In 2003, Sachin Tendulkar scored the most runs in a single edition of the World Cup, making 673 runs in 11 matches. This record still stands today.
A person named Peter Fairfax from England wanted to know the highest score a team had reached after 25 overs in a One Day International (ODI) cricket match. This question was related to a recent match between England and Ireland in Bristol. England had scored 227 runs for the loss of 3 wickets after 25 overs in that match. This score was one of the top three highest scores at that stage in a one-day international match. The other two instances were West Indies, who scored 236 for 4 against England in Grenada in 2018-19, and Sri Lanka, who scored 233 for 0 against England at Headingley in 2006. Another noteworthy score was South Africa’s 229 for 2 against Australia in a high-scoring match in Johannesburg in 2005-06.
By the time 30 overs were completed in the Bristol match, England had reached 272 for 3. This score had only been exceeded twice in one-day internationals at that stage: South Africa’s 279 for 2 in Johannesburg and Sri Lanka’s 278 for 0 at Headingley.
The highest known score at the 40-over mark is England’s 356 for 3 against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2018. Another high score was South Africa’s 353 for 3 against Netherlands in St Kitts during the 2007 World Cup, but this was in a match reduced to 40 overs per side.
However, it’s important to note that there are many matches for which detailed ball-by-ball information is not available. Therefore, we cannot determine the scores after a specific number of overs in those cases. Most of the missing data is from older games when large totals were less common, so it’s unlikely, but not impossible, that there could be additional records.
Pranab Mukherjee, who is from India, wanted to know about the highest number of runs ever scored by a single player in a World Cup tournament. Well, Sachin Tendulkar still holds that record with an impressive 673 runs, which he achieved during the 2003 World Cup. Matthew Hayden came close to breaking this record in the 2007 World Cup, scoring 659 runs. In the most recent World Cup held in England in 2019, three players managed to score over 600 runs: Rohit Sharma with 648, David Warner with 647, and Shakib Al Hasan with 606. Interestingly, there have been ten more instances where a player scored 500 or more runs in a single World Cup.
Now, when it comes to bowlers, the record for the most wickets in a single World Cup tournament belongs to Mitchell Starc. He took an incredible 27 wickets during the 2019 World Cup, surpassing Glenn McGrath’s previous record of 26 wickets in 2007.
Lastly, Dave Friston from England was curious about whether Graeme Hick was the last player to score 1000 runs in May. While Graeme Hick did achieve the milestone of scoring 1000 first-class runs in an English season before the end of May in 1988, it’s essential to note that 410 of his runs were scored in April. The only players who managed to score 1000 or more runs entirely in May are WG Grace in 1895, Wally Hammond in 1927, and Charlie Hallows, a left-handed batsman from Lancashire, in 1928. Furthermore, a number of other cricket players managed to score 1000 runs in matches before the end of May. It’s worth noting that some of these runs were scored in the month of April. This includes achievements by players like Tom Hayward in 1900, Don Bradman in both 1930 and 1938, Bill Edrich in 1938, and Glenn Turner in 1973.
The two players with the most “ducks” (getting out without scoring) in World Cup cricket matches are Nathan Astle from New Zealand and Ijaz Ahmed from Pakistan. Both of them got out for zero runs five times in World Cup matches. Interestingly, despite these tough moments, Astle managed to score two centuries in World Cup matches, and Ijaz Ahmed was part of the winning team in the 1992 World Cup.
Seven players have been dismissed for zero runs four times in World Cup matches. One of them is Eoin Morgan, who led England to victory in the 2019 World Cup. It’s worth noting that two of his ducks happened when he was playing for Ireland in 2007. Another player, Keith Arthurton from the West Indies, had a challenging time in the 1996 tournament, scoring 1, 0, 0, 1, and 0 in consecutive matches.
Surprisingly, the record for the most ducks in World Cup matches belongs to a woman named Susanne Neilsen from Denmark. She was out for zero runs six times out of her 11 innings in World Cups. Additionally, five other women have been dismissed for zero runs five times in World Cup matches.
When it comes to high-scoring matches in One Day Internationals (ODIs) where both teams lost all their wickets, there have been some exciting contests. In one such match in Greater Noida in 2016-17, Afghanistan scored 338 runs before getting all out, and Ireland replied with 304 runs, resulting in a total of 642 runs with all 20 wickets falling.
The record for the highest combined runs in a World Cup match where both teams lost all their wickets was set in Taunton in 2019. Australia scored 307 runs, defeating Pakistan, who managed 266 runs, resulting in a total of 573 runs with all 20 wickets falling.
In List A cricket, which includes domestic one-day matches, the highest combined runs in a match where both sides lost all their wickets is 699 runs. This record was set in a Ford Trophy game between Auckland (356) and Canterbury (343) at Eden Park in 2012-13.
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