After the big wait of four years, the ICC World Cup 2019 has already begun with some of the best cricketing nations fighting it out for the ultimate glory. The 12th edition of the world’s biggest cricket tournament will be hosted by England and Wales for the first time since 1999. The ICC World Cup 2019 will be played over a span of 46 days from May 30 to July 14. The finals will be played in the ‘Home of Cricket’, Lords Cricket Ground, London. The previous editions of mega-event featured many record-breaking performances from some of the best in the world. Ahead of the biggest cricketing extravaganza, let us have a look at the 10 best World Cup record that created history.
10Most consecutive centuries
Former captain and Sri Lankan legend, who led the team to World Cup Finals in 2011, Kumar Sangakkara created history on March 11, 2015. He became the first batsman to score four centuries in a row in the ICC Cricket World Cup. In fact, this is the first time ever that 4 consecutive centuries have been scored by a player in ODI history. The left-handed batsman scored these 4 centuries against Bangladesh (105*), England (117*), Australia (104) and Scotland (124) in the ICC World Cup 2015. Previously, three players had scored three centuries in a single tournament. Waugh, Ganguly, and Matthew Hayden scored 3 centuries each in 1996, 2003, 2007 World Cup respectively. This was also the first time that a batsman scored 4 centuries in a single World Cup.
Kevin Joseph O’Brien, a right-handed Irish batsman and all-rounder, holds the World Cup record for hitting the fastest century in the history of ICC World Cup. He pulled off this feat in 50 balls in a match against England on 2 March 2011. Kevin helped Ireland pull off what is now the highest successful chase in World Cup history. He came to the crease when Ireland was suffering at 106 for 4, which soon became 111 for 5 when Gary Wilson fell lbw. But O’Brien proceeded to tear the English bowlers apart. On the back of Kevin’s innings, Ireland managed to chase 328 runs with 5 balls sparing.
AB de Villiers, former South African captain and the right-handed batsman has terrified the best of international bowlers throughout his career. He holds the record of the fastest fifty, hundred and 150 in ODI cricket. Coincidentally, all these destructions were against West Indies. On February 27 2015, South Africa beat West Indies by 257 runs registering the joint-worst defeat in World Cups.
7Most World Cup appearances
Sachin Tendulkar and Javid Miandad hold the joint record for playing in the ICC World Cup for record 6 times in their long and lustrous cricketing career.
Javed Miandad is termed by many the greatest ODI player to have played for Pakistan. The former captain, a hard-hitting batsman, was highly recognised for his unorthodox batting technique and fearless attitude. He was an integral part of the Pakistani squad in 1992 World Cup triumph scoring 437 runs for his side. He played in all the ICC World Cups since its inception in 1975 to his retirement in 1996.
Sachin Tendulkar is regarded by many to be the greatest batsman to have ever touches the bat. The Indian legend is regarded by many as the ‘God of Cricket’. He is the leading run scorer in the ODI as well as ICC World Cup. Also, he holds the record of most centuries, 6 across his 6 ICC World Cup appearances.
6Highest individual run scored in a World Cup match
On 21 March 2015, New Zealand’s opening batsman, Martin Guptill broke Chris Gayle’s record of 215 runs scoring 237 not out against his team. He helped New Zealand defeat West Indies by 143 runs and qualify into the Semi-Finals of ICC World Cup 2015. Guptill scored 137 runs in last 52 balls to post a target of 394 for the visitors. His 163-ball inning is now the highest score in any ICC World Cup match. It is the second highest score overall in ODI, behind Rohit Sharma’s 264 against Sri Lanka.
5Fastest ball bowled in World Cup
Shoaib Akhtar aka ‘Rawalpindi Express’ was known for his terrifying pace in bowling. The right-arm pacer bowled fastest delivery ever bowled crossing the 100miles mark on 22 February 2003, against England in a World Cup game at Newlands, Capetown, South Africa. The last ball of his second over of the match was recorded at 161.3km/h or 100.2mph. This bettered his previous mark of 161.0km/h recorded on 27th of April 2002.
4Youngest Captain to win the World Cup
Kapil Dev was a legendary Indian all-rounder. Kapil Dev holds the world cup record of being youngest captain to lead a team to win the ICC World Cup. The man led the Indian Cricket team to its first-ever World Cup Triumph. The 24-year-old captain from India went on to win the World Cup in 1983 in England against the back-to-back champions West Indies in the Finals. Since the average age of the captains in the upcoming World Cup is 27+, this record will be untouched for at least another 5 years.
34 wickets in 4 balls
Lasith Malinga is a right-arm fast bowler of Sri Lanka famous for his unique bowling action and variation in deliveries. His death bowling and toe-crushing yorkers have been feared around the world. On March 28, 2007, Lasith Malinga pulled off something never seen before in ODI history. The Proteas were cruising at 206/5 with just 5 runs needed to win. But Lasith Malinga had other plans. In the last 2 balls of the 45th over Malinga clean bowled Shaun Pollock. Then he had Andrew Hall caught at covers of the final ball of that over. Coming back to bowl first 2 balls of the 47th over, he got Kallis caught behind for a well made 86 and completed his hattrick. Malinga made it four in a row, killing Makhaya Ntini with his yorker straight into the block-hole.
2Longest streak without defeat
Team Australia was absolutely invincible in the early 2000s. They have dominated the ODIs and performed spectacularly during the World Cups. Australia holds the record streak of 34 consecutive matches without defeat. The streak started in the 1999 World Cup against Scotland and ended in the 2011 World Cup against Pakistan. In the 34 matches, Australia had 32 wins, 1 tie and 1 no result game.
1The most successful team in World Cup
Australia is the most successful team in the ICC World Cup’s history, winning the tournament for a record 5 times. They have won the World Title under the leadership of Alan Border(1987), Steve Waugh (1999), Ricky Ponting (2003 and 2007) and Michael Clarke (2015). Australia is the only team in history to record a 3-peat, winning the ICC World Cup for 3 consecutive editions in 1999, 2003 and 2007. While achieving this feat, they also managed to record the streak of 34 consecutive matches without defeat.