South Africa’s dominance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup has not only been marked by their explosive batting and high scores, but also by their record-breaking bowling attack. The Proteas are currently the strongest contenders to hosts India, with six victories out of seven matches, virtually securing their spot in the semi-finals.
In their seventh match against New Zealand, South Africa broke the record for the most sixes in a Men’s Cricket World Cup. This success can largely be attributed to their powerful batting unit, led by Quinton de Kock and a destructive middle-order. Additionally, Marco Jansen, a left-arm quick, has played a crucial role in early breakthroughs, putting the opposition on the backfoot.
Here are some of the jaw-dropping records that South Africa has shattered during their impressive run in the Cricket World Cup:
1. South Africa now holds the record for the most sixes hit by a team in one edition of the Men’s Cricket World Cup. They have smashed 82 sixes in seven matches, surpassing the previous record of 76 held by England in 2019.
2. South Africa has already hit 61 sixes in six matches, putting them on track to surpass Australia’s record of 67 sixes in 2007.
3. Marco Jansen has been exceptional with both bat and ball, taking 12 wickets during the Powerplay, more than any other bowler.
4. Quinton de Kock has been in outstanding form, scoring back-to-back centuries against Sri Lanka and Australia. He currently holds the highest individual score of the tournament with 174 against Bangladesh.
5. South Africa’s batting lineup has equalled the record for the most centuries scored by a team in a Cricket World Cup. With de Kock’s four tons and Rassie van der Dussen’s two, they are now on track to claim the record for themselves.
6. de Kock and van der Dussen have also formed the highest partnership of the tournament, with a 200-run stand against New Zealand. This is their second double-century partnership in this World Cup.
7. de Kock has broken records for the most runs scored at a Cricket World Cup. He currently has 545 runs after seven innings, surpassing Jacques Kallis’s record of 485 in 2007.
8. South Africa has become the first team to score four 350-plus scores in a single Cricket World Cup, achieving this feat against Sri Lanka, England, Bangladesh, and New Zealand. They have scored 350-plus runs a total of nine times in all World Cups, the most in the tournament’s history alongside Australia.
South Africa’s performance in the Men’s Cricket World Cup has been nothing short of exceptional, with the team breaking numerous records and setting new benchmarks. Their powerful batting, destructive bowling, and remarkable partnerships have propelled them to the top of the tournament, making them strong contenders for the title.
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