Australia’s Adam Zampa achieved a significant milestone in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 final against India on Sunday.
The leg-spinner equalled the record of spin maestro Muttiah Muralitharan for the most wickets taken by a spinner in a single edition of the ODI World Cup.
Zampa reached this feat during the 45th over of the Indian innings, delivering a length ball with scrambled seam that caught Jasprit Bumrah in front. Despite securing just one wicket in his spell, the Australian leg-spinner marked a noteworthy milestone.
Throughout the ongoing World Cup, Zampa garnered an impressive tally of 23 wickets in 11 matches. This mirrors the performance of Sri Lankan legend Muralitharan in the 2007 tournament held in the Caribbean, where he also collected 23 wickets.
The list of top spinner wicket-takers in a World Cup:
Adam Zampa - 23 in 2023
Muttiah Muralitharan - 23 in 2007
Brad Hogg - 21 in 2007
Shahid Afridi - 21 in 2011
Shane Warne - 20 in 1999
Australia are cruising in the chase of 241 with Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne dominating. It will be Australia's sixth title if they manage to beat India.
Earlier, India managed to compile 240 runs all-out in precisely 50 overs against Australia, thanks to battling half-centuries by KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. Pat Cummins' decision to field, primarily to avoid handling a dewy ball at night, puzzled many. However, the Australian bowlers, supported by outstanding fielding, curbed their opposition's momentum.
Despite the early dismissal of Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma continued to set the tone for India's batting, as he had throughout the tournament. The Indian captain delivered an entertaining 47, smacking three sixes before falling just before the end of the powerplay.
Kohli and Rahul (66) then partnered in a solid rebuilding effort, even if it meant going 16.1 overs without hitting a boundary. The tournament's leading scorer attained his ninth 50-plus score in 11 innings but was soon dismissed after chopping a Cummins delivery onto his stumps.