World Cup 2019: 5 interesting records that might surprise you
Sport is a platform where players and teams set a benchmark while others strive hard to not only breach it but also set high standards. Cricket being a game decorated with several tournaments, it gives more opportunities to create records.
Over the history of the game, many records seemed impossible to break but once it is done the stat seemed like a number than a record. The prime example being the double hundred in ODIs. Despite Saeed Anwar scoring 194 in 1997, many thought that it is highly unlikely that 200 could be scored by a batsman.
Like many other batting records, Sachin Tendulkar was the first to reach the target and now batsmen are scoring 200s at ease. As much as the time that took to break it, the previous holder of the record surprises us as well. Let's look at five such records.
#1 Most number of 300+ successful run chases in World Cup history - Ireland (3)
Ireland has recently been drawing a lot of attention in Cricket World Cups. The impact was evident in their debut WC when they knocked Pakistan out of the tournament in 2007. In the next two tournaments, they went one step ahead to create records which no other team could achieve.
To be precise, Ireland holds the record for the most number of successful 300+ chases in WC history. First of it came in 2011, when they chased down 329 to beat England on the backdrop of Kevin O'Brien's 113 off 63 balls.
Although Ireland lost the next three games, they finished off the tournament well with a win over the much-fancied Netherlands. They registered their second successful 300+ run chase as Paul Stirling's quickfire 101 eased past 307 with three overs to spare.
Having made their mark in chasing runs, Irish had a brilliant start to the 2015 WC as they chased West Indies' 304 in 46 overs.
It is quite surprising to see Ireland topping the list of successful run chases in WC history.
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