The ICC Cricket World Cup has seen some stellar performances over the years. Some knocks have been small, but extremely crucial. While the others have been crucial, as well as long. The Highest Individual Score in World Cup belongs to New Zealand’s Martin Guptill.
Martin scored a double century, which was the second ever in a Cricket World Cup game. He scored an unbeaten knock of 237 runs off just 163 balls. His knock included 24 boundaries and 11 sixes, which accounts to 162 runs off just 35 balls.
New Zealand was playing against West Indies in the fourth Quarter-final of the ICC World Cup 2015 at Wellington. Guptill was dropped by Marlon Samuels in the first over at square leg and that was probably the blunder of the tournament.
He started his innings just like any other ODI innings. Similar to Rohit Sharma, who has 3 double centuries in ODI cricket, Guptill scored his half-century at less than a run-a-ball. His strike rate kept improving from there and never came down. A good way to analyze the acceleration is by the number of balls he took to score every set of 50 runs.
No. of balls
After getting to a half-century off 64 balls, he reached his hundred in 111 balls. From here on, he started dealing only in boundaries. He reached 150 in 134 balls and his maiden ODI double century came just 18 balls later.
The home team scored 393/6 in their 50 overs. The task ahead of the West Indian batsmen was very difficult but not impossible. They believed in themselves and their run-rate was up there. However, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 250 in the 31st over. New Zealand won the match by 143 runs and advanced to the World Cup Semi-Finals.
Out of the 153 runs that the Kiwis scored in the final 10 overs, Guptill alone scored 92 of those. While batting on 172, he went past Glenn Turner to become the Highest Individual Scorer in the World Cup from New Zealand. 44 runs later, he went past the West Indian Chris Gayle who scored 215 just 25 days ago.
Guptill’s innings was more impactful as it came in an important knockout game. The onslaught enabled the Kiwis into the semi-finals for the seventh time and they eventually played the Finals as well.
During his stellar knock, he played some of his classic straight drives with minimal effort and also displayed humongous power with his big sixes. In fact, one of his sixes in the last over went out of the stadium.
This score is difficult to beat and even tougher in a World Cup game with the added pressure.