In the ICC World Cup 2023, Virat Kohli’s outstanding performance has been nothing short of historic. Scoring a remarkable average of over 101 and a strike rate of over 90, he has amassed 711 runs in just 10 matches, showcasing his skill. His three centuries and five half-centuries make him the leading run-scorer in the tournament.

Not only has Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s 2003 record for the most runs in a World Cup edition, but he has also left a greater impact with his runs in this tournament. Kohli, a stalwart in India’s strong batting lineup, has consistently shown his prowess. Whether it’s his 85 runs against Australia, an unbeaten 55* against Afghanistan, a splendid 103* against Bangladesh, or 95 runs against New Zealand, Kohli has proven himself as a master in every match.

Leading India’s bowling attack, Mohammad Shami has risen to the top of the wicket-takers list with 23 wickets in just six matches. His exceptional performance includes a remarkable 5/54 against New Zealand, 4/22 against England, 5/18 against Sri Lanka, 2/18 against South Africa, and a stunning 7/57 against New Zealand in the semi-final. Shami’s contributions have been instrumental in India’s success.

In critical moments, when India faced tough opposition like New Zealand and England, Shami’s bowling played a crucial role in securing victories by 100 runs and 302 runs, respectively. In the semi-final, facing a challenging partnership between Ken Williamson and Daryl Mitchell, Shami broke through with a 181-run partnership, bringing India back into the game.

Amidst Kohli and Shami’s stellar performances, the question arises

Who should be the player of the tournament? Considering Shami’s outstanding impact, especially in breaking crucial partnerships, he deserves the title of Player of the Tournament in the ICC World Cup 2023. His ability to make a difference with every ball bowled has been remarkable.

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