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List of Leading run Scorers in the Cricket World Cups

Cricket is termed as the third biggest sporting event after the football and rugby World Cups. Cricket’s biggest showpiece event i.e. World Cup has witnessed the performance of many legendary batsmen. Ricky Ponting of the Australia had played most matches (46) in the cricket World Cup so far. Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run scorer in World Cup history. Sachin has world record of scoring highest number of runs (2278) in the cricket World Cups. Read full article to know more cricket records.
Jun 12, 2019 17:03 IST
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Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Glenn Mcgrath, M. Murlitharan are some prominent names in the cricket World Cups. These players have at least one to two records by their names in the cricket World Cups.

Sachin Tendulkar of India has played 6 ICC Cricket World Cups (1992-2011) while Javed Miandad of Pakistan had also played 6 ICC Cricket World Cups b/w 1975-1996. These two are also the highest run scorer in the cricket World Cups.

Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run scorer in the cricket World Cup. Sachin had scored 2278 runs in the 44 innings with the average of 57 per match.
Now read this list of top 9 batsmen with highest run in the World Cups.

1. Sachin Tendulkar

sachin tendulker

Runs:  2278

Match: 45

Average:56.95

Duration: 1992-2011

Highest score (WC):  152

World records:

i. Highest runs (2278) in the Cricket World Cup history by any player.

ii. Highest centuries (6) in the Cricket World Cups.

iii. Participated in 6 World Cups.

iv. Most number of fifties (21) in the Cricket World Cups.

2.  Ricky Ponting (Australia)

 rickey ponting

Runs: 1,743

Match: 46

Average: 45.86

Duration: 1996-2011

Highest score (WC):  140

World records:

i. Most sixes in the ICC Cricket World Cup hit by the Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers; 37 each followed by the Australia Ricky Ponting 31.

ii. The most cricket World Cups won by a captain is two, by two players, Clive Lloyd for the West Indies in 1975 and 1979, and Ricky Ponting (Australia) for Australia in 2003 and 2007.

3. Kumar Sangakkara (SL)

kumar sangakarra

Runs: 1532

Match: 37

Average: 56.74

Duration:  2003-2015

Highest score (WC):  124

World records: Most consecutive centuries (4) in a ICC Cricket World Cup hit by Sri Lanka's  Kumar Sangakkara in 2015.

4. Brian Lara (WI)

 brian lara

Runs: 1225

Match: 34

Average: 42.24

Duration: 1992-2007

Highest score (WC):  116

Records:

 i. He has the most International centuries for a West Indies team.

ii. He also set the record for the highest individual test score as captain (400*).

5.  AB de Villiers (SA)

devilliers

Runs: 1207

Match: 23

Average: 63. 52

Duration: 2007-2015

Highest score (WC):  162*

World records: Most sixes in the ICC Cricket World Cup hit by the Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers; 37 each followed by the Australia’s Ricky Ponting 31.

6.  Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

jaisurya

Runs: 1165

Match: 38

Average: 34.26

Duration: 1992-2007

Highest score (WC): 120

World records:

i. Jayasuriya is the only all rounder to score over 10,000 runs, captured more than 300 wickets and to taken over 100 catches in ODI cricket.

ii. He is also the only all-rounder to score over 1000 runs and taken more than 25 wickets in Cricket World Cup history.

7. Jacques Kallis (SA)

jack kallis

Runs: 1148

Match: 36

Average: 45.92

Duration: 1996-2011

Highest score (WC): 128

World records:

i. He is 1st & only player in cricket history to achieve the mark of 10,000 runs in ODI & Test matches each and more than 200 wickets in the Tests and ODIs each.

ii. He holds the record for most man of the matches in Test Cricket - 23.

8. TM Dilshan (SL)

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Runs: 1112

Match: 27

Average: 52.95

Duration:  2007-2015

Highest score (WC): 161

Records:

i. Dilshan had invented the scoop shot, which was known as the “Dilscoop”, a shot that hits the ball over the keeper.

ii. He hit highest individual score by a Sri Lankan – 161* against Bangladesh in world cup 2015.

iii. He is the first captain to score centuries in all formats while captaining the team.

9. DPMD Jayawardene (SL)

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Runs: 1100

Match: 40

Average: 35.41

Duration:  1999-2015

Highest score (WC): 115

World records:

i. Mahela is the only batsman in World Cup ODI history to score hundreds in both a semi final and a final of the tournament.

ii. First & only non-wicketkeeper to take 200+ catches in both tests and ODIs.

A very amazing fact about all the mentioned players is that all of them have retired from the international cricket. So these were some important records of the some legendary cricketers.

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