Cricket World Cup is one of the most mesmerizing sporting events in the globe. World cup is the only tournament which every players dreams of playing once in their cricket career. The atmosphere in the world cup is more energetic, loaded and alive than any other cricket event. From 1975 to 2019, 12 World Cups have been played and the most interesting trait about the World Cup is underdogs also do well in this global event. So having your name on the list of the most runs in single World Cup is phenomenal.
Former Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar tops the list of the most runs in a single World Cup. In the 2003 World Cup held in South Africa, the Little Master amassed 673 runs in 11 matches at an impressive average of 61.18. The ace batter hit 6 fifties & 6 centuries in the event. His best of 153 came against Namibia. Despite his heroics in the event, India lost in the final against Australia.
One of the greatest openers of all time, Matthew Hayden holds the 2nd spot in terms of making the most runs in a single World Cup with 659 runs in 10 matches. Averaging 73.22, Hayden struck 3 hundred in the 2007 World Cup hosted by West Indies. The southpaw played a crucial role as the Aussies beat Srilanka to win their 3rd consecutive World Cup.
Star Indian opener Rohit Sharma finds himself in the 3rd place on the list of amassing the most runs in a single World Cup. Despite playing in a challenging condition in the 2019 World Cup, Sharma wreaked havoc in the tournament, accumulating 648 runs in 9 matches. Rohit also created the record of smashing the most hundreds in a single world cup with 5 tremendous hundreds.
The 2nd highest run-scorer for Australia in the 2015 WC, David Warner was again on song in the 2019 World Cup in England. Australia might have finished their possession in the group stage but Warner did not lag in most of their games. Featuring 10 games, The stalwart mustered 647 runs at a dashing average of 71.88 with 3 centuries and as many fifties to his name. His greatest innings of the event was 166 off 147 balls against Bangladesh in Nottingham, which included 14 fours and 5 sixes. the Yellow Brigade must feel for Warner as they could not make it to the semi-finals post their opener’s mettlesome outings.
Former Srilankan captain, Mahela Jayawardene gets the 8th position in scoring the highest runs in a World Cup session. Leading from the front for his team, Jayawardene notched up 548 runs in 11 matches at a handsome average of 60.88, which was the 2nd highest by any batter in the 2007 World Cup. however, Lanka was completely outplayed by mighty Australia in the finals.
Chart of Most Runs in Single World Cup
|S Tendulkar (2003)||11||11||673||61.18||89.25||152||01||06|
|M Hayden (2007)||11||10||659||60.88||101.07||115*||01||03|
|R Sharma (2019)||09||09||648||81.00||98.33||140||05||01|
|D Warner (2019)||10||10||647||71.88||89.36||166||03||03|
|S Al Hasan (2019)||08||08||606||86.57||96.03||124*||05||02|
|K Williamson (2019)||10||09||578||82.57||74.96||148||02||02|
|J Root (2019)||11||11||556||61.77||89.53||107||03||02|
|M Jayawardene (2007)||11||11||548||60.08||85.09||115*||04||01|
|M Guptil (2015)||09||09||547||68.37||104.58||215*||01||02|
|K Sangakkara (2015)||07||07||541||108.20||105.87||124||–||04|
Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs in a single world cup, 673 runs in the 2003 WC.
Rohit Sharma made the most runs in the 2019 World Cup (648).
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