With less than one month to go for the 2015 World Cup, here are some interesting trivias about the World Cup.
Afghanistan are making their first ever appearance in the ICC Cricket World Cups.
Three players are playing their Fifth World Cup. They are Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) and Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka).
India (MS Dhoni), Ireland (William Porterfield) and Zimbabwe (Elton Chigumbura) are the only teams to have the same captains from the previous World Cups.
Yuvraj Singh– First time, the Player of the tournament in a World Cup is not playing in its next edition even before announcing his retirement.
Overall Average Age of the players in the 2015 World Cup is 28.4 years.
UAE, with an average age of 32.18 years is the oldest among all the teams playing in the 2015 World Cup. Among the top 8 teams, Sri Lanka is the oldest with an average of 31.07 years.
Bangladesh, with 25 years as their average age is the youngest among all the teams playing in the 2015 World Cup. Among the top 8 teams, India is the youngest with an average of 27.35 years.
With an age of 43 years and 211 days, UAE’s Khurram Khan and Mohammad Tauqir are the oldest players of the tournament. Both the players were born on the same day (21 June 1971).
18 years and 61 days old Afghanistan batsman Usman Ghani is the youngest player of the tournament.
India’s MS Dhoni is the most experienced captain among all the other captains in the 2015 World Cup with 167 ODIs under his belt as a captain.
UAE’s Mohammad Tauqir is the least experienced captain among all the other captains in the 2015 World Cup as he is yet to make his ODI debut as a captain. West Indies’ Jason Holder closely follows him with 2 ODIs as captain.
Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene is the most experienced player going into the 2015 World Cup with 437 ODIs under his belt.
Ireland’s Peter Chase is the least experienced player going into the 2015 World Cup as he is yet to make his ODI debut.
Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene with 33 matches is the most experienced player in the World Cups among all the players taking part in the 2015 World Cup.
Sri Lanka are the most experienced squad with a combined total of 2071 ODIs between their 15 member squad.
UAE are the least experienced squad with a combined total of 71 ODIs between their 15 member squad. Among the top 8 teams, England are the least experienced with 944 games between them.
Among the batsmen in the 2015 World Cup, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has the highest ODI runs (13414 runs) in his ODI career.
Among the bowlers in the 2015 World Cup, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi has the most wickets (391 wickets) in his ODI career.
Sri Lanka with 61 hundreds between their players has the highest centuries among the teams in the 2015 World Cup.
UAE with only 1 hundred has the least centuries among the teams in the 2015 World Cup. Among the top 8 teams, England are the least with 15 hundreds.
Sri Lanka with 34 four-fors between their players has the highest four-fors among the teams in the 2015 World Cup.
UAE with only 1 four-for has the least four-fors among the teams in the 2015 World Cup. Among the top 8 teams, India are the least with 15 four-fors.
Mahela Jayawardene, with 991 runs from 28 innings has scored the highest runs in World Cups among the current batsmen.
Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, with 31 wickets in 14 innings has the most wickets in World Cups among the current bowlers.
India’s Virat Kohli has more ODI hundreds (21 hundreds) than anyone else going into the 2015 World Cup.
Among all the batsmen taking part in the 2015 World Cup, India’s Rohit Sharma is the only to have scored double hundreds in ODIs.
Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga has taken 2 Hat-Tricks in ODIs, the most by any bowler in this World Cup.
***Facts and Stats updated till 18 January 2015.
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