his World Cup career with a golden duck. The next best batsman in this list is Pakistan’s Babar Azam who amassed 474 runs in eight innings, also in this World Cup. Third on the list is India’s Rahul Dravid with 461 runs in the 1999 tournament.
The 19 years old Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi became the youngest in World Cup history to take a 5-wicket haul when he dismissed 6 Bangladesh batsmen for 35 runs at Lord’s. Shaheen finished the tournament with 16 wickets in just five games. No other teenager has taken as many wickets in a single edition of World Cup. Shaheen’s figures 6-35 against Bangladesh were also the best for Pakistan in World Cup matches beating 5-16 by Shahid Afridi against Kenya in Hambantota in 2011.
The England all-rounder Ben Stokes remarkably bowled 305 deliveries (equal to 50.5 overs) in the tournament without being hit for a single six. That is by far the most by a bowler as the next in the line is Afghanistan’s Hamid Hassan (156 balls without conceding a six). While Stokes was decent with the ball taking 7 wickets, he will remember the tournament for scoring 465 runs at an average of 66.42, including 84 not out in the final.
Although Carlos Brathwaite couldn’t cross the finishing line, his partnership of 41 runs with Oshane Thomas for the last wicket against New Zealand in Manchester was the highest stand in World Cup history in which one batsman didn’t score any run. Brathwaite scored all of 41 by himself and fell just six runs short of the target as he was caught at the boundary by Trent Boult. Interestingly, the previous highest world cup partnership with no contribution from one batsman was 26 between Stokes and Mark Wood against Sri Lanka which happened only a day before.
The England captain Eoin Morgan’s 148 off 71 balls against Afghanistan in Manchester featured 17 sixes making him the first batsman in ODI history to score 100plus runs in an innings with the help of sixes. Morgan showed no mercy against Afghan bowlers especially Rashid Khan hitting him for 7 sixes, the most by a batsman against one bowler in an ODI. Rashid ended up leaking 110 runs off nine overs, the most expensive spell in WC history.
The Sri Lanka opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne’s innings of 52 not out in his team’s first match of the tournament against New Zealand in Cardiff turned out to be only the second instance of batsman carrying the bat in a World Cup match. Karunratne remained unbeaten as the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 136. The only other player to carry bat in the tournament history is West Indies’ wicketkeeper-batsman Ridley Jacobs – 49 not out against Australia in Manchester in 1999.
When the leg-spinner Imran Tahir opened the bowling for South Africa in the first match against England at The Oval, it was first time in 12 editions of Cricket World Cup that the first over of the tournament was bowled by a slow bowler. Tahir struck with his second ball handing Bairstow a first-ball duck. However, spinners in the tournament didn’t have much to write home about. Of 29 bowlers who took 10plus wickets in the tournament, only five were slow bowlers. Moreover, there is no spinner in the top 15 wicket-takers of World Cup 2019.