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Highest run-getters in each World Cup - Who will it be in 2015?

Hence, will the team whose batsman has the highest number of runs in the tournament lift the trophy, or will this trend continue? To be learnt on 29th March.

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara currently tops the 2015 World Cup run-scorers’ chart

The quarter-finals are over and the semi-finals are on. The top four ranked ODI teams are into the semi-Finals, what more could you ask for? The race for being the highest run getter in this tournament is also on, a table that sees fast and frequent changes.

After first two matches, Kumar Sangakkara was nowhere in the top run getters list. With four centuries in as many matches he has got to top of the table and was a strong contender for finishing as the highest run getter of the tournament. Similarly Brendan Taylor with more than 250 runs in his last two matches ended up as the second highest run getter at the end of the group stages. Sangakkara, Taylor and de Villiers were in the top three.

In the quarter-finals, Martin Guptill’s unbeaten 237 has changed the table considerably. He has taken his tally to 498 now with a semi-final in hand and if New Zealand wins it, he has a final to play as well. One big innings from AB de Villiers is enough for another similarly huge change in this table, however.

Let’s see how the table changed after every week in this World Cup.

Highest run-getters in WC 2015 (week by week)

Week

Highest

Second highest

Third highest

1 (till February 20)

157 - Brendon McCullum

138 - David Miller

135 - Aaron Finch

2 (till February 27)

255 - Chris Gayle

217 - AB de Villiers

210 - Shikhar Dhawan

3 (till March 6)

279 - Chris Gayle

270 - Shaiman Anwar

268 - Kumar Sangakkara

4 (till March 13)

496 - Kumar Sangakkara

417 - AB de Villiers

395 - Tillakaratne Dilshan

End of first round

496 - Kumar Sangakkara

433 - Brendan Taylor

417 - AB de Villiers

End of Quarter-Finals

541 - Kumar Sangakkara

498 - Martin Guptill

433 - Brendan Taylor

Brendon McCullum began the World Cup with a bang and was the highest run-getter in the initial stages. With his double century, Chris Gayle became the highest run-getter. Gayle failed to score big in the next matches, and with consecutive centuries to his name, Sangakkara topped the table. And he remains at the top even after the quarter-finals but his team hasn’t qualified for the semi-finals – thus his tally will remain the same.

Guptill (498), AB de Villiers (417), Shikhar Dhawan (367) are the ones with 350+ runs among the batsmen who will play the semi-finals. Who will end up as the highest run-getter?

Highest run-getters in past World Cups

World Cup

Batsman

Runs

Inns

Avg

100s/50s

Best

Team performance

1975

Glenn Turner

333

4

166.50

2/0

171*

Semi-Finals

1979

Gordon Greenidge

253

4

84.33

1/2

106*

Winners

1983

David Gower

384

7

76.80

1/1

130

Runner-Ups

1987

Graham Gooch

471

8

58.87

1/3

115

Runner-Ups

1992

Martin Crowe

456

9

114.00

1/4

100*

Semi-Finals

1996

Sachin Tendulkar

523

7

87.16

2/3

137

Semi-Finals

1999

Rahul Dravid

461

8

65.85

2/3

145

Super-Sixes

2003

Sachin Tendulkar

673

11

61.18

1/6

152

Runner-Ups

2007

Matthew Hayden

659

10

73.22

3/1

158

Winners

2011

Tillakaratne Dilshan

500

9

62.50

2/2

144

Runner-Ups

2015

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What is interesting to note is the teams’ performance column in the above table. It can be seen that only twice was the highest run-getter was from the winning side! And only three times was he from the runners-up side!

In 1999, the highest run-getter was Rahul Dravid and the Indian team had reached only the stage of Super-Sixes.

Hence, how important it is for a team to have their batsman as the top scorer of the tournament and win the trophy? As per the above results, it doesn’t matter.

Highest run-getter of champion sides in World Cups

World Cup

Champions

Batsman

Runs

Inns

Avg

100s/50s

Best

Highest run getter #

1975

West Indies

Alvin Kallicharran

197

5

49.25

0/2

78

6

1979

West Indies

Gordon Greenidge

253

4

84.33

1/2

106*

1

1983

India

Kapil Dev

303

8

60.60

1/0

175*

5

1987

Australia

David Boon

447

8

55.87

0/5

93

2

1992

Pakistan

Javed Miandad

437

9

62.42

0/5

89

2

1996

Sri Lanka

Aravinda de Silva

448

6

89.60

2/2

145

3

1999

Australia

Steve Waugh

398

8

79.60

1/2

120*

2

2003

Australia

Ricky Ponting

415

10

51.87

2/1

140*

3

2007

Australia

Matthew Hayden

659

10

73.22

3/1

158

1

2011

India

Sachin Tendulkar

482

9

53.55

2/2

120

2

2015

 

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Hence, will the team whose batsman has the highest number of runs in the tournament lift the trophy, or will this trend continue? To be learnt on 29th March.

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