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Top 5 active players with the highest batting average in ICC World Cup history

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Yuvraj Singh and Steve Smith
Yuvraj Singh and Steve Smith

The itinerary of all the elite cricketing teams for the next few months is replete with home and away ODI assignments as the teams are looking to get their combinations right before the mega tournament commences at the end of May this year. A consistent batting line up is of paramount importance for any team to win a high profile tournament like the World Cup.

Over the years few batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, and Kumar Sangakkara have performed consistently in the World Cup matches and assisted towards their team's successful World Cup campaigns. In this slide show, we are going to take a look at non-retired players with the best average among their contemporaries in World Cup matches they have played so far.

Several premier ODI batsmen of this generation like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, and Joe Root surprisingly failed to secure a spot in this list.

Here are top 5 active players with highest batting average -

#5 Yuvraj Singh (India) - 52.71

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh

Talismanic southpaw Yuvraj Singh has participated in 3(2003,2007,2011) World Cup tournaments so far in his lengthy career. He played a pivotal role in India's victorious campaign during the 2011 World Cup and also was the winner of the 'man of the tournament' award for his all-around performances.

He has played 23 World cup matches and scored 738 runs at an impressive average of 52.71, including a solitary century and 7 fifties. He scored his WC runs at a strike rate of 90.33

#4 Sean Williams (Zimbabwe) - 54.66

Sean Williams
Sean Williams

The left-hander has played in 3(2007,2011.2015) World Cup tournaments so far and is set to miss this years' edition as Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the World Cup. In spite of Zimbabwe's dismal run in the recent past, Williams has been the lone shining beacon of light for his nation as he has played some wonderful knocks last year in ODIs as well as Test matches. The return of Brendan Taylor along with Sean Williams' emergence promises some hope for a resurgence for the fading Zimbabwe cricket team going ahead.

He has played 11 World cup matches and scored 492 runs at an impressive average of 54.66 including 5 half-centuries. He scored his WC runs at an astonishing strike rate of 101.23 

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