Without any doubt all would know that it is Sachin Tendukar who would top the list after his phenomenal scoring in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. We have also heard it from an other legend Rahul Dravid that Sachin didn’t even face a single delivery in the during the practice session and only played the throw-downs. Hearing this in itself one can imagine, what form Sachin would have been in that season. But sadly India lost out on the finals.

Leaving that behind, if Sachin with just the practice of throw downs has scored the highest runs in a single edition of a World CUp who are the other Top scorers after Sachin to score most runs in ODI World Cup –

Name World Cup Matches Runs HS 100/50
Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 2003 – Kenya, SA, Zim 11 673 152 1/6
Matthew Hayden (Aus) 2007 – WI 11 659 158 3/1
Mahela Jayawardene (SL) 2007 – WI 11 548 115* 1/4
Ricky Ponting (Aus) 2007 – WI 11 539 113 1/4
Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 1996 – Ind, Pak, SL 7 523 137 2/3
Tilakaratne Dilshan (SL) 2011 – Ind, Pak, SL, Ban 9 500 144 2/2
Scott Styris (NZ) 2007 – WI 10 499 111* 1/4
Jacques Kallis (SA) 2007 – WI 10 485 128* 1/3
Mark Waugh (Aus) 1996 – Ind, Pak, SL 7 484 130 3/1
Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 2011 – Ind, Pak, SL, Ban 9 482 120 2/2

Stat updated till the end of World Cupp 2011

Following Sachin is Hayden of Australia, who is considered to be one of the dangerust openers Australia has ever had. There are 3 Australians (Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh) in the Top 10 list, which is the most by any country. But one thing we must also note is Sachin alone has made it to the Top 10 list thrice which is the most by any player.

Sachin has also scored the most number of 50s in a single edition of a World Cup i.e 6 which also came in the 2003 World Cup. Whereas for 100s, there 3 instances when a player has hit 3 centuries in a single edition – Matthew Hayden (2007), Mark Waugh (1996) and Saurav Ganguly (2003).

If Sachin could score 673 without net practice, we wonder what other players practice style would have been to score most runs in a single edition of a World Cup.