Even as Star England batsman Joe Root failed to get a single century in the World Cup 2023 and his performances haven’t been up to his high standards, the 32-year-old still entered record books during his knock of 60 runs against Pakistan.
England faced Pakistan for their last league match in World Cup 2023 on Saturday in Kolkata. They had three half-centurions, one of which was Joe Root, the England number 3 scoring 60 runs in 72 balls and was involved in a big, rebuilding partnership with Ben Stokes, who cracked 84 runs in 76 balls in what is likely to be his last ODI innings.
Joe Root creates record for an England batsman in ODI World Cup
Joe Root became the first-ever England batsman to score 1000 runs in ODI World Cup history. Root’s 60 runs took him to a tally of 1034 runs in the ODI World Cup, which he’s amassed over three editions in 2015, 2019, and 2023.
While the 2015 and 2023 weren’t his best World Cups, Root was England’s highest run-scorer in the 2019 World Cup which they won on home soil and he was a significant contributor to England winning their maiden ODI World Cup title.
Joe Root averages 44 in ODI World Cup across 25 innings. He’s notched up 3 centuries and 6 fifties.
Root ends the World Cup 2023 with 276 runs at an average of only 30 with three half-centuries and no hundred this time.
Speaking on his struggles in the tournament, Root said: “That’s sometimes how it goes. It’s been really disappointing to not be more consistent: that’s what I expect of myself. I looked at the situation against India on that wicket and thought it was laid out perfectly for me to go and win us that game, start turning our bad run of games around.
“I feel really good in my game,” he insisted. “It’s been really frustrating: I’ve had a silly run-out [against Sri Lanka], a caught leg slip [against South Africa] which is pretty unusual in this format,” he added.
Meanwhile, England have posted a good total of 337/9 against Pakistan in Kolkata.