A carnival that lasted for over a month and one that had the entire cricketing universe glued to it, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 broke records and set new benchmarks on its way. While Australia showed their champion mentality to win a sixth world title, the World Cup also saw our Titans entertain in equal measure, albeit in different colours. 
The Indian squad felt our Titans’ impact with both the ball and the bat. While our skipper, Hardik Pandya, had to sit out of the majority of the competition following an ankle injury while bowling against Bangladesh early in the World Cup, pace ace Mohammad Shami wreaked havoc to finish the tournament as the highest wicket-taker with 24 scalps to his name. The World Cup also saw Shami become the first Indian to claim 50+ wickets at the World Cup, placing him sixth on the all-time list.
Meanwhile, Shubman Gill continued with his fierce batting form into the World Cup, helping India to phenomenal scores along with skipper Rohit Sharma. The Indian cricket team built on the starts that the duo provided to pile pressure on the opposition throughout the competition. His 354 runs from nine innings at an average of over 40 was a testament to the influence that the 24-year-old can have on a batting line-up.
Our Titans also had a telling effect on the fortunes of their respective national teams.
David Miller stayed true to his style and scored runs in plenty to take South Africa into the semi-finals of the World Cup. Striking at an average of over 40, Killer Miller scored 356 runs in his 10 innings, which included a century against Australia. Meanwhile, the ever-smiling Kane Williamson too showcased in class in the few opportunities that came his way. 
Having to sit out of the majority of the World Cup due to a thumb fracture sustained during a warm-up match, Kane Williamson made a fine comeback for New Zealand with a timely 95 against Pakistan and later gave India a scare as he, along with Daryl Mitchell, threatened to take the semi-final game away from the Indians. His wicket in the latter half of the innings proved crucial as Rohit Sharma’s men marched into the final.
The Afghan Titans too made headlines with Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad contributing to their team’s cause at the World Cup. While Rashid was effective with both bat and the ball, including a blitz against the Aussies at the Wankhede, Noor helped keep things tight in the limited opportunities that came his way. Dasun Shanaka too left his mark in the two matches he played for Sri Lanka scoring 80 runs.