ICC World Cup Matches – Most Runs
ODI World Cups hold a special place in cricketers’ careers. Players are keen to perform in World Cups and the ones who do are regarded as the best among the lot. It’s the pressure and excitement of playing a World Cup that the cricketers love the most.
In this article, we are going to talk about the top 5 batsmen with most runs in World Cup history and then we will take a look at the top run-getters in the recently concluded ODI World Cup in 2019.
- Top 5 Batsmen with Most Runs in World Cup History
- Top 10 Run-Scorers of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Top 5 Batsmen with Most Runs in World Cup History
1. SR Tendulkar (IND)
Sachin Tendulkar played 6 ODI World Cups in the 24-year long career from 1989 to 2013. He made his World Cup debut during the 1992 World Cup. His last World Cup was played in 2011 in India when he finally lifted the coveted trophy.
In 45 World Cup matches, Sachin Tendulkar scored 2278 runs – the most in world cups – at an average of 56.95 and a strike rate of close to 90. He also made the most 50-plus scores in World Cups at 21 with 6 centuries and 21 fifties. The 2003 World Cup in South Africa was his best when Sachin scored 673 runs at an average of 61.18 in 11 matches with 1 hundred and 6 fifties.
2. RT Ponting (AUS)
Ricky Ponting has been a part of 5 World Cups for Australia since 1999. Australia won 4 of them. As a captain, he won two World Cups for the Aussies in 2003 and 2007 – only captain after Clive Lloyd to win two World Cups.
Ricky Ponting is the second-highest run-scorer in world cups. In 46 matches, he scored 1743 runs at 45.86 average and a strike rate close to 80 with 5 centuries and 6 fifties. The 2007 World Cup was his best when he scored 539 runs at an average of 67.37 with 1 century and 4 fifties. His 140 not-out in a match-winning effort against India in the 2003 World Cup final was his best World Cup innings.
3. KC Sangakkara (SL)
Kumar Sangakkara represented Sri Lanka in 4 ODI World Cups starting from the one in South Africa in 2003. He captained Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent. In his presence, Sri Lanka reached the finals twice but could not win the trophy.
Sangakkara is third on the list of the highest run-getters in World Cups with 1532 runs at an average of 56.74 and a strike rate of 86.55 – including 5 centuries and 7 fifties. The 2015 World Cup was his best where he scored 541 runs in just 7 matches at an astonishing average of 108.20, scoring 4 consecutive centuries in the process. In 2011 as well, Sangakkara scored 465 at an average of 93.
4. BC Lara (WI)
Brian Lara is fourth on this list with 1225 runs in 34 matches in 5 World Cups since 1992. He played World Cups for the West Indies until 2007. He captained the West Indies in two World Cups – in 1999 and his last one, in 2007.
Lara scored runs at an average of 42.24 – the lowest among the top 5 run-scorers – and with a strike rate of 86.26. He made 2 centuries – neither happened when he was captain – and 7 half-centuries in the World Cup. The aggregate of 333 at an average of 47.57 was his best tally in the World Cups. In terms of average, the 1996 World Cup was his best with him scoring 269 runs at an average of 53.80.
5. AB de Villiers (SA)
AB de Villiers has played just 3 ODI World Cups, in 2007, 2011 and 2015 and has played the least number of matches among the top 10 run-scorers in World Cups.
De Villiers has scored 1207 runs in 23 World Cup matches at an average of 63.52 and a strike rate of 117.29 – both highest among this list. He has 4 hundreds and 6 fifties. The 2015 ODI World Cup was his best with 482 runs at an average of 96.40 followed by the 2011 World Cup with 353 runs in just 5 games at an average of 88.25. His 162 not-out against the West Indies at Sydney is the highest score in World Cups. De Villiers hit 17 fours and 8 sixes in that innings.
Top 10 Run-Scorers of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
The last World Cup took place in 2019 from May to July with England winning the cup most bizarrely. The World Cup witnessed many centuries, high individual and team scores, ample fours and huge sixes. Let’s take a look at the top 10 scorers of the 2019 edition of the World Cup. There are actually 11 batsmen in the list as Jason Roy and Virat Kolhi are tied at the last spot.
The List contains 4 Englishmen, 2 Indians, 2 Aussies and 1 player each from Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand. Let’s start with Rohit Sharma who went into the record books for scoring the most number of centuries (5) in a World Cup.
1. Rohit Sharma (IND)
Playing his second ODI World Cup in 2019, Rohit Sharma became the top run-scorer with an aggregate of 648 runs in 9 matches at an average of 81 and a strike rate close to 100. Rohit Sharma scored 5 centuries – the most in a single World Cup edition – and one half-century. Three of the centuries came in consecutive matches against England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
By the end of the World Cup, Rohit Sharma hit 67 fours – highest in the 2019 World Cup and 14 sixes – third-highest after Morgan and Finch. His highest score in the 2019 World Cup – 140 of 113 deliveries – came in a winning cause against Pakistan in the league stage.
2. David Warner (AUS)
Just one run behind Rohit Sharma, David Warner is second on the list of the highest run-scorers in the 2019 World Cup with a tally of 647 runs in 10 matches. He scored those runs at an average of 71.88 and a strike rate close 90 – well below his usual strike rate.
Coming back into the side after a one-year ban, David Warner played sensibly in this World Cup. He hit 3 hundreds and 3 fifties in 10 innings. The centuries came against Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa, while the 166 against Bangladesh was his highest score in the World Cup.
3. Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)
Shakib Al Hasan had a tremendous 2019 World Cup with both bat and ball. With 606 runs to his name, he became the third-highest run-scorer in the World Cup.
Shakib scored those runs at an average of 86.57 – the best achieved in the World Cup – and a strike rate of 96.03. He single-handedly carried Bangladesh through the World Cup by scoring 2 centuries – against England and the West Indies – and 5 half-centuries. His 124 not-out against the West Indies was his highest score in the World Cup. Shakib’s lowest score in the tournament was 41.
4. Kane Williamson (NZ)
The New Zealand captain Kane Williamson who won the Man of the Tournament award in 2019 was the fourth-highest run-scorer in the 2019 World Cup edition.
Williamson scored 578 runs at an average of 82.57 – second-highest in the World Cup – and a strike rate of about 75. He was calculative and scored at the pace needed on the day of the match. He scored 2 centuries – against South Africa and the West Indies – in addition to a couple of half-centuries. The 148 against the West Indies eventually proved crucial for them. It was a sad ending for him in the finals as England won the World Cup by the boundary rule after a tie.
5. Joe Root (ENG)
Joe Root, the World-Cup-winning England captain, is 5th on the list of the highest run-scorers in the 2019 World Cup. He played 11 matches to score 556 runs at an average of 61.77 and a strike rate of close to 90. He scored 2 hundreds – against Pakistan and the West Indies – and 3 fifties.
His highest score of 107 came in an unsuccessful chase of a target of 349 against Pakistan. Root failed in the World Cup final scoring just 7 runs but eventually had the privilege to lift the trophy.
6. Jonny Bairstow (ENG)
Jonny Bairstow, the opener of the World-Cup-winning English team, had a good tournament with the bat in patches. Just behind captain Joe Root, Bairstow scored 532 runs at an average of 48.36 – the lowest among the participants of this list – and a strike rate of 92.84.
Bairstow scored 2 centuries and 2 fifties in the 11 innings in the World Cup. He also hit 67 fours – joint-highest with Rohit Sharma – and 11 sixes. He scored consecutive centuries against India and New Zealand in the closing stages of the league matches. The 111 against India was Bairstow’s highest score in the tournament.
7. Aaron Finch (AUS)
Aron Finch, the Australian opener and captain, who was struggling with the form before the start of the World Cup, is 7th on the list of the highest run-scorers of the 2019 World Cup.
Finch scored 507 runs in 10 innings at an average of 50.70 and a strike rate of 102.01 – second-highest on this list. He hit 48 fours and 18 towering sixes – second-most behind Eoin Morgan – in the World Cup. Finch hit a couple of centuries – against Sri Lanka and England – and 3 half-centuries. The 153 against Sri Lanka at the Oval was his highest score in the tournament.
8. Babar Azam (PAK)
Babar Azam, the new age batting sensation from Pakistan, is the 8th one on the list of the highest run-scorers in the 2019 World Cup with 474 runs to his name. He scored those runs in just 8 innings at an average of 67.71 and a strike rate of 87.77.
Azam scored one century – against New Zealand – in addition to three half-centuries. He missed out on a century against Bangladesh when he was dismissed on 96. The 101 not out in a successful chase against New Zealand was his highest score in the World Cup.
9. Ben Stokes (ENG)
Ben Stokes, the hero of the World Cup and Man of the Match in finals, who single-handedly changed the course of the finals, is at number 9 on the list of the highest run-scorers in the World Cup.
Stokes scored 465 runs in 10 innings at an average of 66.42 without a single century. He scored at a good strike rate of 93.18. He had 5 half-centuries in the World Cup and was always the crisis man for England. His 84 not-out in the finals helped England throughout the game which they won on boundary rule after the super also ended in a tie.
10. Jason Roy (ENG)
Jason Roy, the fourth Englishman and another opener, is the joint 10th on the list of leading run-scorers in the 2019 ODI World Cup. Jason Roy scored 443 runs at an average of 63.28 in just 7 World Cup innings. He had to miss a few games due to injury. He scored at a strike rate of 115.36 – the highest among this list.
Roy scored 1 century – 153 against Bangladesh – and 4 fifties in just 7 innings. He hit 51 fours and 12 sixes in the World Cup. His presence at the top helped England to go all the way.
10. Virat Kohli (IND)
Joint-highest at the 10th spot is the Indian captain Virat Kohli. He also scored 443 runs in 9 innings at an average of 55.37 and a strike rate of 94.05. It was surprising to see him getting no centuries for someone who deals in centuries on a regular basis. It was partly because Rohit Sharma was hitting centuries at the top. Kohli scored 5 half-centuries though. The 82 against Australia was his highest score in the World Cup. He, along with the top order, failed in the semifinals against New Zealand and that was the end of the campaign for India.
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