With the countdown to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 now under 600 days to go, we did some research into some of the tournament’s highest scoring games.
With runs being scored at an ever-increasing rate in the one-day game and scores of 300+ becoming the norm, fixtures with a total of more than 600 runs are more frequent than ever. In 2015, when the ICC Cricket World Cup was hosted in Australia and New Zealand, there were nine games which passed the 600-run mark; more than any other previous edition of the tournament!
We took a trip down memory lane to see how many of these encounters took place at previous Cricket World Cups.
· In total, there have been 23 Cricket World Cup matches where over 600 runs have been scored.
· Sri Lanka have been involved in more 600+ runs games than any other nation at the Cricket World Cup with seven.
· With run-rates continuing to rise, it’s no surprise to see that 78 per cent of games with more than 600 runs have occurred since the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
· The highest aggregate score at a Cricket World Cup match came in 2015 between Australia and Sri Lanka. A whopping 688 runs were scored as Australia racked up 376/9 in Sydney, before Sri Lanka replied gallantly with 312.
· The first-ever Cricket World Cup game to see more than 600 runs came at the inaugural tournament in 1975. Once again, it was Australia and Sri Lanka who set the record.
· 600 runs has been surpassed on three occasions at CWC games in England and Wales, where the 2019 tournament will be held.
· Only two batsmen have ever scored more than 600 runs at a single Cricket World Cup - Sachin Tendulkar in 2003 and Matthew Hayden in 2007.