27 November 2013
Leading run-makers in the ICC Cricket World Cup
Cricket is full of record-breaking statistics and the ICC Cricket World Cup is no exception. This month we look at the leading run-scorers in each of the 10 ICC World Cup campaigns to date, featuring a couple of appearances from a recently retired cricket legend – Sachin Tendulkar
22 Feb 1992: Martin Crowe of New Zealand on his way to an unbeaten century in the World Cup match against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand won by 37 runs. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
In the first ICC Cricket World Cup, which was staged in England, New Zealand opening batsman Glenn Turner played a starring role as his country reached the semi-finals. Turner amassed 333 runs in four innings, carrying his bat for two top order centuries against East Africa (171) and India (114). The right-hander was dismissed just twice for the tournament, making 36 in New Zealand’s semi-final defeat against the West Indies.
1979: Gordon Greenidge (West Indies) – four matches, four innings, 253 runs at 84.33, one century, two half-centuries
Opener Gordon Greenidge contributed a century and two half-centuries from just four innings as the West Indies retained its title in 1979 in England. Greenidge opened his campaign with an undefeated 106 against India, before scoring 65 against New Zealand and 73 against Pakistan. He was run out early in the final, but after a promising start, England proved no match for the Windies’ pace attack.
1983: David Gower (England) – seven matches, seven innings, 384 runs at 76.80, one century, one half-century
Host England reached the 1983 World Cup semi-finals with David Gower leading the way. The elegant left-hander produced two big knocks -- 130 against Sri Lanka as England reached 333-9 and an undefeated 92 in a narrow defeat to New Zealand. Gower reached double figures in each of his seven innings, and his tournament average of 76.80 was more than double his career ODI average (30.77). In the semi-final loss to India in Manchester, one of ICC’s Hall of Famers scored 17.
1987: Graham Gooch (England) – eight matches, eight innings, 471 runs at 58.87, one century, three half-centuries
With a big century against India in Mumbai and three other half-centuries, England’s Graham Gooch played a pivotal role in his country reaching the final at Eden Gardens. The right-hander was named man of the match in England’s semi-final win against India, but fell for 35 in the final against Australia as his side fell an agonising seven runs short of World Cup triumph. Only once did Gooch fail to pass 20 from eight innings at the top of the order.
1992: Martin Crowe (New Zealand) – nine matches, nine innings, 456 runs at 114, one century, four half-centuries
One of the finest batsmen New Zealand has produced, Martin Crowe led his country with aplomb at the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992. Crowe started the tournament with an undefeated 100 in a big win against co-hosts Australia in Auckland. He was unbeaten on four other occasions, with important half-centuries against Zimbabwe, West Indies and England. The right-handed Crowe was run-out for 91 in New Zealand’s unsuccessful semi-final, which Pakistan won with six balls to spare.
1996: Sachin Tendulkar (India) – seven matches, seven innings, 523 runs at 87.16, two centuries, three half-centuries
After finishing as the 14th leading run-getter in his debut World Cup in 1992 with 283 runs, the Little Master made his first appearance as a World Cup leading run-scorer after a dominant campaign in the sub-continent featuring big centuries against Kenya and Sri Lanka. The latter proved India’s nemesis in the semi-final in Kolkata, despite Tendulkar scoring 65 in his side’s 120-8 in 34.1 overs before the match was awarded to Sri Lanka due to a crowd trouble. In the quarter-final in Bengaluru against traditional rival Pakistan, Tendulkar opened the innings and scored 31while featuring in a 90-run first wicket stand with Navjot Singh Sidhu (90).
1999: Rahul Dravid (India) – eight matches, eight innings, 461 runs at 65.85, two centuries, three half-centuries
A young Rahul Dravid consistently performed for India at the 1999 World Cup in England, leading all opposition with the bat. He scored 461 runs from eight innings, which included a rapid-fire 145 against Sri Lanka and an undefeated century against Kenya. Batting at first drop, the right-hander also performed against South Africa (54), England (53) and Pakistan (61), but India could not progress beyond the Super Sixes stage.
2003: Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 11 matches, 11 innings, 673 runs at 61.18, one century, six half-centuries
With a century and two half-centuries, Tendulkar finished as the top run-scorer with 673 runs at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 in South Africa. Tendulkar hammered a top score of 152 against qualifier Namibia, but it was his consistency that stood out most – passing 50 in seven of 11 innings, including a 75-ball 98 against Pakistan at Centurion and 83 against Kenya in the semi-final in Durban. In the final at the Wanderers against Australia, Tendulkar managed just four as India was bowled out for 234 in 39.2 overs while chasing 360 for victory.
2007: Matthew Hayden (Australia) – 11 matches, 10 innings, 659 runs at 73.22, three centuries, one half-century
Powerful Australia opener Matthew Hayden featured heavily at the top of the order as his country completed a hat-trick of titles in the West Indies. Hayden, who had scored 328 runs four years earlier, in 2007 plundered all opposition, showing remarkable consistency with a lowest score of 29 from his 10 innings. He scored three centuries, against South Africa (101), West Indies (158) and New Zealand (103) as Australia remained unbeaten in the tournament.
2011: Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) – nine matches, nine innings, 500 runs at 62.50, two centuries, two half-centuries
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011’s leading run-scorer Tillakaratne Dilshan enjoyed the sub-continent conditions as his team reached the final. The electrifying Sri Lanka stroke-maker ravaged the bowling attacks of Zimbabwe (144) and England (108 not out), scored a crucial 73 against New Zealand in the semi-final and also contributed a handful of wickets with his part-time off-breaks. In the final at Wankhede Stadium, Dilshan scored 33 and picked up the wicket of Virat Kohli as India won the final by six wickets. His 200th ODI was also during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, in which he managed just three against England in Mumbai.
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