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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

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    Runs:  2278

    Match: 45


    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)

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    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)

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    Runs: 1225

    Match: 34

    Average: 42.24

    Duration: 1992-2007

    Highest score (WC):  116


     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)


    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)


    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)

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    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)


    Runs: 1112

    Match: 27

    Average: 52.95

    Duration:  2007-2015

    Highest score (WC): 161


    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)


    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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