The ICC World Cup 2015 is finally over! The Australians, not surprisingly lifted the coveted trophy in an emphatic fashion at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Australians were the deserving winners of the crown, and were dominant throughout the tournament. It is often said that a team is complete when everyone performs the tasks assigned to them with precision. The batsmen and their contribution is crucial, which determines the team total. In this article, we have a look at the top 5 run getters in this World Cup.
Becoming a part of the top 5 run getters is far from an easy task, but achievable for sure!
5. Shikhar Dhawan (412 runs):
The stylish Indian southpaw is fifth in the list of top 5 run getters for the World Cup. To everyone’s surprise, Dhawan was clinical throughout the World Cup. He commenced the tournament in grand style against arch rivals Pakistan, scoring a priceless 73, before being run out. His best innings though came against the South Africans. Shikhar got to a thumping 137 against the Proteas. He treated the likes of Steyn and Morkel with utter disrespect. The opener, got to his second ton against Ireland, and his golden run continued. In the semi final, Dhawan got India off to a flier. It was his wicket, which turned the tide in Australia’s favour. The southpaw scored 412 runs at an average of 51.50, and at a strike rate of 91.75, to stand fifth in the list of the top 5 run getters.
4. Brendon Taylor (433 runs):
Taylor was the brightest spot in Zimbabwe’s World Cup campaign. The talented right hander batted with extreme precision and timed the ball fantastically well. The 29 year old Zimbabwean notched up two sensational tons in this World Cup. It was his 138 against the prevailing Indians, which won everyone’s hearts. Taylor has some really fascinating numbers to back his immense talent in this World Cup. The Zimbabwean scored his 433 runs, at a staggering average of 72.16, at an eye popping strike rate of 106.91. Brendon Taylor was entirely unfortunate, as Zimbabwe could only play the group stage.
3. AB De Villiers (482 runs):
When the list of the top scorers is mentioned, one name automatically hovers in everyone’s mind! Yes, it’s AB De Villiers. The South African run machine amassed 482 runs in this edition, at a jaw dropping average of 96.40. The runs were scored at a galloping rate as well. A Strike rate of 144.31 just signifies that! AB’s mystifying knock of 162 off just 66 balls against the West Indies was completely annihilating. The South African skipper redefined the term power hitting with that knock. Against Pakistan as well, AB was the lone warrior for South Africa, and was on the verge of taking them home, had he not been dismissed. As a whole, it was a pleasure for the viewers, to watch ABD in full flow.
2. Kumar Sangakkara (541 runs):
Run making cannot get more clinical and magical than that! Sangakkara has surely taken run making to a new high altogether. He has simply unreal numbers to his name in this edition of the World Cup. It was a disappointing campaign for the Sri Lankans, but personally, Sangakkara will never forget this World Cup. The Sri Lankan wicketkeeper notched up four tons in four consecutive games, thus making an ODI record. 4 tons in four games is simply unthinkable off. But this lion hearted Sri Lankan did that! Averaging at a whopping 108.20 an inning, at a strike rate of 105.87 made it Sanga’s World Cup indeed. His best knock came against England, where he scored 117 off just 86 balls. Clinical indeed!
1. Martin Guptill (547 runs):
All hail the Kiwi table topper! Guptill endured the World Cup like a sweet, never ending dream. The Kiwi opener accumulated as many as 547 runs, averaging 68.37 an inning. His strike rate was 104.58. Against the West Indians in the fourth quarter final, Guptill scored a mesmerizing 237* off just 163 balls. The sixes he hit from his high back-lift simply spellbound the viewers. He even scored a ton, 105 against Bangladesh, while guiding New Zealand in a tricky run chase. Guptill was a significant reason, behind New Zealand’s brilliant campaign at the World Cup. The tall right hander would have loved to win the cup as well, but that might be left for some other occasion. With the bat though, he surely won the battles against the helpless bowlers!
It has been the courtesy of some fine batting performances, that this World Cup will be etched in everyone’s memory for a really long time!