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It is generally regarded that cricket is a batsmen’s game, more so in One-Day Internationals. The spectators throng the grounds to watch their heroes in action. As the World Cup is held once every four years the enthusiasm is even more among them.
The players also put in their best to leave a mark on this quadrennial event. As a result a number of batting records are created.
- Sachin Tendulkar of India holds the record for the maximum number of runs in the World Cup. He has scored 1732 runs from 33 matches at an average of 59.72.
- South African Gary Kiersten holds the record for the highest individual score at the World Cup. His score of 188 not out against the United Arab Emirates still remains unbeaten.
- Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar (both India ) and Mark Waugh (Australia) jointly hold the record for the maximum number of centuries at the World Cup. All of them have scored four centuries each.
- Ricky Ponting of Australia holds the record for the maximum sixes in an innings. He hit eight sixes against India in the final of the 2003 World Cup.
- With 17 boundaries, Sourav Ganguly holds the record for the maximum number of boundaries in an innings. He achieved this feat against Sri Lanka at the 1999 World Cup.
- Sachin Tendulkar also holds the record for the most runs at a particular World Cup. He scored 673 from 11 games at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
- Sourav Ganguly has hit 23 sixes from 18 games at the World Cup. He broke Vivian Richards’ record of 22 sixes at this level.
- James Davison of Canada holds the record for the fastest hundred at the World Cup. He reached his hundred from 67 balls against the West Indies at the 2003 World Cup.
- Brian Lara of the West Indies holds the fastest fifty record at the World Cup. He achieved this feat against Canada from 23 balls in the same match in which Davison scored the fastest hundred.
- Sachin Tendulkar is a long way ahead of others when it comes to fifties in the World Cup. He has 16 fifties to his name, seven more than second-placed Martin Crowe.