ICC ODI World Cup is the ultimate pinnacle of all international cricket. Twelve editions of this mega event have been played thus far, spanning from 1975 to 2019. The eagerly anticipated 13th edition of the World Cup is scheduled to take place in December 2023. Throughout its history, the ICC World Cup has witnessed the participation of legendary players, from the iconic “God of Cricket” to the modern-day greats like Ab De Villiers. Now, let’s delve into the fascinating realm of the players who have amassed the most runs in the ICC ODI World Cup history.
1. Sachin Tendulkar – 2278 Runs
Sachin Tendulkar, The God of Cricket, has an impressive record in the ICC World Cups, scoring 2278 runs at an average of 56.95 and a strike rate of 89.98. He played six World Cups from 1992-2011 and a total of 45 matches throughout these editions. Sachin’s 98 vs. Pakistan in Centurion in 2003 is one of his most memorable World Cup Knocks. In addition to this outstanding knock, Tendulkar achieved a total of 15 half-centuries and six centuries in the World Cups.
2. Ricky Pointing – 1743 Runs
Ricky Ponting, the Australian batting maestro, and three-time World Cup winner, holds the second spot on this list. He played five World Cups from 1996-2011 and scored a record 1743 runs in 46 matches at an average of 45.86 and a strike rate of 79.95. Ponting also scored six half-centuries and 5 centuries in the World Cup, including the insane knock of 140* of 121 balls against India in the 2003 World Cup Final. Read More: 5 Best Knocks of Ricky Ponting
3. Kumar Sangakkara – 1532 Runs
Kumar Sangakkara, the elegant Sri Lankan batsman, etched his name among the highest run scorers in World Cup history. Across four World Cups from 2003-2015, Sangakkara amassed 1532 runs in 37 matches. His consistent performances included five centuries and seven half-centuries, including four consecutive centuries in the 2015 World Cup.
4. Brian Lara – 1225 Runs
Brian Charles Lara, the legendary West Indian batsman, showcased his immense talent in five World Cups spanning from 1992-2007. Lara accumulated 1225 runs in 34 matches with two centuries and seven half-centuries. He averaged 42.24 with a strike rate of 86.26.
5. Ab De Villiers – 1207 Runs
Ab De Villiers, popularly known as the Mr 360, displayed his immense batting prowess in three World Cups between 2007 and 2015. De Villiers smashed 1207 runs in 23 matches at a remarkable average of 63.52 and a blistering strike rate of 117.29. Ab de Villiers’ iconic 162* off 66 balls also came in the 2015 World Cup against West Indies.
|Sachin Tendulkar (IND)||1992-2011||45||44||2278||56.95||88.98||15||6||152|
|Ricky Ponting (AUS)||1996-2011||46||42||1743||45.86||79.95||6||5||140*|
|Kumar Sangakkara (SL)||2003-2015||37||35||1532||56.74||86.55||7||5||124|
|Brian Lara (WI)||1992-2007||34||33||1225||42.24||86.26||7||2||116|
|Ab De Villiers (SA)||2007-2015||23||22||1207||63.52||117.29||6||4||162*|