ICC Cricket World Cup Records: The ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has so far been a record-breaking tournament, with South Africa posting the largest score in tournament history with 428/5 to Rohit Sharma becoming the individual with the most centuries in tournament history with seven.
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We have seen a lot of stats and records about the ODI World Cup in news articles and heard them in the commentary, but cricket is a sport of a million stats. Naturally, there are several records and numbers, which might intrigue cricket fans, that are missed by most media outlets. Today, we will be looking at some of those statistics and records.
As per the ICC Cricket World Cup Records, While South Africa scored the most runs in a World Cup match recently against Sri Lanka at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium, do you know the lowest team total in World Cup history? This embarrassing wooden spoon was taken by the Canadian cricket team, who scored 39/10 against Sri Lanka in the 2003 edition of the tournament. The Canadians also possess the second-ever World Cup score of 45/10 against England in 1979.
While most of us know that the greatest margin of victory by runs in the World Cup was Australia defeating Afghanistan in 2015 by 275 runs, but the largest victory margin by balls to spare might just be a little more impressive. When Canada scored a meagre 45 against England in 1979, the English chased the target of 46 runs with 277 balls to spare. However, they did lose two wickets in the process.
There have been five teams in the tournament history to have gone on an unbeaten run on their way to winning the whole thing. The West Indies, during their dominance in the 1970s, won the 1975 and 1979 World Cups without losing a single match. As per the ICC Cricket World Cup Records, In 1996, co-hosts Sri Lanka did not lose a single match on their way to an unexpected title win. However, two of their eight victories in the tournament came via forfeit from West Indies and Australia, who refused to travel to the then war-torn nation.
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The other instances of an unbeaten World Cup run were by the Aussie, who won the 2003 and 2007 World Cups in dominant fashion, also becoming the first team to three-peat in the Cricket World Cup.
Speaking of Australia, they are by far the most dominant team in CWC history. Not only have they won the tournament a whopping five times, but they also have a staggering 27 World Cup history, this run spanning from 1999 to 2011.
As per the ICC Cricket World Cup Records, While most individual records are known by most fans, here are some that are a little obscure –
The highest average for players with a minimum of 10 innings is former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener, who scored 372 runs in 11 innings in the 1999 and 2003 World Cup, remaining not out on eight of those occasions.
The 2015 World Cup was the only edition of the tournament which saw a double-hundred being scored. First, Chris Gayle scored 215 against Zimbabwe, and then, Martin Guptill bettered the highest score record with a fabulous inning of 237 against the West Indies.
Aiden Markram scored the fastest century in the 2023 World Cup against Sri Lanka in 49 balls, while former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has the record of the fastest 50 in tournament history, in 18 balls on two occasions. First against Canada in 2007, and then against against England in 2015.
As per the ICC Cricket World Cup Records, Now for some bowling stats. Glenn McGrath has the most wickets in tournament history with 71. He also has the best figures of 7/15 against Namibia in 2003.
While the bowler with the best average, for bowlers with at least 500 balls bowled, is India’s Mohammed Shami, who has an incredible average of 15.02 in the World Cup. He also has the best strike rate of 17.6.