Mitchell Starc, the Australian fast bowler, has been a dominant force in previous World Cups and started the 2023 tournament with a bang. 

He was the leading wicket-taker in both the 2015 and 2019 editions, with an outstanding record of 22 wickets at an average of 10.18 and an economy rate of 3.50 in 2015, which was equal-best with Trent Boult. 

Starc continued his outstanding performance in 2019, claiming 27 wickets, six ahead of the next-best bowler, even though Australia didn't reach the final.

However, in the 2023 World Cup, with six innings to spare, Starc achieved the record for the fastest 50 Cricket World Cup wickets. He overtook Lasith Malinga, dismissing India's opener Ishan Kishan for a golden duck in Australia's first match of the tournament. 

Malinga, the canny Sri Lankan quick, took 25 innings to reach 50 wickets in Cricket World Cups, with Glenn McGrath and Muttiah Muralitharan next in line, reaching the milestone in 30 innings.

Markram's Furious Century: Redefining Fastest CWC Hundred

For more than a decade, Kevin O'Brien's 50-ball century in the 2011 World Cup against England remained untouched. However, it took Aiden Markram of South Africa just 51 balls to break this long-standing record at the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India.

In a remarkable display of power-hitting, Markram scored the fastest century in ICC Men's Cricket World Cup history, helping South Africa secure a crucial victory over Sri Lanka. Markram's 14 fours and three sixes showcased his aggressive approach. 

With several players threatening to break this record in the current tournament, Markram's achievement is a testament to the evolution of the modern game.

Notable performances from players like Rohit Sharma and Kusal Mendis, who have scored centuries in 63 and 65 balls, respectively, indicate the high-scoring nature of the 2023 World Cup, even as pitches may slow down over time.

South Africa's Monumental Total: Setting the Bar High

Aiden Markram's incredible century was the highlight of an extraordinary innings that propelled South Africa to a massive total of 428/5 in the 2023 World Cup. This stunning achievement was the highest team total ever recorded in the history of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup.

After a measured start in the opening ten overs, South Africa shifted gears and scored at a rate of seven runs per over between overs 11 and 20. 

They escalated their scoring further with 88 runs in the next ten overs. In a breathtaking final ten-over blitz, they accumulated 137 runs, demonstrating their explosive power-hitting.

Apart from Markram, Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock also notched centuries, making it the first time in ODI history, and the first in the Cricket World Cup, where a team's scorecard featured three centuries. 

The match also witnessed a record-breaking 107 boundaries, marking the highest aggregate runs for a men's ODI World Cup match, surpassing the previous record set in 2019.

Pakistan's Pioneering Chase: A New Milestone

The ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 witnessed a historic chase as Pakistan successfully hunted down a target of 345 runs against Sri Lanka. This remarkable victory was the highest successful chase in the history of the World Cup.

Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique played outstanding innings, scoring centuries and anchoring the chase after an early wicket. Shafique's poise and Rizwan's brilliance were on full display as they combined for a partnership of 176 runs, combining power and finesse.

Despite Shafique's departure after a stellar 113 runs from 103 balls, Rizwan's unbeaten 131 from 121 balls, supported by Iftikhar Ahmed's quick 22* off 10 balls, enabled Pakistan to achieve this historic chase with 10 balls to spare. 

This thrilling chase showcased Pakistan's batting depth and the ability to achieve extraordinary feats under pressure.

Rohit Sharma's Historic Feat: Most CWC Hundreds and International Sixes

Indian cricket star Rohit Sharma made history with a magnificent performance in the 2023 Cricket World Cup. In a high-scoring match against Afghanistan, Rohit blazed his way to a breathtaking century, scoring 131 runs from just 84 balls. 

His brilliant innings featured 16 fours and five sixes, allowing India to comfortably surpass Afghanistan's total of 272 with 90 balls to spare.

Rohit's seventh Cricket World Cup century took him past the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored six centuries in World Cup matches. What's even more remarkable is that Rohit achieved this record in just 19 innings, as compared to Tendulkar's 44 innings. 

This astonishing feat further solidified Rohit Sharma's reputation as one of the finest ODI batsmen in the history of the sport.

As the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 unfolds, fans and cricket enthusiasts can expect more extraordinary records to be made and broken. 

The competition promises to be a showcase of talent and innovation, where the boundaries of possibility continue to be pushed.

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