22 September 201022:08

150 days to go to the CWC

10 players have made 150 or more in an innings at a World Cup

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Gary Kirsten of South Africa scores his unbeatable 188 against UAE in ICC Cricket World Cup 1996.

With 150 days to go to the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, we look back on the 10 players who have made 150 or more in an innings at a World Cup.

Gary Kirsten 188 not out (South Africa v United Arab Emirates, 16 February 1996, Rawalpindi)

The innings came off 159 balls with 13 boundaries and four sixes. Till date this is the highest individual score in ICC Cricket World Cup history. On another high-scoring day in the tournament, South Africa notched up 321 for two and in reply United Arab Emirates were just outlasted by a massive 169 runs.

For Kirsten this was his only hundred in ICC Cricket World Cups, but he has five half-centuries to his credit. Kirsten?s tally at ICC Cricket World Cups is at 806 runs scored at an average of 47.41 and at a strike rate of 75.46.

One of the abiding memories of the game was when United Arab Emirates captain Sultan Zarawani came out to bat with a hat. A furious red-hot Allan Donald steamed in and let loose a bouncer which hit Zarwani on the head.

Sourav Ganguly 183 (India v Sri Lanka, 26 May 1999, Taunton)

The knock infused life into India?s campaign as it erased the forgettable moments for India in the early stages of the event. The knock came off 158 balls and was studded with 17 boundaries and seven huge sixes as India notched up a massive 373 for 6. In reply, the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 216.

The day is best remembered for the 318-run second wicket partnership between Ganguly and Rahul Dravid (145: 129b, 17x4, 1x6), which is still the best partnership in any ICC Cricket World Cup for any wicket. This was to be first of four hundreds in ICC Cricket World Cups for Ganguly.

Ganguly hit some of the longest sixes seen in ICC Cricket World Cups and wowed the county crowd. In all Ganguly scored 1006 runs with an average of 55.58 and at a strike rate of 77.50 in all ICC Cricket World Cups.

Sir Viv Richards 181 (West Indies v Sri Lanka, 13 October 1987)

At 45-2, Ravi Ratnayeke was on a high snapping up two off two balls (Carlisle Best and Richie Richardson). In walked a calm West Indies captain Viv Richards in his trademark style. Richards calmly played out the first few overs, notched up his half-century off 62 balls. But as they say it was just the calm before the storm.

The figures of Sri Lankan bowlers told the tale of Richards? savagery that day. The West Indies skipper notched up his third ICC Cricket World Cup hundred and tenth of his One-Day International career. His century came off 97 balls and the knock itself was off just 125 balls. Desmond Haynes (105) and Richards starred in a third wicket partnership of 182 off 177 balls. West Indies notched up 360 for four, then the highest score in any ICC Cricket World Cup game. They won by massive 191 runs.

West Indies suffered tense losses during the tournament and did not progress to the final for the first time in ICC Cricket World Cup history. For Richards this would prove to be the last time in an ICC Cricket World Cup. In all Richards logged 1013 runs from 23 games at an astounding average of 63.31 and a strike rate of 85.05 with five half-centuries.

Kapil Dev 175 not out (India v Zimbabwe, Tunbridge Wells, 18 June, 1983)

It is a pity that barring a couple of photographs there is no other material available on this match. This very day the BBC employees went on a flash strike and there was no live telecast of this game. So in the end only the two sides, a few hundred spectators, a handful of journalists and a couple of radio commentators saw history being created.

At 17 for 5, India's ICC Cricket World Cup campaign seemed to be going according to script. But as was his wont in his heydays, Kapil rewrote history like only he could. His breathtaking innings came off 138 balls with 16 boundaries and six massive sixes. During the course of the innings, India slipped further to 78 for 7, but Kapil kept his nerves.

The innings also featured the highest ninth-wicket stand in ICC Cricket World Cup history of 126 between Kapil and wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani. By the time India finished with 266 for 8, the match turned decisively. Despite fighting efforts by Kevin Curran (73), the chase was beyond Zimbabwe's reach. The knock pushed India's campaign into forward movement, leading them all the way to the Lord's for a historic final against West Indies.

Craig Wishart 172 not out (Zimbabwe v Namibia 10 February 2003, Harare Sports Club)

In a stop-start career, this right-handed batsman never quite achieved the full potential of his abilities. This was probably the only highlight of his decade long career. In what was the first-ever ICC Cricket World Cup game on Zimbabwean soil, the hosts strode to an impressive 86-run win in this game thanks to Wishart's blitzkrieg.

Wishart, opened the batting for once, as he smashed the hapless Namibian bowlers at will during this 151-ball knock. He hit three sixes and smashed 18 boundaries. Zimbabwe notched up one of its highest One-Day International totals, as Wishart batted right through the full quota of 50 overs.

Rains played spoilsport in the Namibian chase and they batted just 25.1 overs before Duckworth-Lewis formula was applied to decide on Zimbabwe as a winner. The match is also remembered for Andy Flower and Henry Olonga making a statement of their own, but off the field.

Glenn Turner 171 not out (New Zealand v East Africa, 7 June 1975), Birmingham

This was to be regarded as Glenn Turner's tournament, as he was in supreme form during the inaugural edition of cricket's showpiece event. In all he scored two hundreds in the four games New Zealand featured in during the tournament. He used up all his experience to notch up 333 runs from four games, with this knock as the best effort. Turner scored his runs at an outstanding average of 166.50 with a strike rate of 68.51.

During this knock, in the second-ever match of an ICC Cricket World Cup, Turner carried his bat right through. He batted the entire quota of 60 overs to help notch up a team total of 309 for 5. The East Africa bowling held no threat for the New Zealand line-up, let alone Turner, who just ground them out during his 201-ball innings. East Africa was outclassed, as they laboured to 128 for 8 in their innings, losing by 181 runs.

A week after this knock, Turner notched up yet another hundred, this time against India. Turner changed gear as he held his nerve to nurse New Zealand through a tense chase for 231. Turner's unbeaten 114 off 177 balls with 13 boundaries helped New Zealand win in the 59th over. Turner was to feature in the 1979 and 1983 editions as well, but never reached the dizzy heights of the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup.

Andrew Hudson 161 (South Africa v Netherlands, 5 March 1996, Rawalpindi)

South Africa was on a roll during this tournament. And nothing signified their dominance more than their openers Gary Kirsten and Andrew Hudson. Together the duo pummeled the new teams like United Arab Emirates and Netherlands, setting up huge wins. If it was Kirsten against the Emirates, Hudson took up the role of the destroyer against Netherlands.

This knock was to be Hudson's only ICC Cricket World Cup hundred and one of his two One-Day International centuries. South Africa made merry in flat conditions amassing yet another massive score of 329 for three. Hudson's biggest regret is that he got out in the 41st over and thereby lost out on a chance to make a historic double hundred.

South Africa won by a massive 160 runs. The match is best remembered for the best opening wicket partnership for South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cups. The duo of Hudson and Kirsten added 186 runs. Hudson featured in two ICC Cricket World Cups in 1992 and 1996. He made 571 runs from his 12 games in this showpiece event at an average of 47.58 with a strike rate of 77.37.

Imran Nazir 160 (Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 21 March 2007, Kingston, Jamaica)

Pakistan's most forgettable ICC Cricket World Cup campaign ever as they did not progress to the second stage for the first time. Pakistan lost to hosts West Indies in the tournament opener, then tragedy struck. Pakistan suffered a shock defeat at the hands of first-timers Ireland and that night lost a key component of the team.

Their coach Bob Woolmer died on the night of the Irish loss. The Pakistan campaign went completely off-track. Even captain Inzamam-ul-Haq called time on his One-Day International career and the entire team was distracted by off-field events.

In the backdrop of all this, Imran Nazir notched up a sensational knock off 121 balls with eight sixes and 14 boundaries. He was the seventh man out, as Pakistan rattled up a massive 349. The total was just too much for Zimbabwe. In the end, Nazir gave Inzamam the best possible send-off, as he bid a tearful goodbye to cricket in his beloved greens.

Matthew Hayden 158 (West Indies v Australia, 27-28 March 2007, Sir Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua)

It was fitting that the knock of this proportion came on a ground named after the legendary Sir Viv Richards. Hayden gave a glimpse of what might have been had the great man graced his own ground. Hayden slammed 14 boundaries and four sixes in his 143-ball knock. The knock gave the perfect start to the stadium hosting its first-ever One-Day International.

The match was played over two days owing to rain interruption. But once Hayden had set the stage, hosts West Indies had no hope of making the Australian score of 322 for 6 and lost by 103 runs. This was to be Hayden's best-ever score in any ICC Cricket World Cup game. Hayden reached his first 58 runs off 80 balls and the next 100 he scored came from only 63 balls.

Hayden was the top run-getter for the tournament logging 659 runs from 11 games at an astounding average of 73.22 and a strike rate of 101.07. He was to get two more hundreds in the tournament. Hayden featured in only two ICC Cricket World Cups (2003 & 2007, but finished with 987 runs from 22 games.

Sachin Tendulkar 152 (India v Namibia, 23 February 2003, Pietermaritzburg)

This was to be Tendulkar's only hundred in this edition of ICC Cricket World Cup. But it was remarkable in a way because he did not hit a single six in this 151-ball knock. The innings featured a massive 244-run second wicket stand between skipper Sourav Ganguly (112: 119, 6x4, 4x6) and Tendulkar.

Namibia lost by a massive 181 runs, but the match set the tone for India's campaign. For Tendulkar the tournament was significant as he topped the run-charts yet again in an ICC Cricket World Cup. He ended with 673 runs at an average of 61.18 and a strike rate of 89.25 from 11 games. He also hit six half-centuries.

Tendulkar is the highest run-getter in the history of ICC Cricket World Cups with 1796 runs from 36 games at an average of 57.93 scored with a strike rate of 88.21 and has four hundreds to his credit. For the ground City Oval, this was to be the second and its last One-Day International ever. A week before Tendulkar, Chaminda Vaas snapped up a unique hat-trick of three wickets off the first three balls of the match against Bangladesh here.