Stats: Top 10 run-scorers in World Cup history
Sachin Tendulkar is the top run-scorer in World Cup history, having scored 2278 runs at a superb average of 56.95. He is followed by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who is 535 runs behind the Indian maestro.
The gap between Tendulkar and Ponting is similar to the one between Ponting and the next batsman on the list, i.e Brian Lara. The West Indian great scored 1225 runs in 34 matches at the mega event, with his final innings in 2007 ending with a tragic run-out in front of his home crowd.
Despite being the top scorer across all World Cups, one regret Tendulkar surely will have is the fact that India never won a match against a Test-playing nation when he scored a century at the tournament. Of course, that is hardly his fault.
Sanath Jayasuriya, Adam Gilchrist, Stephen Fleming and Aravinda de Silva make the list despite having an average of below 40 at World Cups. Gilchrist and de Silva scored match-winning centuries in the finals of the World Cup in 2007 and 1996 respectively.
It is interesting to note that no one from the top ten on this list will take part in the upcoming 2015 World Cup. The batsman with the most World Cup runs coming into the tournament this year will Kumar Sangakkara who has scored a total of 991 runs at the three tournaments he has played in so far.
Here are the top 10 run-scorers of all time at the World Cup:
|3||Brian Lara||West Indies||34||1225||42.24|
|4||Sanath Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka||38||1165||34.26|
|5||Jacques Kallis||South Africa||36||1148||45.92|
|8||Stephen Fleming||New Zealand||33||1075||35.83|
|9||Herschelle Gibbs||South Africa||25||1067||56.15|
|10||Aravinda de Silva||Sri Lanka||35||1064||36.68|
NOTE: Stats updated till 2 February 2015