ICC World Cup 2019: Five Batsmen with Highest Individual Totals at the World Cup
As we are gearing up for the twelfth edition of the multi-nation tournament, the ICC World Cup 2019 will get underway on May 30 in London. So, let’s relive the moments of the past edition as we’re writing a piece on five batsmen with highest individual totals at the World Cup.
Well, the flamboyant cricketers have played some enthralling knocks. Subsequently, it has been a reason for the riveting chapter of the cricket’s glorious phase in the recent past.
Here’s the list of five batsmen with highest individual scores at the World Cup:
Martin Guptill (237* vs Windies) – 2015
Martin Guptill holds the record of scoring most individual runs in a single innings during the World Cup. The audacious batsman has blasted 163-ball unbeaten 237.
Interestingly, he had achieved the record at Wellington during the 2015 World Cup when Australia also hosted it. Guptill produced a scintillating knock against Windies during the quarterfinal.
During his knock, he got the life when Marlon Samuels went on to drop a catch in the very first over. Guptill’s innings included 24 fours and 11 sixes to helped Kiwis post 393 for six on board. In response, the Caribbean team was restricted at 250.
Chris Gayle (215 vs Zimbabwe) – 2015
Chris Gayle has been known for his hard-hitting prowess. He has set the record to become the first player by slamming a double ton at the World Cup.
Known as a slow-starter, Gayle who survived an lbw call further went past the triple-figure mark off 105 balls before added his next 100 off mere 33 deliveries. Gayle has thrashed Zimbabwean bowlers by slamming 16 sixes and ten fours to notch-up 215.
Gary Kirsten (188* vs UAE) – 1996
The elegant top-order batsman Gary Kirsten boasts about a record of smashing a World Cup hundred on becoming first-ever Proteas batter to do so. The high-quality batsman achieved the feat against the United Arab Emirates in Rawalpindi on February 16, 1996.
The exquisite timer of the ball Kirsten helped Proteas to post 321 for five as he managed to remain unbeaten on 188 off 159 balls.
During his marathon knock, Kirsten blasted 13 fours and fours sixes as on the majority of the occasions he ran between the wickets.
At that time, Kirsten managed the highest individual total at the ICC’s marquee event. However, in response, the UAE was restricted at 152 for eight. Thus, Proteas won the game convincingly by 169 runs, as Kirsten was hailed for his valiant effort.
Sourav Ganguly (183 vs Sri Lanka) – 1999
Former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly is still the highest individual run-scorer in an innings with 183 runs. Overall, his remarkable World Cup knock included 17 fours and seven sixes under his belt against Sri Lanka.
In what could be termed as a fascinating experience, Ganguly alongside the Wall – Rahu Dravid has played a remarkable role for India at the 1999 World Cup.
As the duo forged an outstanding partnership of 318 runs, Ganguly made most of the conditions by going downtown. Thus, it has gone down as one of the most memorable knocks in World Cup history.
Viv Richards (181 vs Sri Lanka) – 1987
Windies batting giant and the then skipper Vivian Richards firstly denied the hat-trick to Ravi Ratnayeke before setting himself for launching the attack on the opposition.
Richards’ hand eye-coordination has impressed one and all. However, his knock against Sri Lanka has set-up the tempo for the Windies when he bailed out his team.
The technically sound batsman Richards had the penchant for scoring quick runs, and he didn’t show any intimidation while going against the Lankan attack. He slammed his 100 off 97 deliveries following a cautious start when the situation demanded to get out of the bad phase.
Interestingly, he slammed last 81 runs off 33 balls before eclipsing the then highest individual world record of 175 set by Kapil Dev with a massive six.
He ended up helping his team to reach 343 for four with the help of 16 boundaries and seven maximums.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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