Highest Total in Cricket World Cup History

Last Modified Oct 7, 2023 18:24 IST

The ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 will take place across the length and breadth of India between October 05-November 19.


With the introduction of two new balls from either end, and batter-friendly fielding restrictions, team totals have soared beyond recognition in the past decade.


In the previous 2 World Cups, teams have crossed 350-mark on a number of occasions.


On that note, here's a look at the highest team-totals from the previous 4 WC editions:


Highest Total in World Cup: from 2007 to 2023


YearTeamScoreOversOppositionVenueDate
2007India413/550BermudaPort of Spain19 March 2007
2011India370/450BangladeshMirpur19 February 2011
2015Australia417/550AfghanistanPerth04 March 2015
2019England397/650AfghanistanManchester18 June 2019
2023South Africa428/550DelhiDelhi7 October 2023



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The 2007 World Cup proved to be a nightmare for Team India as they bowed out in the league-stage following defeats to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.


But, between those two defeats, came a batting performance where the team etched itself in the record books by hammering a record 413/5 against Bermuda.



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The match is remembered for Namibia's Dwayne Leverock's stunning diving catch in the slip cordon to dismiss Robin Uthappa, but what followed after that was absolute mayhem.


Stung by a poor outing against Bangladesh, the likes of Virender Sehwag (114 off 87), Yuvraj Singh (83 off 46) and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar (57* off 29) launched a fearsome attack to help India become the first-ever team to hammer 400+ runs in a World Cup game.


The record stood for 8 years, until it was eventually broken by Australia.



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4 years later, India hosted the World Cup, alongside Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and in their very first outing- against Bangladesh- they made an imposing statement by smashing 370/4 in 50 overs.


The onslaught was built on a stunning 175 from Virender Sehwag , and a maiden World Cup ton from Virat Kohli.



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The 2015 World Cup saw the 400-run-mark get breached on multiple occasions. Co-hosts Australia smashed 417/5 against Afghanistan at the WACA in Perth to overhaul the previous record of the highest team-total in World Cup history. As mentioned above, the record was previously held by India.


That Australia racked up 417/5 was largely due to a typically blistering century from opener David Warner. The southpaw hammered a 133-ball 178 with the help of 19 4s and 5 6s.



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In 2019, hosts England lead the run-scoring charts following their epic mauling of the Afghanistan attack.


England's charge was led by their skipper Eoin Morgan, who smashed a record 17 sixes during his whirlwind 71-ball 148. His innings helped the eventual champions to rack up 397/6, which turned out to be the highest team total in that entire tournament.


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