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Most runs between the 1992 and 1996 World Cups in ODIs

A look at five of the most prolific batsmen between the fifth and sixth World Cups.

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Top 5 / Top 10 22 Nov 2017, 23:40 IST
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Cricket took giant strides around the fifth and sixth World Cups

The golden period in the history of one-day international cricket commenced with the 1992 World Cup. It was the first time that a World Cup tournament was played in coloured clothing, night cricket became a bit more mainstream and more importantly, there were plenty of strategic changes that made the game far more exciting for the general public.

For instance, New Zealand's Mark Greatbatch revolutionised the role of the opening batsman in one-dayers by taking advantage of the field restrictions during the first 15 overs. In the years following the 1992 World Cup, many other batsmen became influential in their own ways and shaped the game till the start of the next World Cup in 1996. Here is a look at the most prolific batsmen in that period:

#5 Aamer Sohail

 could go after the bowling right from the outset.
Sohail could go after the bowling right from the outset

The former Pakistan captain formed a superb opening combination with fellow left-hander Saeed Anwar during his pomp, and in the period between the two World Cups in question, he was one of the most prolific batsmen in the world in ODIs. Sohail was not the most graceful batsman by any means, but was highly effective and could go after the bowling right from the outset.

During the aforementioned period, Sohail played in 70 games and struck 2218 runs, at an average of 32.61 and a strike rate of 68.24. He scored only two centuries during that great run but made up for it by notching up 14 half-centuries. Pakistan were the reigning world champions at the time and Sohail almost always helped them get off to a good start.  

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