Due to their current six-hitting binge, South Africa broke yet another record on Wednesday by recording the most maximums ever scored in an ODI World Cup event. The Proteas’ hitters smashed the opposition side, New Zealand, with fifteen sixes during their seventh match at the main event, raising their total for the competition to 83 maximums. The Temba Bavuma-led team’s incredible achievement saw them break England’s record of 76 sixes, which was set in 2019 when the Englishmen were declared champions. South Africa beat England’s ODI World Cup record for sixes
South Africa beat England’s ODI World Cup record for sixes
It took South Africa just seven innings to reach this milestone, but it took England eleven innings. With 68 sixes in the 2015 World Cup, West Indies took third place on the list; Australia came in fourth in the 2007 tournament. Meanwhile, in the 2023 World Cup, South Africa amassed another total beyond 300 runs, courtesy to remarkable centuries from Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen.
De Kock has scored four centuries in seven innings, extending his incredible performance. He now stands just one century short of matching India’s Rohit Sharma’s record of five centuries in a single World Cup, set in 2019. De Kock, who has 545 runs from seven innings at an average of 77.85, is also the first batter in the ongoing event to score more than 500 runs.
During a mid-innings talk, De Kock said to the announcers, “I am feeling really good lately.” It’s nice that everything is aligning at this crucial juncture for us. He acknowledged that he had trouble getting into a rhythm and that New Zealand was really outstanding with the new ball.
Trent Boult in particular bowled pretty well up front. I was having trouble finding my rhythm, felt a little scratchy up front, and had a few messages from the men warming up to bat through. All I want to do is keep pitching.