World Cup Records

Published: Friday, March 2, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Team Records

Highest score: Sri Lanka 398 for five (50 overs) v Kenya at Kandy in 1996

Lowest score: Canada 36 all out (18.4 overs) v Sri Lanka at Paarl in 2003

Highest winning margin (runs): Australia (301 for six) beat Namibia (45 all out) by 256 runs at Potchefstroom in 2003

Lowest winning margins (runs): Australia (270 for six) beat India (269 all out) by one run at Chennai in 1987
Australia (237 for nine) beat India (234 all out) by one run (revised target) at Brisbane in 1992

Lowest winning margins (wickets): West Indies (267 for nine) beat Pakistan (266 for seven) by one wicket at Birmingham in 1975;
Pakistan (217 for nine) beat West Indies (216 all out) by one wicket at Lahore in 1987

Individual Records


Highest individual score: Gary Kirsten (South Africa) 188 not out v United Arab Emirates at Rawalpindi in 1996

Most runs in World Cups: Sachin Tendulkar (India) scored 1732 runs (four tons) in 33 matches at an ave of 59.72.

Most runs in one tournament: Sachin Tendulkar (India) amassed 673 runs in 11 matches at an ave of 61.18 in the 8th edition of the World Cup held in South Africa in 2003.

Highest batting average in World Cups: Sir Viv Richards, who featured in first four editions of the World Cup, averaged 63.31 in 23 matches with three tons including the magnificent 181 against Lanka in 1987.


Best bowling individual figures: Glenn McGrath (Australia) 7 for 15 verses Namibia at Potchefstroom in 2003.

Most wickets in World Cups: Wasim Akram of Pakistan claimed 55 scalps in 38 matches at an ave of 23.83. Akram featured for Pak in 5 editions of the World's showpiece event (1987-2003).

Most wickets in one tournament: Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka took 23 wickets in 10 games at an awesome ave of 14.39 in 2003 editon in South Africa.


  • Chetan Sharma (India) v New Zealand at Nagpur in 1987
  • Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan) v Zimbabwe at The Oval in 1999
  • Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) v B'desh at Pietermaritzburg in 2003
  • Brett Lee (Australia) v Kenya at Durban in 2003

Most dismissals in World Cups: Adam Gilchrist (Australia) has 55 dismissals in his name in 20 matches spread across two world Cups (1999 and 2003)

Most dismissals in one tournament: Adam Gilchrist of Australia with 21 dismissala in 10 games in South Africa, 2003.

Most dismissals in a match: Adam Gilchrist (Australia) took six catches verses Namibia at Potchefstroom in 2003.


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