Friday, February 18, 2011

Cricket World cup 2011, Biggest Tournament of Cricket World, Facts-2 !!

Hello again !
I'm back with some more interesting facts about Cricket World cup matches and players involved in it. I'm gonna start with Fact No.11 in this article, as I've already shared 10 facts in my previous article @ Cricket World cup 2011, Biggest Tournament of Cricket World, Facts !! :).

No. of hundreds scored in World Cup matches: 103 (72 by right hand batsmen and remaining, 31 hundreds by left hand batsmen). Australians lead the list in scoring number of centuries in World Cup matches. Australians has scored 21 centuries till now, Indians has scored 15, West Indies players scored 13, Pakistanis has scored 13, New Zealanders scored 11, England 8, Sri Lankans scored 2, South Africans scored 6, Zimbabwean scored 4, Netherlands player scored 2, Ireland players scored 1 and Canadians scored 1 century, that makes total of 103 centuries !

1st Hundred in World cup was scored by Dennis Amiss (England) vs India in the year 1975 (first cricket world cup, biggest tournament of cricket world edition), 50th hundred was scored by Mark Waugh (Australia) vs New Zealand in the year 1996, 100th century of World cup tournament was scored by Matthew Hayden (Australia) against New Zealand.

Highest Individual Score in World Cup Matches: 188 by Gary Kirsten (South Africa), present Indian cricket team coach, in the year 1996 against UAE. Next in the list comes Sourav Ganguly (India), who scored 183 against Sri Lankan's in the year 1999. Third highest score is 181 which was achieved by Viv Richards (West Indies) against Sri Lanka in the year 1987 and it was the highest score by any captain in a world cup match. So, in Top 3 we have Gary Kirsten, Sourav Ganguly and Viv Richards.

Top 3 Highest individual scores by Wicket Keeper:
  1. Adam Gilchrist (Australia) scored 149 against Sri Lanka in the year 2007.
  2. Rahul Dravid (India) scored 145 against Sri Lanka in the year 1999.
  3. Dave Houghton (Zimbabwe) scored 142 against New Zealand in the year 1987.
Highest Individual score by a batsmen for losing cause: 143 by Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa) against New Zealand in the year 2003.

Highest aggregate score by batsmen in world cup edition:
  1. Sachin Tendulkar scored 673 runs in the year 2003.
  2. Matthew Hayden scored 659 runs in the year 2007.
  3. Mahela Jayawardene scored 548 runs in the year 2007.
  4. Ricky Ponting scored 539 in the year 2007.
  5. Sachin Tendulkar of India scored 523 in the year 1996.
Important observations in the top 5 (which has top 3) scorers:
  • Only 2 batsmen scored more than 600 in a world cup edition.
  • Only there are 5 instances, listed above, when batsmen scored more than 500.
  • Sachin tendulkar is listed twice !

Highest No. of centuries in the World cup as a captain : 3 (Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Pointing shares the record).

Top 3 Bowling Performance by a Bowler in a World Cup match:
  1. Glenn McGrath (Australia) took 7 wickets by giving only 15 runs against Namibia in the year 2003 (Australia won this year world cup edition).
  2. Andy Bichel (Australia) took 7 wickets by giving only 20 runs against England in the year 2003 (Australia won this year world cup edition).
  3. Winston Davis (West Indies) took 7 wickets by giving only 51 runs against Australia in the year 1983 (India Won this world cup edition).
Only 30 times bowlers took 5 wicket haul (which means bowler taking 5 wickets or more) in world cup matches till now. And in 90 occasions bowlers took exactly 4 wickets in all the world cup tournaments played till now.

Glenn McGrath (Australia), Vasbert Drakes (West Indies), Gary Gilmour (Australia) and Asantha de Mel (Sri Lanka) share the record of capturing five or more wickets on most occasions, that is 2 occasions in World cup tournaments.
Shane Warne holds the record for capturing 4 wickets on most number  of occasions, that is 4 occasions.

Best Bowling performance for losing cause:
Shane Bond (New Zealand) taking 6 wickets and giving only 23 runs against Australia in the year 2003.

No. of occasions in World cup matches when bowler giving 80 or more than 80 runs in there quota of overs: 16
And only 1 time a bowler gave more than 100 runs in bowling. This record is hold by Martin Snedden of New Zealand, he took 2 wickets giving 105 runs !

Records Hold by Wicket Keepers in terms of number of wicket-keeping dismissals:
  1. Adam Gilchrist (Australia) holds the record with 52 dismissals (7 stumps and 45 catches) in all the World cup editions he played.
  2. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) is 2nd in the list with 32 dismissals (6 stumps and 26 catches).
  3. Mark Boucher (South Africa) is 3rd in the list with 31 dismissals, and all of them are catches.
And next in the list comes Moin Khan, who has a share in 30 dismissals with 23 catches and 7 stumps. 
These are the only 4 wicket keepers who has dismissed 30 or more than 30 batsmen in World cup matches.

Ricky Ponting holds the record for taking highest number of catches, when we count total number of catches in all the world cups, as a fielder. Next in the list are Sanath Jayaruriya, Chris Cairns, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Brian Lara.

Mohammad Kaif of India holds the record for highest number of catches in a World cup match (inning). He took 4 catches in one inning against Sri Lanka in the year 2003 (the only World cup he played). And then there are 21 fielders who took 3 catches in a inning in a World cup match.

Hope you liked the way I presented these facts. I'll be sharing the facts version 3 in short time, till then keep surfing and have fun.. :)


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