Highest Run Scorers in ICC World Cup History – The biggest prize in the game of cricket is the ICC Cricket World Cup. The tournament is held every 4 years. The last ICC World Cup was hosted by Australia in 2015. The excitement of the tournament is increasing as we are approaching towards the 2019 Cricket World Cup which will be hosted by England. So here we are sharing some stats which are usually trending during the tournament. Here we are sharing a list of the highest run scorer in ICC World Cup.
The records made during the World Cup are considered as the greatest due to immense pressure on the players. Every nation has their own expectations from their star batsman to perform at the highest platform. So let’s check which batsmen have lived up to their fans expectations.
Top 10 Highest Run Scorers in ICC World Cup History
1. Sachin Tendulkar
The Indian legend, Sachin Tendulkar, who is considered as the GOD of Cricket tops the list in scoring most runs in ICC Cricket World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar has been part of total six World Cup from which he achieved to win the trophy once in 2011. From 44 innings, Tendulkar managed to score 2278 runs with an average of 56.95. With a strike rate of around 89, Tendulkar also managed to score 6 centuries. Sachin Tendulkar’s 152 vs Nambia in 2003 ICC World Cup is his best score in World Cup.
2. Ricky Ponting
With no doubt, former Australian skipper batsmen Ricky Ponting is expected to be in top five. The two time World Cup champion has scored 1743 runs in 46 innings. Ponting managed to score all these runs at an average of 46 and strike rate of 80.
3. Kumar Sangakkara
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman, Kumar Sangakkara has been an important asset for Sri Lankan cricket in all important tournaments. The left-handed top order batsmen scored 1532 runs in 35 innings in World Cup. Sangakkara not only scored runs but scored at a good pace. As per the records, Sangakkara scored at an average of 57 and strike rate of 87. During his major contribution, Sangakkara scored 5 centuries.
Legendary West Indian batsmen who stood toe to toe against Sachin Tendulkar during 1995-2005 secure the fourth spot in our list. In 34 matches played between 1992-2007 World Cup, Lara scored 1225 runs at an average of 42 and maintained a healthy strike rate of 87. He managed to score 2 centuries at the biggest stage.
5. AB de Villiers
Everyone is familiar with Mr. 360. ABD who is most dangerous T20 batsmen has an equally astonishing figure in ODI cricket. When it comes to World Cup, AB de Villiers stands 5th to score most runs in ICC World Cup. He has the best average among all. At an average of 64, ABD scored 1207 runs in 23 matches played. All his runs came at a strike rate of 117.
6. Sanath Jayasuriya
You name some dangerous opening batsmen of all time and this name will surely be there. Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan opener has been a huge contributor to the success of Sri Lankan cricket. The opener scored 1165 runs in 37 matches played in the World Cup. These runs came at a strike rate of 90 and an average of 35. Jayasuriya also scored 3 centuries in which 120 remains the top score.
7. J. Kallis
The best all-rounder that world of cricket ever witnessed is Jacques Kallis. The South African allrounder scored 1148 runs at an average of 45 and strike rate of 76. Kallis did manage to score one century but his contribution with the bat was more than the numbers suggest.
8. TM. Dilshan
If ever asked – Why Sri Lanka performed well in ICC Cricket World Cup? Show them this list. We already mentioned Sanath Jayasuriya and his astonishing numbers. Now his opening partner also makes to Top 10. Tillakaratne Dilshan who opened Sri Lankan batting order with Sanath Jayasuriya has scored 1112 runs in 27 matches he played. He also scored four big centuries which helped the team to get to flying start. He scored all his runs at an average of 52 and a strike rate of 90.
9. Mahela Jayawardene
If you think that’s all for Sri Lanka, you have missed a big name – Mahela Jayawardene. The skipper of Sri Lankan cricket who came at No. 4 managed to score 1100 runs at an average of 35 and strike rate of 86. He also scored 4 centuries and gave a firm support to Sri Lankan middle order.
10. Adam Gilchrist
We mentioned Ricky Ponting who is second on our list. But how can one guy take the whole team to glory? Of course not! Here is another and most loved person in the game of cricket. Adam Gilchrist, Australian wicketkeeper-batsman, with his firey strokes managed to score 1085 runs at a strike rate of 98. Adam Gilchrist scored a huge 149 in 2007 ICC World Cup Final vs Sri Lanka but it remained the only century Gilchrist scored in World Cup tournaments.
So this completes the list of Top 10 Highest Run Scorers in ICC World Cup History. Here we are sharing a table which will cover all the mentioned stats of every player mentioned above.
|AB de Villiers||23||1207||63.52||117.29||4||6||121||37|