Thursday, March 10, 2011

Top 10 Cricket World cup, Biggest Tournament of Cricket World, Batting innings!!

Hey Everyone,
Now we are seeing the 10th edition of cricket world cup and before this we have already seen 9 cricket world cups, Biggest Tournament of Cricket World. In previous editions of world cup we saw some swashbuckling batting performance by few cricketers who turned the tables, heads and made sure that there teams goes into next round in the cricket world cup or made sure that there team has good chance to advance in the tournament ! These innings entertained the crowd worldwide, which has the capacity to win the match for there team single handedly and gave bowlers tough times.
I'm going to share the top 10 batting innings as came in in a survey, the list is as follows,
  1. Sourav Ganguly's (India) knock of 183 in 158 balls against Sri Lanka in the year 1999, 7th cricket world cup edition. He scored 183 runs which include 7 sixes and 17 fours. India lost initial encounters in the year 1999 and it was compulsory for them to win the big game against Sri Lanka, that to handsomely so that there chances to go in next round widen up, and Sourav Ganguly gave India this chance.
  2. Viv Richards(West Indies) scored 181 runs in 125 balls against Sri Lanka, which include 7 sixes and 16 fours in the year 1987. He came to bat on the hat-trick ball and scored the highest individual score in cricket world cup (till then). This inning was very important from West Indies point of view as they lost previous world cup to India and they wanted the title back. This inning provided them the momentum.
  3. Mathew Hayden's (Australia) knock of 158 runs in 143 balls against West Indies, which include 14 fours and 4 sixes in the year 2007. He played the role of anchor in this game. He wasn't able to open his account in 18 balls, that means his score was zero when he faced first 18 balls and then slowly changed his gear to reach 50 runs in 72 deliveries(balls) and then everyone saw the storm, which Mathew Hayden hided in his heart to hit the bowl hard and he reached 158 runs in quick time.
  4. Adam Gilchrist (Australia) scored 149 runs in 104 balls, which include 14 fours and 8 sixes, against Sri Lanka in finals of the year 2007, that is 9th edition of the cricket world cup. And because of his knock Australia won the cricket world cup for the 3rd consecutive time and 4th time overall.
  5. AB de Villiers (South Africa) scored 146 runs in 130 balls which include 12 fours and 5 sixes against Sri Lanka in the year 2007. West Indies's (then) captain, Brian Lara experimented with team selection in this match as they were already out of semi-final spot and AB de villiers made sure that South Africa reach Semi-finals by this knock.
  6. Rahul Dravid (India), the wall or Mr. Dependable, scored 145 runs in 129 balls, which include 17 fours and 1 six, against Sri Lanka in the year 1999. In this knock he shared the world record partnership of 318 runs with Sourav Ganguly, which I've shared in my earlier articles.
  7. Andrew Symonds (Australia) scored 143 not out in 125 balls against Pakistan, which include 18 fours and 2 sixes, in the year 2003. It was the first match of Australian team in the 8th edition of world cup and Australians saw something unusual in this match. Pakistani fast bowlers removed Adam Gilchrist, Mathew Hayden, Damien Martyn and Jimmy Maher in short span of time as Australia started their campaign. And it was Andrew Symonds along with Ricky ponting who saved the match for Australia.
  8. Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa) scored 143 runs in 141 balls against New Zealand, which include 19 fours and 3 sixes, in the year 2003. Though this outstanding innings couldn't save South Africa from defeat, this inning is special and definitely comes in top 10 innings of cricket world cup.
  9. Dave Houghton (Zimbabwe) scored 142 runs in 137 balls, which include 13 fours and 6 sixes against New Zealand in the year 1987. Although Houghton scored this majestic knock still they were not able to win as rest of the team disappointed Zimbabwe.
  10. Scott Styris (New Zealand) scored 141 runs in 125 balls, which include 3 fours and 6 sixes, against Sri Lanka in the year 2003. This is the third majestic knock, I'm sharing, which was scored by batsmen of losing team. He batted like a sole survivor amidst a sinking ship, and as we know cricket is the team game and to win games team should perform and in this match New Zealand failed to win.
  • The team against which the top 10 innings are highest in number is Sri Lanka, that is 6 times in top 10 list  batsmen has scored majestic innings against Sri Lanka.
  • There are 3 Australians, 2 Indians, 2 South Africans, 1 from New Zealand, 1 from West Indies and 1 from Zimbabwe in the top 10 list.
  • All the knocks which I shared are 140+, and only two of them are 180+.
Recently, Virender Sehwag(India) scored 175 against Bangladesh, which India won and Andrew Strauss (England) scored 158 against India, which was a draw, in this edition of world cup. I guess these two knocks will come in top 10 batting knocks as this year world cup advances. Hope you liked this article on Cricket World cup top 10 batting innings.
I'll be coming with more articles related to cricket world cup and the facts related to it, till then keep surfing and have fun.. :)


  1. Good collection of amazing moments in the world cup. Hoping India to win world cup, All the Best India.

  2. And India won the cup after 28 years ! :)