Regarded as the pinnacle for cricketers across the world, the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup ever since its inception in 1975 has seen more than its fair share of some absolutely tantalizing batting performances. Graced with the best batsmen in the game, the showpiece tournament has seen some maverick individual performances that have left us mesmerized throughout the 11 editions of the tournament. We take a look at the top 5 run getters in the ICC ODI World Cup and their awe-inducing numbers that they have piled on over the years.
Top 5 run getters in the ICC ODI World Cup
- Sachin Tendulkar- 2,278
Playing in 5 different ICC Cricket World Cups (1992, 1996, 2003, 2007, 2011), Sachin Tendulkar amassed a total of 2,278 runs at the marquee event to sit at the helm of the top run-getters in the tournament. At an average of 56.95, he not only has 500 runs more than his nearest rival but also has 6 centuries to his name in the world cup, the most scored by any cricketer in the tournament. He also holds the record of the most fifties in the event with a staggering 15 knocks to his name.
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His highest score at the World Cup came against Namibia in 2003, a world cup where he amassed a massive 623 runs, the most by any batsman in any single edition. In that particular tournament, he had in Africa posted 152 against Namibia, 98 against Pakistan and 97 against Sri Lanka.
- Ricky Ponting- 1,743
Having played the most number of matches as a captain at the world at 29, Ponting in his 46 total matches has amassed 1,743 runs to be placed at second in the list of the top run-getters. His five 100s and six 50s include a score of 140 in an unbeaten inning, in one of four unbeaten innings he has played in the world cup.
- Kumar Sangakkara- 1,532
Taking third place in the list, Sangakkara scored over 1500 runs at the tournament to register a total of 1,532 runs in the world cup in the 37 matches that he has played. With the best of 124, the runs came at an average of 56.74 and five 100s.
- Brian Lara- 1,225
Having captained the West Indies in 2 world cups, in the 2003 and 2007 events, Lara stands fourth in the list with an aggregate of 1225 runs from 33 innings with an average of 42.24. At two centuries, he has the lowest number of 100s in his name in the top 5 list accompanied by a further 7 half-centuries. His highest score at the event is 116. Unfortunately, the numbers for him didn’t result in huge success at the tournament with West Indies floundering under his two-time captaincy at the event.
5. AB de Villiers- 1,207
With a staggering average of 63.53 and an even more eye-catching strike rate of 117.30, the highest of any batsman to have amassed over 1,000 runs at the world cup, one of the best batsmen to have taken to the game, AB de Villiers numbers at the premier tournament make for some reading. Finding himself at number 5 in the list of the top run-getters in the ODI world cup, he has over the years established his name as one of the most fearless batsmen in the world.
AB de Villiers is known for his expansive style of batting, one that throughout the entirety of his career has seen him amass a bagful of runs owing to a stroke play that only he can play. And his approach remained unchanged at the biggest stage in world cricket, seeing him register 1,207 runs in 22 innings. With 7 centuries to his name, he is also the third-highest in the list of 100s at the world cup but unluckily his side was never able to win the world cup while his inclusion in the South African unit.