Among the 210 players playing in the 2015 World Cup, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara with 991 runs from 28 innings with an average of 46 across three different World Cups is the leading run scorer in the World cups. He is closely followed by his teammate Mahela Jayawardene and South Africa’s AB de Villiers. Here is the list of top 10 run scorers in the World Cup (1975-2011). 

10. Aravinda de Silva

Top 10 Run Getters in the World Cup

Sri Lankan batting great Aravinda de Silva, who played for Sri Lanka in five World Cups from 1987 to 2003 is placed at tenth in the list of top 10 run getters in the World Cups. He has scored a total of 1064 runs in the 32 innings he played in the World Cups. Out of these 32 innings, the best knock from his bat came in the finals of the 1996 World Cup in which he remained unbeaten on 107 and led Sri Lanka home by 7 wickets which helped them lift the trophy.

9. Herschelle Gibbs

Top 10 Run Getters in the World Cup

Unlike de Silva, Gibbs played only three World Cups for South Africa and has scored 1067 runs in 23 innings at an average of 56.15. He is also the only batsman to have scored six sixes in an over ODIs and he achieved this feat against Netherlands in the 2007 World Cup. His unbeaten 143 against New Zealand at Johannesburg is one of the better knocks played by him in the World Cups.

8. Stephen Fleming

Top 10 Run Getters in the World Cup

 

1075 from 33 matches at an average of 36 in the World Cup matches is not a bad figures for any batsman. Former Kiwi skipper Stephan Fleming has been a prolific run scorer for New Zealand in the four World Cup editions he played. His highest score of 134* against South Africa at Jo’burg in the 2003 edition was one of the finest ever knocks ever played by a New Zealand batsmen in ODIs.

7. Javed Miandad

Top 10 Run Getters in the World Cup

Former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad is one of the two players to have played in 6 World Cups. Since making his debut for Pakistan in the 1975 World Cup, Miandad carried himself all the way till the 1996 World Cup and in the meantime, he had scored 1083 runs in 30 innings at an average of 43.32. He was also a vital part of the 1992 World Cup winning Pakistan team.

6. Adam Gilchrist

Top 10 Run Getters in the World Cup

Adam Gilchrist, who scored a fifty (149 in 2007 World Cup) in all the three World Cup finals has scored 1085 runs in 31 innings for the Aussies in the three World Cup at an average of 37. His 149 in the finals of the 2007 World Cup against Sri Lanka was one of the most brutal innings in the World Cup.

5. Jacques Kallis

Top 10 Run Getters in the World Cup

South African Jacques Kallis has played 36 matches across five World Cup from 196 to 2011. In the 32 innings he got to bat, he amassed 1148 runs with an average of 43. Unfortunately for Kallis, his side failed to reach the finals at least once in those editions. His highest score 128* came against Netherlands in the same match in which Herschelle Gibbs hit six sixes in an over.

4. Sanath Jayasuriya

Top 10 Run Getters in the World Cup

Sanath Jayasuriya was one of the vital members of the 1996 World Cup winning Sri Lankan team. It was when he showed the world on how to bat in the mandatory field restriction overs as he smashed the bowlers all over the park. He went on to win the Man of the Series award. The Matara Mauler also did well in the 1999, 2003 and the 2007 World Cup. In total, he has scored 1165 runs in 37 innings at an average of 34.26.

3. Brian Lara

Top 10 Run Getters in the World Cup

West Indian great Brian Lara has been a part of 5 World Cups like Sanath Jayasuriya and has scored more than the Lankan opener. In the 33 innings, Lara has scored 1225 runs at an average of 42.24. But unlike Jayasuriya, Lara neither won a World Cup with West Indies nor qualified for the last four.

2. Ricky Ponting

Top 10 Run Getters in the World Cup

Ricky Ponting is three most successful player in the World Cups as he finished as a runner-up in the 1996 edition and won three consecutive World Cups (1999, 2003 and 2007) with two as a captain. As a player too, he has some incredible record in the World Cups. HE is one of the two players to have scored over 1500 runs in the World Cups as he has accumulated a total of 1743 runs in 42 innings at an average of 45.86.

1. Sachin Tendulkar:

Top 10 Run Getters in the World Cup

India’s Sachin Tendulkar is the most successful batsman in the World Cups with 2278 runs in 44 matches at an average of 57 in the six World Cups he played from 1992 till 2011. He has also scored 6 centuries, the most number of hundreds in the tournaments. He won the tournament in 2011 and won the Player of the Tournament in 2003 edition.

Here is list of Top 10 leading run getters in World Cups:

S.No

Batsman

Team

Span

Mat/Inn

Runs

 Avg

HS

100/50

1

Sachin Tendulkar

India

92-11

45/44

2278

56.95

152

6/15

2

Ricky Ponting

Australia

96-11

46/42

1743

45.86

140*

5/6

3

Brian Lara

West Indies

92-07

34/33

1225

42.24

116

2/7

4

Sanath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka

92-07

38/37

1165

34.26

120

3/6

5

Jacques Kallis

South Africa

96-11

36/32

1148

45.92

128*

1/9

6

Adam Gilchrist

Australia

99-07

31/31

1085

36.16

149

1/8

7

Javed Miandad

Pakistan

75-96

33/30

1083

43.32

103

1/8

8

Stephen Fleming

New Zealand

96-07

33/33

1075

35.83

134*

2/5

9

Herschelle Gibbs

South Africa

99-07

25/23

1067

56.15

143

2/8

10

Aravinda de Silva

Sri Lanka

87-03

35/32

1064

36.68

145

2/6

*Stats updated till the end of 2011 World Cup

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