Joe Root breaks Graham Gooch's 31-year-old World Cup record with dazzling knock against Bangladesh
In ODI World Cups, Joe Root is the first hitter from England to score more than 900 runs. The former record-holder, Gooch, scored 897 runs in 21 games.
Joe Root made history on Tuesday by surpassing all previous English run scorers in the ICC ODI World Cup. The former England captain surpassed Graham Gooch's record during the seventh World Cup 2023 match between Bangladesh and England in Dharamsala. Root's World Cup score now stands at 917 runs in only 19 matches as he blasted 82 off 68 balls to follow up his 77-run innings against New Zealand in England's World Cup 2023 opener.
In ODI World Cups, he is the first batsman from England to score more than 900 runs. The former record holder, Gooch, scored 897 runs in 21 games throughout the period of 1979 to 1992. Gooch's average was 44.85, whereas Root's was 57.
Ian Bell, with 718 runs, is ranked third for England, ahead of Allan Lamb (656 runs) and Graeme Hick (635 runs). But Root is really a class apart. With his current form, it seems likely that this might be the right-hander's best ODI World Cup. This is the right-hander's third World Cup overall.
In an amazing show of strokeplay, the right-hander smashed eight fours and a six, good for a strike rate of 120. The most notable aspect of Root's batting over the past year or so has been the way he has redesigned it. These days, he frequently bats with a reverse sweep, a ramp shop, or a scoop over the fine leg. After he got his eyes in, he actually tried at least one of those shots once per ten balls.
His collapse came from his desire to add faster runs to the total, just as he was poised to score his fourth World Cup century.
Dawid Malan, however, had the best innings for England. Bangladesh chose to bowl first, and Malan's 107-ball-140 laid the foundation for England's respectable score.
Bangladesh's bowlers were unable to duplicate their outstanding performance from the previous game against Afghanistan.
Together with Jonny Bairstow (52 off 59 balls), Malan contributed 115 runs for the first wicket. With Root, he added another 151 runs in just 19.3 overs to set up the massive 364/9.
The bowlers from Bangladesh did stage a partial recovery towards the end of the innings when England suffered a mini-slump that saw them lose seven wickets for 68 runs, preventing them from achieving the 400-run target.
Towards the conclusion of the innings, off-spinner Mahedi Hasan (4/71) recovered effectively from an early hammering by left-arm seamer Shoriful Islam (3/75) with some subtle variations.
However, it was a Malan show throughout, as the southpaw who was born in South Africa scored his sixth century in just 23 innings.
Malan has scored 96, 127, 14, and 140 runs in the last four One-Day International innings. 16 fours and 5 sixes in his innings.