Joe Root Makes History: England’s Leading Run-Scorer in ICC ODI World Cups

In a historic moment, Joe Root became England’s leading run-scorer in ICC ODI World Cups, surpassing Graham Gooch’s record during the England vs Bangladesh match in the 2023 World Cup.

Joe Root becomes England's all-time leading run scorer in ICC ODI World Cups
Joe Root becomes England’s all-time leading run scorer in ICC ODI World Cups. (Photo:-twitter)

In a historic feat, Joe Root etched his name in cricket history by becoming England’s all-time leading run-scorer in ICC ODI World Cups. The landmark moment unfolded during the England vs Bangladesh clash in the 2023 World Cup, where Root’s dynamic innings of 82, combined with his earlier 77 against New Zealand, propelled his World Cup tally to an impressive 917 runs in just 19 matches.

This remarkable achievement positioned Root as the first English batter to breach the coveted 900-run mark, eclipsing the previous record held by Graham Gooch, who amassed 897 runs in 21 matches between 1979 and 1992 with an average of 44.85.

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What makes Root’s contribution even more noteworthy is his evolved batting style, featuring inventive shots like the reverse sweep and fine-leg scoops. During this innings, he displayed an aggressive approach, hitting eight fours and a six at a striking rate of 120. Despite being on course for his fourth World Cup hundred, Root’s quest for quick runs ultimately led to his dismissal, adding an element of drama to an already historic match.

However, the spotlight wasn’t solely on Root, as Dawid Malan took center stage with a spectacular performance, scoring a formidable 140 runs off 107 balls. Malan’s innings served as the cornerstone of England’s substantial total of 364/9, forming pivotal partnerships with Jonny Bairstow (52 off 59 balls) and Root along the way.

Despite Bangladesh’s bowlers, notably left-arm seamer Shoriful Islam and off-spinner Mahedi Hasan, making a commendable comeback during the latter part of the innings, restricting England to 364/9, it was Malan’s dominant display that defined the match.

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This victory, fueled by Joe Root‘s record-breaking achievement and Malan’s stellar innings, not only secured England’s strong position in the 2023 World Cup but also set an optimistic tone for their campaign, hinting at a potentially triumphant tournament ahead.

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