Cricket is a form of sport which is full of passion and thrill. There are some people to whom cricket is just a game of bat and ball, but for some others it’s their religion. So brass yourself to explode into the awesomeness of cricket as the most prestigious tournament of this game is approaching near this 14 February. ICC Cricket World Cup is the ultimate dream of every cricket playing nation, it is the ultimate glory that every cricket loving nation dreams of achieving. From Asia to the Caribbean and Australia to Europe, all will be awaiting eagerly to watch the charm of this tournament. This mega event of cricket was started in 1975 with a very limited resources. Only England had the audacity to organize such a great tournament.
The trend of launching such great event started and it kept on coming after four years. Until now, a total of 10 world cup cricket tournaments have taken place and it was the team, Australia who has been fortunate enough to win the title 4 times in the history of cricket.
Highest Runs Scorers in ICC World Cups:
For every player of cricket, it’s a dream to be participated in the World Cup, either as a batsman or a bowler. Everyone wants to perform well and prove it to the world that he deserves to be a part of the world cup team.
Today, we are specially talking about those famous batsmen who have scored heavily in this ultimate tournament of cricket. Here is the list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.
10. Aravinda De Silva, Sri Lanka
He was the captain of Sri Lankan side when they won their first ever ICC World Cup in 1996. Aravinda De Silva is an extraordinary performer of cricket. He played a total of 35 matches of world cup tournament and scored 1064 runs. The average and the strike rate was respectively 36.68 and 86.57.
His match winning batting performance in the final of 1996 was remarkable indeed. Aravinda De Silva is ranked on No. 10 in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.
9. Herchelle Gibbs, South Africa
Herchelle Gibbs was renowned for his attacking batting. He impressed a lot in all the matches he played in the world cup. He was an innings opener for South Africa and his way of batting impressed the whole cricket world.
Gibbs played total 25 world cup matches with 1067 runs at an excellent average of 56.15 and a dashing strike rate of 87.38. We put him at No 9 position in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.
8. Stephen Flemming, New Zealand
Stephen Flemming was the captain at the New Zealand side and he is on the 8th spot in this list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups. Flemming is famous for his great leadership skills and his outstanding technical batting style. He played 33 matches at the world cup and scored 1075 runs with the average of 35.83 and strike rate of 76.89.
Stephen Flemming is considered as the most dependable captain for New Zealand ever. Recently, New Zealand spinner Daniel Vittori has broken the record of most number of ODI matches played for the nation.
7. Javed Miandad, Pakistan
Javed Miandad is one of the best batsmen Pakistan has ever have in the history of cricket. He marked his name on the list of top 3 highest run setters of the game of cricket. He was an integral part of Pakistan side when they won their first ever World Cup in Melbourne in 1992 by beating England. Javed Miandad played an incredible knock in the Final that help Pakistan win the title.
Javed Miandad and Sachin Tendulkar of India are the only cricketers in history who have played most number of world cups. Miandad played 33 world cup matches and scored a total of 1083 runs at an impressive strike rate of 68 and average of 43.32. Javed Miandad is 7th in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.
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6. Adam Gilchrist, Australia
Adam Gilchrist was one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen in the history of Australia cricket. His aggressive batting style helped Australia to snatch victory in a number of matches. His wicket keeping sill was also outstanding. Gilchrist was so flexible in the way of his batting, that he could bat at any position and explode the opponents with his devastating batting.
He played a total of 31 games and scored 1085 runs. He had an impressive strike rate of 98 and an average of 36.16. He was a part of Australian side when they won the ICC World Cup in 2003 and 2007. As a remarkable batsman, Adam Gilchrist will be certainly joining in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.
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5. Jacques Kallis, South Africa
Jacques Kallis was regarded as the backbone of South African batting line up. His elegant batting and his controlled medium paced bowling attack helped South Africa won a number of great matches at the ICC World Cup stage.
He played a total of 36 world cup matches and bagged 1148 runs with an excellent average of 74 and 74.40 strike rate. Jacques Kallis is the 5th among the top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.
4. Sanath Jaysuriya, Sri Lanka
Snath Jayasuria was an opener for Sri Lanka and was considered as one of the most attacking batsmen Sri Lanka have ever produced. For a long period of time, he was the record holder of the fastest ODI fifty. Sanath Jayasuria was the pioneer of an attacking innings opener. The aggressive opening batting style forced the bowlers to change the lines early in the match.
Jayasuria played 38 matches in World Cups and scored 1165 runs at an stunning strike rate of 90.66 and an average of 34.26. It is remaining hard for Sri Lanka to find his replacement after his retirement. Sanath Jayasuria is on number 4th position on the list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.
3. Brian Lara, West Indies
Brian Lara scored a total 1225 runs in his 34 world cup matches at an incredible average of 42.24. Brian Lara of West Indies is the 3rd highest runs scorer in our list.
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2. Ricky Ponting, Australia
Ricky Ponting, nicknamed “punter” was one of the great Australian captains. With his broadened helping hands, Australia had secured 2 world cup titles, respectively, in 2003 and 2007.
Ponting played a total of 43 matches in ICC World Cup and bagged 1743 runs at an average of 45.86 and a strike rate of 80. Ricky Ponting is the second highest runs getter in the list of Top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.
1. Sachin Tendulkar, India
After Sir Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as the greatest batsman in the history of world cricket. He is the most classical and consistent batsman the modern cricket world had ever seen. Sachin was an important part of Indian team when they claim their second world cup title in 2011. He wrote his name as the highest runs scorer in all the cricket world cups that have taken place yet. He also played the highest number of world cups throughout his career.
In his 45 world cups matches, Sachin had scored a stunning 2278 runs at an average of 57 and a strike rate of amazing 89. Undoubtedly, he is the best cricketer the world has ever witnessed. Sachin Tendulkar is the No 1 at our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.