As we are entering the quarter finals stage from the 18th of March there has been some excellent performance by individuals who have left with lasting impressions. Two players each from Australia and West Indies, one each from Sri Lanka, India, South Africa and New Zealand account among these star performers.
Here we look at such individual performance of World Cup 2015 so far:
- Most runs
Sangakkara is the leading runs scorer in the tournament so far with 496 runs. He has been in great form in the past 4 matches against Bangladesh, England, Australia and Scotland. Against Bangladesh he scored 105 runs off 76 balls hitting 13 fours and 1 six. He continued his form against England scoring an outstanding century. He scored 117 off 86 balls hitting 16 fours and 2 sixes, helped Sri Lanka to win the match by 9 wickets. While chasing a massive target 376 Sangakara was again in great touch scoring 104 runs off 107 balls hitting 11 fours. Against Scotland he scored antoher century scoring 124 off 95 balls hitting 13 fours and 4 sixes. With the quarter finals against South Africa tomorrow he will be main man for Sri Lanka.
- Most Wickets
Mitchell Starc has been the leading wicket taker in the World Cup 2015 so far with 16 wickets. So far Starc has picked 2 wickets against England, 6 wickets against NewZeleand, 2 against Afghanistan, 2 against Sri Lanka and 4 wickets against Scotland. He has bowled brilliantly and not allowed the opponent batsmen to score runs freely. His economy in the tournament has been outstanding bowling well and created pressure. He has bowled well in the death over’s too.
- Highest scorer
Chris Gayle is the highest indiduvual scorer in the tournament. He scored 215 runs against Zimbabwe. He played slowly at the start and gave time to settle on the wicket. After adjusting to the pace and bounce of the pitch he just took the bowling into pieces. He hit 215 runs off 147 balls hitting 10 fours and 16 sixes. His batting helped West Indies pile on huge score of 372/2 in 50 over’s. This match was played at Canberra on 24th February.
- Highest Batting strike rate
Glenn Maxwell has the highest batting strike rate in the tournament. His batting strike rate has been an amazing 190.37. He comes in the middle order and scores at a fast pace. He scored 66 off 40 against England, 88 off 39 against Afghanstan and 102 off 53 balls against Sri Lanka. In all these matches he came and just attacked the bowling from the start. He will the key men in the important matches ahead.
- Most Catches
Umesh Yadav is the leading with most number of catches in the tournament so far with 8 catches. He has caught brilliantly. Against Pakistan he caught 2 catches, against South Africa he produced an excellent run out, against UAE he did not catch ant thing but picked 2 wickets, against West Indies he caught 2 catches, against Irleand he caught 3 catches and against Zimbabwe he picked 3 wickets and also caught 1 catch.
- Best Bowling Spell
Tim Southee bowled one of the best bowling spell in the World Cup 2015. He picked 7 wickets for 33 runs against England. This match was played at Wellington on the 20th February. It was the best bowling spell for a long time. In this match he picked the wickets of Ian Bell and Moeen Ali bowled with some great bowls. In the second spell he came back and took the wickets of James Taylor, Buttler, Woakes, Broad and Finn. He helped to bowl out England for a paltry total of 123 which the hosts chased in 12.2 overs.
- Most Sixes
Ab De Villers has the most number of sixes in the tournament so far. He has hit 20 sixes in the 6 matches. Against Zimbabwe he hit 1 six, against India he was not able to hit a single six, against West Indies hit 8 sixes, against Ireland he smashed 2 sixes, against Pakistan he hit 5 sixes, against UAE he hit 4 sixes. He is hard hitter of the ball and can hit the ball a long way. He creates pressure on the bowlers and does not allow him to settle to a line and length.
- Most wicketkeeper dismissals
Dinesh Ramdin is the wicketkeeper with most dismissals behind the wicket. He has 13 dismissals. Against Ireland he had 2 caught behinds, against Pakistan he had 3 dismissals caught behind dismissals, against Zimbabwe he had 2 dismissals behind the wicket, against South Africa he had 2 caught behind dismissals, against India he had 3 dismissals behind the wicket, against UAE he had only 1 caught behind.