By: Rafay Malik – Allsportspk Research Team

This is the second part of ICC Cricket World Cup Fact File series. which covers the Individual Player statistics. The first published Part 1 covered the Team Statistics.

ICC Cricket World Cup is the International Championship of One Day International (ODI) cricket. The 45 year old Flagship cricket event is held every four years.

Part TwoIndividual Statistics

Most Appearances

Rank NameCountryAppearances
1Ricky PontingAustralia46
2Sachin TendulkarIndia45
3Mahela JayawardeneSri Lanka40
4Muttiah MuralitharanSri Lanka40
5Glenn McGrathAustralia39
6Sanath JayasuriyaSri Lanka38
7Wasim AkramPakistan38
8Kumar SangakkaraSri Lanka37
9Jacques KallisSouth Africa36
10Aravinda de SilvaSri Lanka35
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  • Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar are only players to make more than 40 appearances.
  • Sri Lankan legends Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan are the only two other players to feature in 40 or more World Cup matches.
  • Ricky Ponting has won 3 World cups with Australia.
  • Wasim Akram has the most appearances for Pakistan.

Most Runs in Career

RankCareer RunsPlayer NameMatchesInningsHighest ScoreAverage
1 2,278 Sachin Tendulkar454415256.95
2 1,743 Ricky Ponting4642140*45.86
3 1,532 Kumar Sangakkara373512456.74
4 1,225 Brian Lara343311642.24
5 1,207 AB de Villiers2323162*63.52
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Sachin Tendulkar
  • Sachin Tendulkars holds the record of most runs and most innings player.
  • Ab de Villiers has the highest average in World cup.
  • Ricky Pontings has played the most matches as a batsmen.
  • Ricky Pontings hold the record of most runs scored by a wicket keeper.

Highest Individual Total

Martin Guptil holds the record of most runs scored in a single match
  1. Martin Guptil (New Zealand) scored 237 runs against West Indies in 2015 world cup.
  2. In 2015 World cup Chris Gayle (West Indies) scored 215 runs from 147 balls versus Zimbabwe.
  3. Gary Kirsten (South Africa) thrashed UAE by scoring 188 runs in the 1996 world cup.
  4. Sourav Ganguly (India) scored 183 runs against Sri Lanka in 1999 World cup.
  5. In 1996 World cup Viv Richard (West Indies) scored 181 runs against Sri Lanka.

Golden Bat Winners

Golden Bat is awarded to player with the most runs scored in a single tournament. While every World Cup had a ranking of the top run scorers, the first time an award was given was in 1975.

World CupPlayer NameRuns scored
1975 Glenn Turner333
1979 Gordon Greenidge253
1983 David Gower384
1987 Graham Gooch471
1992 Martin Crowe456
1996 Sachin Tendulkar523
1999 Rahul Dravid461
2003 Sachin Tendulkar673
2007 Matthew Hayden659
2011 Tillakaratne Dilshan500
2015 Martin Guptill547
2019 Rohit Sharma648
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Most Centuries

RankPlayer NameCenturies
1Sachin Tendulkar6
1Rohit Sharma6
2Kumar Sangakara5
2Ricky Pontings5
3David Warner4
3Saurav Ganguly4
3Ab De Villiers4
3Mark Waugh4
3Tilakaratne Dilshan4
3Mahela Jayawardene4
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  • Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma hold the record of most centuries(6) in World cup.
  • Kumar Sangakara and Ricky Pontings are the other cricketers to score 5 centuries in World cup.

Cricket Batting Records

RecordRecord Holder
Fastest double centuryChris Gayle scored the fastest double century in 138 balls Vs Zimbabwe
Fastest 150In 2015 AB de Villiers scored 150 in just 64 balls against West Indies.
Fastest centuryKevin O’Brien holds the record of fastest century in just 50 ball against England.
Fastest fiftyBrendon McCullum scored 50 in only 18 balls.
Most ducksNathan Astle (5 out of 22).
Most sixesChris Gayle (49).
Most sixes in an inningsEoin Morgan smashed 17 sixes against Afghanistan in 2019
Most foursSachin Tendulkar(241)
Most fours in an inningsMartin Guptill had 24 fours against West Indies in 2015.
Most runs through boundaries in an inningsMartin Guptill v West Indies (162).
Highest partnershipMarlon Samuels & Chris Gayle had an enormous partnership of 372 runs against Zimbabwe.
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Most Career Wickets

RankWicketsPlayer NameMatchesAverage
1 71 Glenn McGrath 3918.19
2 68 Muttiah Muralitharan 4019.63
3 56 Lasith Malinga 2922.87
4 55 Wasim Akram 3823.83
5 49 Mitchell Starc 1814.81
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Wasim Akhtar has taken most wickets for Pakistan.
  • Glenn McGrath and Muttiah Muralitharan are the only bowlers in World cup history to have more than 60 wickets.
  • Latish Malinga and Wasim Akram are oher bowlers to have more than 50 wickets.
  • Wasim Akram has taken most wickets for Pakistan.
  • Mitchels Starc has the lowest run average in World cup.

Best Bowling Results

  1. 7/15- Glenn McGrath took 7 wickets and only conceded 25 runs against Nambia in 2003 World cup.
  2. 7/20- In 2003 World cup Andy Bichel took 7 wickets against England by only conceding 20 runs.
  3. 7/33- Tim Southee had 7 wickets against England in the 2015 World cup by only conceding 33 runs.
  4. 7/51- Winston Davis had an 7 wicket haul against Australia in 1983 World cup with conceding 51 runs.
  5. 6/14- Gary Gilmour took 6 wickets against England in the 1975 World cup with conceding 14 runs.

Best Averages

RankAveragePlayerMatchesWicketsEconOvers Bowled
114.81 Mitchell Starc18494.64156.1
215.18 Chris Old 9162.6890.3
315.70 Mohammed Shami11315.0696.1
416.12 Nathan Bracken10163.6071.4
516.25 Geoff Allott 9203.7087.4
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Golden Ball Winners

The Golden Ball Award goes to the top wicket taker of the world cup. While every World Cup had a ranking of the wicket takers, the first time an award was given was in 1975.

World CupPlayer NameWickets Taken
1975 Gary Gilmour
 Bernard Julien
11
11
1979 Mike Hendrick10
1983 Roger Binny18
1987 Craig McDermott18
1992 Wasim Akram18
1996 Anil Kumble15
1999 Geoff Allott
 Shane Warne
20
20
2003 Chaminda Vaas23
2007 Glenn McGrath26
2011 Zaheer Khan
 Shahid Afridi
21
21
2015 Mitchell Starc
 Trent Boult
22
22
2019 Mitchell Starc27
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Cricket Bowling Records

Record Record Holder
Most five-wicket haulsMitchell Starc (3).
Most four-wicket hauls (and over)Mitchell Starc(6).
Most wickets in consecutive ballsLasith Malinga took 4 consecutive wickets against South Africa in 2007 World cup.
Fastest BallShoaib Akhtar holds the record of fastest ball ever bowled at speed of 161.30km/h against England in 2003 world cup.
Most Wickets in a single World cupMichel Starc (27) in 2019 world cup.
Most CatchesRicky Ponting (28).
Most Dismissals by wicket keeperKumar Sangakara (54).
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Man of the Tournament

YearPlayerOverall Performance
1992 Martin Crowe456 runs
1996 Sanath Jayasuriya221 runs and 7 wickets
1999 Lance Klusener281 runs and 17 wickets
2003 Sachin Tendulkar673 runs and 2 wickets
2007 Glenn McGrath26 wickets
2011 Yuvraj Singh362 runs and 15 wickets
2015 Mitchell Starc22 wickets
2019 Kane Williamson578 runs and 2 wickets
  • In 1992 ICC started giving the Man of the Tournament award.
  • Sanath Jayasuriya was the first all-rounder to claim the award in 1996 World cup.
  • In 2007 Glenn McGrath became the first bowler to win the award.
  • Kane Williamson is the current holder of the award.

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