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Highest Individual Scores in ICC ODI World Cup (1975-2023)

Highest Individual Scores in ICC ODI World Cup (1975-2023)
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Over the years, batters have produced some extraordinary performances for their respective teams in the World Cup, which will forever remain in history. 

Some of them have single-handedly carried their batting unit with their consistent performances. 

The ICC World Cup is the biggest cricket championship and has witnessed some astonishing performances from players over its five-decade history. 

The Cricket World Cup follows the One-Day International format of cricket, allowing both batsmen and bowlers significant leeway to showcase their skills.

One of the most amazing records in the Cricket World Cup is for the highest individual score. 

The highest individual score in the history of the ICC ODI World Cup is 237 runs, scored by Martin Guptill of New Zealand against the West Indies in 2015. Guptill’s knock was an incredible display of batting, as he smashed 11 sixes and 24 fours on his way to his double century.

On that note, let’s take a look at the list of players who scored the most runs in the ODI World Cup.

1) Martin Guptill

New Zealand’s Martin Guptill holds the record for the highest individual score in World Cup history. Guptill scored an incredible unbeaten 237 runs against West Indies in 2015. Batting at a strike rate of 145.39, he only took 163 balls to reach this milestone and hit 11 sixes and 24 fours in the process.

2) Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle, named “The Universe Boss” for his destructive batting is considered the greatest T20 player in cricket but has also shown his skill with the bat in the ODI World Cup.

He is the only player to score a triplet of centuries – a triple hundred in Tests, a double hundred in ODIs and a hundred in T20Is.

In the World Cup, Gayle smashed 215 runs against Zimbabwe in 2015, scoring the fastest and the first double-century in the tournament. Gayle took 147 balls to reach 215 runs and hit 16 sixes and 10 fours.

3) Gary Kirsten

Gary Kirsten is known as a successful cricket coach nowadays, but he was a menace back in the 90s.

The South African batter thrashed UAE in the 1996 World Cup, scoring an unbeaten 188-run knock in 159 balls. Kirsten hit four sixes and 13 fours in his inning. 

Here is a list of players who scored the highest individual scores in ODI World Cup history:

Rank Player Runs Balls Faced Opposition
1 Martin Guptill (NZ) 237* 163 West Indies
2 Chris Gayle  (WI) 215 147 Zimbabwe
3 Gary Kirsten (SA) 188* 159 U.A.E.
4 Sourav Ganguly (IND) 183 158 Sri Lanka
5 Viv Richards (WI) 181 125 Sri Lanka
6 David Warner (AUS) 178 133 Afghanistan
7 Kapil Dev (IND) 175* 138 Zimbabwe
8 Virender Sehwag (IND) 175 140 Bangladesh
9 Craig Wishart (ZIM) 172* 151 Namibia
10 Glenn Turner (NZ) 171* 201 East Africa


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