Some of the best batsmen from around the world have displayed some amazing batting performances in World Cups. However, maintaining a high average in such important tournaments is what makes a champion player.
Here is the complete list of best batting average statistics:
Highest Batting Average In World Cup
|Year||Player||Team||Average||Runs||High Score||Innings||Strike Rate||100||50|
|2019||Shakib Al Hasan||Bangladesh||86.57||606||124*||8||96.03||2||5|
|2015||Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||108.2||541||124||7||105.87||4||0|
|2011||Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||93||465||111||8||83.78||1||3|
|1992||Martin Crowe||New Zealand||114||456||100*||9||90.83||1||4|
|1987||A Ranatunga||Sri Lanka||84||252||86*||5||70.98||0||3|
|1979||Sir Viv Richards||West Indies||108.5||217||138*||4||74.06||1||0|
|1975||Glenn Turner||New Zealand||166.5||333||171*||4||68.51||2||0|
The highest batting average by a batsman in a single edition of the Cricket World Cup (minimum 4 innings) is 166.5. New Zealand’s Glenn Turner had a high average of 166.5 in the inaugural World Cup tournament where he scored 333 runs in 4 innings and got out only twice. He registered a highest score of 171* and thereby the highest batting average in World Cup.
There have been two other batsmen who have managed to average above 100 in a single World Cup. Sir Vivian Richards from West Indies averaged 108.5 (4 innings) in the 1979 World Cup and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara averaged 108.2 (7 innings) in the 2015 World Cup where he scored 4 consecutive centuries.
Sangakkara had also topped the average charts in the 2011 World Cup. In 2015, he became the only batsman to do so twice, and that too, in consecutive editions.
David Gower (1983 for England), Arjuna Ranatunga (1987 for Sri Lanka), Martin Crowe (1992 for New Zealand), Sachin Tendulkar (1996 for India), Rahul Dravid (1999 for India), Andrew Symonds (2003 for Australia), Matthew Hayden (2007 for Australia) and Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) are the other batsmen who have topped the best batting averages in World Cup tournament chart.
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