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We all know that the ICC World Cup is one of the most prestigious cricket tournaments in the world. It is the biggest stage for cricketer to prove his stint in front of the billions. Every country participating in this tournament has high expectations from their prolific batsmen to perform at the highest platform. The records made during the World Cup are considered as the greatest and are unforgettable. Here we will take a look at the most runs by a player in world cup history.
5 Batsmen with Most Runs in the World Cup
5AB de Villiers (1,207 runs)
Considered as one of the most destructive T20 batsmen around the globe, AB de Villiers is an equally riveting figure in ODI cricket. At an average of 64, MR 360 scored 1207 runs in 23 matches he played. Moreover, the run-machine had a strike rate of 117.
His 4 hundreds is the joint-third highest in the tournament, which is escorted by six half-tons. With the highest score of 162* against the West Indies in the 2015 World Cup was a treat for cricket fans. He played three World Cups in green jersey. The batting maestro took Proteas to semifinals twice in the 2007 and 2015. No doubt, he will go down as a legend for the South African team as well as the whole cricketing world.
4Brian Lara (1,225 runs)
Though he was neither as technically gifted as Sachin Tendulkar nor as dominant against the short ball as Ricky Ponting, Brian Charles Lara was a sublime batsman for West Indies who made to this league of extraordinary gentlemen. Known by his prodigal, behead like backlift and a pronounced crouch in his offbeat batting stance, Lara wasn’t just a brilliant player but a treat to watch. One of the most stylish left-handed batsmen to have ever batted, he was one of the best in his era.
The legendary Caribbean stood toe to toe against Sachin Tendulkar during 1995-2005 and due to which has made fourth spot in this list. He has an aggregate of 1225 runs from 33 innings with an average of 42.24. He did not achieve much as a skipper but flourished as a batsman.
3Kumar Sangakkara (1,532 runs)
When Sri Lankan cricket team was in trouble, who saved them? Kumar Sangakkara. The wicket keeper-batsman is one of the legendary sportsmen not restricted to Sri Lanka but around the world too. The southpaw has been an important asset for Sri Lanka in all major tournaments. The left-handed top order batsmen scored 1,532 runs in 35 innings in ICC World Cup.
He not only managed to score runs but even made it with a good pace. Sangakkara made to the run mark with an average of 57 and strike rate of 87. The humble of all around the Sri Lanka cricket team, Sangakkara scored 5 centuries in ICC World Cups. Don’t you miss the elegant left-hander?
2Ricky Ponting (1,743 runs)
From leading the golden-era of Australian cricket, where they dominated the entire world between the 22-yards, which includes two ICC World cups (2003 and 2007) and the ICC Champions Trophies (in 2006 and 2009), the man has done it all. The Tasmanian who represented the nation at the age of 20 is one of the most successful skippers in the World Cups.
Ponting stands second in this list with an aggregate of 1743 runs from 42 innings. The stalwart scored the run tally at an average of 45.97 and at a strike rate of 79.95. The former Aussie skipper was also a part of the 1999 world cup winning team. Ponting has 5 centuries and six half centuries to his name. His match-winning knock of 140* in the 2003 World Cup final against India will be cherished forever.
1Sachin Tendulkar (2,278 runs)
The list itself starts with ‘The God.’ Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar tops the chart with 2,278 runs in 45 matches. Along with most runs in World Cup, Little Master’s record of 6 centuries and 15 fifties in the span of nine years will be hard to break anytime soon.
After playing 6 World Cups, Sachin Tendulkar finally fulfilled his dream by lifting the trophy in his last World Cup in 2011. At an average of 56.95 and strike rate of 88.98, Sachin proved that why he is a legend. His century against Kenya in 1999 was considered as an emotional because despite his father’s demise, Sachin played and help India won that encounter.
>Sachin Tendulkar from India with 2,278 runs.
>Ricky Ponting from Australia with 1,743 runs.
>Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka with 1,532 runs.
>Brian Lara from the West Indies with 1,225 runs.
>AB de Villiers from South Africa with 1,207 runs.
Being among the top 5 batsmen with the most runs in the World Cup is a remarkable achievement. It reflects the consistency, skill, and longevity of these players in the tournament. It also highlights their ability to perform under high-pressure situations and contribute significantly to their team’s success.
Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs in World Cup history.