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Cricket World Cup Century Hunters: Top 12 Legendary Batsmen

Scoring a century in an ODI format is a dream for any batsman. But it is the ultimate fantasy of any batsman to score on in World Cup. After all, the ICC World Cup is one of the most prestigious tournaments around the globe. There are many records and scripts already written in this tournament. One such is of scoring the maximum number of centuries by players in World Cup. On that note, here we take a look at the batsmen with the most centuries in the ICC cricket World Cup.

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Batsmen With Most Centuries in Cricket World Cup

Player

Span

Mat

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100

50

Rohit Sharma (IND)

2015-2023

25

1420

140

61.73

102.97

7

5

DA Warner (AUS)

2015-2023

25

1420

178

61.73

101.86

6

4

Sachin Tendulkar (IND)

1992-2011

45

2278

152

56.95

88.98

6

15

KC Sangakkara (SL)

2003-2015

37

1532

124

56.74

86.55

5

7

RT Ponting (AUS)

1996-2011

46

1743

140*

45.86

79.95

5

6

Sourav Ganguly (IND)

1999-2007

21

1006

183

55.88

77.50

4

3

AB de Villiers (SA)

2007-2015

23

1207

162*

63.52

117.29

4

6

ME Waugh (AUS)

1992-1999

22

1004

130

52.84

83.73

4

4

Q de Kock (SA)

2015-2023

25

1000

174

43.47

98.03

4

4

TM Dilshan (SL)

2007-2015

27

1112

161*

52.95

92.97

4

4

DPMD Jayawardene (SL)

1999-2015

40

1100

115*

35.48

85.93

4

5

Virat Kohli (IND)

2011-2023

34

1573

107

58.25

87.24

4

10

8
Mark Edward Waugh (4)

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Mark Edward Waugh AM, a renowned Australian cricket commentator and former international cricketer, represented his country in Test matches from 1991 to 2002, having debuted in One Day Internationals in 1988. Waugh played a pivotal role in Australia’s victorious 1999 Cricket World Cup campaign. In cricket World Cup, Mark Edward has scored 4 centuries in total of 22 matches.

  • Matches: 22
  • Runs: 1004
  • Average: 52.84
  • Highest: 130

7
AB de Villiers (4)

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Ab de Villier (Image Credits: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Whole world calls them chokers. But how many of you know that their explosive batsman fits in the list? Yes, the former captain AB de Villiers has four centuries on his name. The Mr 360 of cricket is on the seventh. The hard-hitter of the ball in T20, the man has showcased his potential on world stage too. From an exciting prospect in 2007, AB de Villiers has gone on to becoming the world’s elite batsman. The free-flowing hitter has all the shots in and off the cricket and has scored 4 centuries in 23 World Cup matches. With 1207 runs and an average of 63.52, Ab de Villers was one of the classic batsmen in the world. A knock of 162 not-out in 66 balls against West Indies in 2015 World Cup in India will be cherished forever.

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  • Matches: 23
  • Runs: 1207
  • Average: 63.52
  • Highest: 162*

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6
Sourav Ganguly (4)

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Sourav Ganguly during World Cup semi-final against Kenya in 2003 (Image Credits: Espncricinfo)

The ‘Bengal Tiger’ has roared high when it comes to World Cup. The Prince of Kolkata has many records to his name. The most efficacious skippers to lead team India and one of the greatest ODI batsmen, Sourav Ganguly has four centuries on his name. Dada is the sixth on this list.

Four tons and 3 half-centuries at a strike rate of 77.50, Ganguly, leads from the front had always set an example during world’s most prestigious tournament.

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  • Matches: 21
  • Runs: 1006
  • Average: 55.88
  • Highest: 183

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5
Ricky Ponting (5)

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Ricky Ponting at 2003 WC final ( Image Credits: Cricket Australia)

Call him a leader of on his own league or Australia’s most tactician skipper! This list is incomplete without the name of Ricky Ponting. He is the part of three-time World Cup winning team, including two as captain. Ponting has five hundreds and six half-centuries across 42 innings in World Cups. The tactful captain has been one of the pillar on which entire team could depend on. The tough Aussie batsman was mentally strong to work under pressure. His commitment to win matches had brought him some of the famed glories. His splendid century against India in 2003 final will be always remembered.

  • Matches: 46
  • Runs: 1743
  • Average: 45.86
  • Highest: 140*

4
Kumar Sangakkara (5)

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara (Image credits: cricket.com.au)

When Sri Lanka is in trouble at big occasion? Who comes to rescue? Cometh the hour, cometh the man; Kumar Sangakkara. He was the mainstay of Sri Lanka for many years.

The former skipper had led the team to the finals of the World Cup in 2011, where the team lost. However, Sri Lanka won the World T20 in Bangladesh in April 2014. The left-hander has scored five centuries and seven fifties in the World Cup history. Do you know Sangakkara scored four of his five World Cup hundreds in 2015 and scored as many as 541 runs in 7 matches?

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  • Matches: 37
  • Runs: 1532
  • Average: 56.74
  • Highest: 124

3
Sachin Tendulkar (6)

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Sachin Tendulkar scored a brilliant ton in World Cup 2011

When it comes to the most centuries in cricket World Cup or any other match, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is ultimate demigod. Sachin Tendulkar featured in the six World Cups – 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 – Tendulkar played 45 World Cup matches and scored 2278 runs with an average of 56.95. Sachin hit six hundreds and 15 half-centuries. The legend of the cricket world holds many records to his name. His skyscraper long records cheer the budding cricketers to touch the sky as well. He was the official brand ambassador of 2015 World Cup.

  • Matches: 45
  • Runs: 2278
  • Average: 56.95
  • Highest: 152

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2
David Warner (6)

List of Most Centuries in Cricket World Cup History | David Warner- KreedOn
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David Warner, the fiery dynamo of Australian cricket, has left an indelible mark on the grand stage of the Cricket World Cup. Known for his explosive batting style and unwavering determination, Warner has set the tournament ablaze with his scintillating performances. With a flurry of boundaries and a knack for taking on any bowling attack, he has become a force to be reckoned with in the World Cup arena. He scored a total of 6 centuries in the World Cup so far.

  • Matches: 25
  • Runs: 1420
  • Average: 61
  • Highest: 178

1
Rohit Sharma (7)

List of Most Centuries in Cricket World Cup History- Rohit Sharma- KreedOn
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Rohit Sharma, the cricketing virtuoso known for his elegant strokeplay and unwavering focus, has etched his name in the annals of World Cup history. With an astonishing display of skill and sheer brilliance, Sharma has sent the cricketing world into a frenzy, notching up an impressive number of centuries in the prestigious tournament. Rohit Sharma is leading the chart of most centuries in cricket world cup. He scored 7 centuries (same as Sachin Tendulkar) in only 19 matches.

  • Matches: 25
  • Runs: 1420
  • Average: 61.73
  • Highest: 140

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FAQ

Who holds the record for the most centuries in Cricket World Cup history?

The record for the most centuries in Cricket World Cup history is held by Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma.

How many centuries has Sachin Tendulkar scored in World Cups?

Sachin Tendulkar has scored a total of six centuries in 45 Cricket World Cup matches.

What is the highest individual score in a Cricket World Cup match?

In the annals of World Cup history, it is New Zealand’s Martin Guptill who reigns supreme with the highest individual score. Guptill’s remarkable unbeaten innings of 237 runs against West Indies in 2015 remains an awe-inspiring feat.

Akshay Badwe
Akshay Badwe
The God taught me to love everybody but the most ones I learned to love are the athletes. Desire, determination and discipline takes me to a great deal of love towards sports. One can call me an avid sport maniac because I love to pen down some glorious content on sports. Being from journalism background with experience in media from couple of years I would like to keep this legacy going and now joining Kreedon gives me one more platform to explore the new world. I am always up to have a word on sports with a coffee.

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