As of Monday, the start of the ICC World Cup in India, fans can anticipate a deluge of runs over the course of the next month and a half.
It was very clear that this was the case during the warm-up games, since there were many instances in which scores of 300 or more were deemed inadequate. For example, New Zealand was able to chase down Pakistan’s score of 345 with eight overs still to spare and a large number of wickets in hand.
In a separate warm-up match, Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka’s score of 264 with relative ease. Pakistan, on the other side, came close to catching up to Australia’s score of 351, but in the end, they were 14 runs short of the mark with more than two overs still to play.
The reigning world champions Their first warm-up game against India, in which no balls were bowled, was rained out, thus England did not have much of a chance to display the new batting style that they have developed since the 2015 World Cup. India is hosting this year’s tournament.
However, an exciting English batting team, with their “no holds barred” credo, showed hints of their power-hitting skills in the game that they were playing against Bangladesh, which was curtailed in length due to rain. They were supposed to score 197 runs in 37 overs, but they did it in just over 24 overs. This is despite the fact that Bangladeshi pacers were taking frequent wickets, and it is a preview of what can happen in the main game.
In the first game, which will take place today in Ahmedabad against New Zealand, England will undoubtedly bring the elegance and the substance that have driven others to follow in their footsteps.
In addition, the wickets in India are far more favourable to hitters than they were in the past, and since 2015, they have been using two fresh white balls throughout each innings, with one being used from each end. This should result in a significant increase in the number of runs scored. Batter’s are able to pound the balls with their more strong willows because the balls maintain their hardness for a longer period of time.
A stunning 276 runs have been scored in the first innings of one-day internationals played in India since the conclusion of the last World Cup.
Conditions in this region of the globe are no longer a mystery, thanks to the fact that the glitzy Indian Premier League has evolved into an annual gathering of players from across the world for the slam-bang Twenty20 competition.
In light of all of these considerations and the strong batting lines that virtually all of the 10 competing nations have, it is possible that the number of runs scored during this World Cup will far surpass anyone’s wildest dreams.
The 2015 World Cup, which was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, set a record by producing over 26,500 runs throughout 49 games, making it the most productive World Cup in the competition’s history.
The most recent competition, which took place in England in 2019, had well over 22,000 runs scored over 48 games. The seaming conditions in England may have contributed to this high run total.
But in India, where the scene is being set for pyrotechnics, fans of cricket may witness 350-run records broken with more frequency than was previously imagined, and the total number of runs may surpass the benchmark that was established in 2015.