Cricket is one of the most famous and passionate sports across the globe. It is synonymous to religion and the players are looked upon as gods. There are a number of players who have created history and hold records for their outstanding performance in this game. Some of the best cricket world cup records include:
1. Most centuries:
Kumar Sangakkara, the former captain of the Sri Lankan national team has created one of the best cricket world cup records with his commendable performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He became the first batsman to score four centuries in a row against Scotland.
2. Highest number of 50s:
The list of cricket world cup records is incomplete without the name of Sachin Tendulkar, one of the best players in Indian cricket history. He holds the record for making the highest number of half-centuries (50s) in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Tendulkar has made a total of 21 half centuries, seven of which he made in the 2003 tournament.
Glenn McGrath, an Australian player dominates the individual bowling records, having featured for his country in four World Cups. He has one of the best strike rate and economy rate among any other bowler, having the best individual bowling figures and taken more wickets in the history of the tournament. McGrath holds a record of taking a total of 71 in the world cup tournament. In the year 2007, McGrath took 26 wickets in 11 matches.
4. Highest number of catches:
Australian former cricketer, Ricky Ponting, who was captain of the Australia national cricket team during its ‘golden era’ between 2004 and 2011, is the leading fielder in terms of catches made (28), in both an individual World Cup tournament and in the competition’s history.
5. Highest runs:
India’s Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for making highest runs (2278) in the Cricket World Cup. Tendulkar made 673 runs in 11 innings in the 2003 play-offs.
6. Most Sixes:
South African cricketer Abraham Benjamin (AB) de Villiers, who captains the South African ODI team, has hit the most sixes during the entire tournament, making a record total of 36. In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Villiers smashed 20 sixes in six innings.
7. Fastest 150:
AB de Villiers, in a match against West Indies in the World Cup 2015 game, created history by smashing the fastest 150 runs in 64 balls.
8. Fastest century:
Kevin Joseph O’Brien, an Irish cricketer who plays for Railway Union Cricket Club and has played for several English county cricket clubs, holds the record for hitting the fastest century against England, in 50 balls (2011).
9. Highest score:
Christopher Henry ‘Chris’ Gayle, who plays international cricket for the West Indies, scored his double century, making a record of 215 runs, in a match against Zimbabwe in the 2015 world cup tournament.
10. Maximum number of appearances in the World Cup Cricket:
Javed Miandad, Former Pakistani Cricketer: 1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1996;
Sachin Tendulkar, Former Indian Cricketer: 1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1996.
The aforementioned cricket world cup records have set a commendable precedent for all the inspiring players and swayed the world in the history of the competition.
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