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In the realm of international cricket, the ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup stands as a pinnacle of competition, a battleground where the cricketing elite contest for supremacy. Since its inception in 1975, this tournament has been a source of unbridled excitement for cricket fanatics worldwide. With each edition, it has grown in stature, captivating the hearts and minds of fans, while engraving fast moments in the archives of the sport.
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The Evolution of Excellence
The ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup has traversed an intriguing journey, witnessing the evolution of cricketing ability over the years. From the initial eight-team tournament in 1975 to the current format, featuring ten teams, this competition has grown in scale and grandeur. As we delve into the statistics, it becomes abundantly clear that this tournament is not just about cricket; it’s about history in the making.
A Glance at the Records
As we delve deeper into the statistics of the ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup, we uncover a treasure trove of records. The highest team total, the most sixes in a single tournament, the fastest century – these records serve as milestones in the sport’s history.
In this article, we’ve barely scratched the surface of the rich tapestry that is the ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup. As we move forward, we’ll explore the tournament’s history, its iconic moments, and delve into the statistics that make it a cricketing extravaganza like no other.
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The Sachin Tendulkar Phenomenon
One cannot delve into the history of the ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup without mentioning Sachin Tendulkar. His records in World Cup tournaments are engraved in gold. With the most runs in World Cup history and a staggering 673 runs in the 2003 edition, Tendulkar’s name is synonymous with excellence.
Most Runs in ODI World Cup
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is leading this table with great margin. He has scored 2278 runs in 44 innings with avg. of 56.95. This record seems to be unbreakable now, because no one is close to him amongst playing players.
If we talk about players who are still playing and are going to play ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Shakib-Al-Hassan frm Bangladesh is leading with 1146 runs in 29 innings with avg. of 45.84. Viral Kohli is very much near to Shakib and expected to surpass him in coming world cup.
Most Centuries in ODI World Cup
India’s Rohit Sharma is leading the table with 6 centuries and equaled his record with Sachin. But Rohit has achieved this remarkable record in only 17 innings.
If we consider only playing men, then Rohit Sharma is followed by DA Warner (Aus) with 4 centuries and Joe Root (Eng) with 3 centuries.
Most Sixes in ODI World Cup
None other than Chris Gayle (WI) is leading this table with 49 sixes in 34 innings, followed by AB de (SA) with 37 sixes and R Ponting(Aus) with 31 sixes.
Sachin from India is at the top of the list if we only consider Indian players. He has hit 27 sixes in 44 innings, followed by Dada Sourav Ganguly with 25 sixes in 21 innings. Rohit Sharma with 23 sixes in 17 innings is in playing XI in this WC 2023.
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Bowling Brilliance – Glenn MacGrath
While the batsmen have often stolen the limelight, the tournament has witnessed some mesmerizing performances by bowlers. Glenn MacGrath, the Australian pacer, stands tall as the highest wicket-taker in World Cup history, with a remarkable 71 wickets. His mastery over line and length left batsmen baffled and stamped his name in World Cup legends.
Most Wickets by Bowler in ODI World Cup
In World Cup history, the bowler who holds record of taking maximum wickets in Glenn McGrath (Aus). He took 71 wickets in 39 innings with best bowling figures of 7/15. He was famous for his line and length.
Muthiah Muralidaran (SL) was not far behind of MacGrath, who took 68 wickets in 40 innings, followed by another famous Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga with 56 wickets in 29 innings. Fourth place in this table is being occupied by Wasim Akram.
For India, Zaheer Khan is at top of the list with 44 wickets in 23 innings with best bowling figures of 4/42. Next is Javagal Srinath with 44 wickets in 33 innings with best bowling figures of 4/30. Mohammad Shami is also in the list on 3rd position, having stats as 31 wickets in 11 innings with best bowling figures of 5/69.
Best Bowling Figures in ODI World Cup
This record too hold by Glenn McGrath (Aus) with Best Bowling Figures of 7/15 against Namibia in 2003 WC. McGrath is followed by another Australian player Andy Bichel with figures of 7/20. Third bowler in the list is New Zealand’s all time favorite pacer Tim Southee.
In case of India, Ashish Nehra is at top of the list with amazing figures of 6/23. This was in Durban in 2003 WC against England. We can also see Venkatesh Prasad way down the list with Best Bowling Figures of 5/27 in a very famous match against Pakistan in 1999 WC at Manchester.
Hat-tricks in ODI World Cup
Chetan Sharma, Indian Pacer became first bowler in World Cup history to take Hat-trick. This was achieved during 1987 world cup against Kiwis. After 12 years, Saqlain Mushtaq from Pakistan also took hat-trick against Zimbabwe during 1999 WC.
Mohammad Shami done fabulous bowling in 2019 world cup and got included in the list when he took hat-trick against Afghanistan.
Team Dominance and Rivalries
Throughout the tournament’s history, teams have risen to dominance, only to be challenged by fierce rivals. Australia’s stranglehold on the trophy in the late 90s and early 2000s remains a testament to their cricketing expertise. Meanwhile, the clashes between India and Pakistan have transcended the realm of sport, becoming spectacles of intense rivalry and cricketing drama.
Highest Team Totals in ODI World Cup
417 runs in an innings is highest total by any side till date. Australia has set this record in the year 2015 against Afghanistan in Pool A Match by losing only six wickets. David Warner has played a remarkable inning, he scored 178 runs in only 133 balls. Glenn Maxwell played cameo by scoring 88 runs in 39 ball, with seven sixes and six fours in this match.
India is on 2nd position in this record table. With Sehwag scoring century (114 off 87 balls), and wonderful fast paced innings by Yuvraj Singh (83 off 46), Sachin (57 off 29), India managed to score highest ever total in world cup history.
Most Man of the Match Awards in ODI World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar with Nine awards leading the table. Followed by Glann MacGrath (6 Man of the Match) and AB de Villiers (5 Man of the Match).
Biggest Victories in ODI World Cup
India holds record of biggest victory established in 1975 against then East African team. India defeated East Africa by 10 wickets with 181 balls remaining. Madan Lal took three wickets in this match by conceding only 15 runs. Sayed Abid Ali & Mohinder Amarnath took two wickets each and restricted total of East Africa to only 120 in a 60 overs match.
Indian openers Sunil Gavaskar & Faruk Engineer chased down the total in only 29.5 overs.
Other two records in the table are in the name of West Indies. The 1980s and 1990s was the era of West Indies Cricket. They totally dominated the opposition during this tenure.
The Road Ahead
With each passing edition, the ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup continues to evolve, adapting to the changing dynamics of the game. New stars emerge, records are shattered, and the excitement knows no bounds.
So, fasten your seatbelts, cricket enthusiasts, as we embark on a journey through the captivating world of the ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup, where every match is a chapter, and every player is a storyteller.
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