01 September 2013
ICC Cricket World Cup Top 10: Batting legends
Cricket is full of record-breaking statistics and the ICC Cricket World Cup is no exception. This month we take a look at the top 10 players who have scored the most runs in a single ICC Cricket World Cup match.
Gary Kirsten during his innings of 188 against the UAE at the
ICC Cricket World Cup 1996
- Gary Kirsten (South Africa): 188* (159 balls) v UAE at Rawalpindi on 16 February 1996. Kirsten was crucial in assisting South Africa's total of 321 for two. The UAE battled to 152 for eight - 36 short of Kirsten's individual score. Kirsten's is the highest ICC Cricket World Cup score to date, and he came within a run of equaling the ODI record at the time, Vivian Richards' 189 not out.
- Sourav Ganguly (India): 183 (158 balls) v Sri Lanka at Taunton on 26 May 1999. Sri Lanka had to wait until the 46th over for India’s second wicket to fall as Ganguly and Rahul Dravid (145) added 318 with India posting 373 for six. Sri Lanka never got going in the improbable run chase and was bowled out for 216 in 42.3 overs.
- Viv Richards (West Indies): 181 (125 balls) v Sri Lanka at Karachi on 13 October 1987. Richards destroyed the Sri Lanka bowling attack as West Indies made 360 for four in its 50 overs. Sri Lanka was not able to chase down the total, and crawled to 169 for four in 50 overs.
- Kapil Dev (India): 175* (138 balls) v Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells on 18 June 1983. Kapil came to the middle with India already at nine for four which soon became 17 for five. India's captain then led from the front as he launched a brutal but calculated assault on Zimbabwe's bowlers. India scored 266 for eight in 60 overs and then bowled Zimbabwe out for 235 in 57 overs.
- Virender Sehwag (India): 175 (140 balls) v Bangladesh at Dhaka on 19 February 2011. Sehwag got the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 off to a blazing start in the course of his dazzling innings that knocked Bangladesh around. Sehwag and Virat Kohli (100*) added 203 runs for the third wicket as India amassed a total of 370 for four. Bangladesh launched a spirited chase, but it was always behind the rate and ultimately scored 283 for nine.
- Craig Wishart (Zimbabwe): 172* (151 balls) v Namibia at Harare on 10 February 2003. Wishart shared an unbroken 166-run partnership for the third wicket with Grant Flower (78*) as Zimbabwe posted a score of 340 for two. By the time the rain came, Namibia were well behind under the Duckworth-Lewis method as they would have needed to score 191 to win, but only managed 104 for five in that time.
- Glenn Turner (New Zealand): 171* (201 balls) v East Africa at Birmingham on 7 June 1975. Turner carried New Zealand to scoring total of 309 for five in 60 overs; the target was always going to be beyond East Africa and it did well to bat out its 60 overs, but the side finished 181 runs short at 128 for eight.
- Andrew Hudson (South Africa): 161 (132 balls) v Netherlands at Rawalpindi on 5 March 1996. Hudson and Gary Kirsten (83) added 186 runs for the first wicket in South Africa's 328 for three. Netherlands was never in the chase and finished at 168 for eight.
- Imran Nazir (Pakistan): 160 (121 balls) v Zimbabwe at Kingston on 21 March 2007. Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 93 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method. Nazir's smashing knock helped Pakistan score 349 and Zimbabwe's revised target was 193 from 20 overs, but it was bowled out for 99 in 19.1 overs, with Shahid Afridi taking 3-20. Despite this win, Pakistan bowed out after the group stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.
- Matthew Hayden (Australia): 158 (143 balls) v West Indies at North Sound, Antigua on 27 March 2007. Hayden was dismissed in the 48th over as his showmanship helped Australia post 322 for six. Brian Lara (77) and Denesh Ramdin (52) were the only batsmen to fight as West Indies was bowled out for 219 in 45.3 overs.
- Andrew Strauss (England): 158 (128 balls) v India at Bangalore, Karnataka on 27 February 2011. What would a top 10 be if there wasn’t an eleventh to be remembered! Special mention goes to Strauss who helped England famously tie the match. Strauss' career-best that day carried England to within sight of a tournament-record run chase, which faltered thanks to the bowling of Zaheer Khan.