The Cricket World Cup has witnessed some monumental individual performances over the years. As the stage sets for top-tier cricketing nations to compete for the ultimate glory, it has often been the stage where legends shine the brightest. Here, we recount the top 10 highest individual scores in World Cup matches, celebrating the sheer genius of these batsmen.
Top 10 Highest Individual Scores in World Cup Matches
ICC World Cup • 14 Sept, 2023 • 4,397 Views • ⭐ 4.5
Written by Anand Swami
Martin Guptill – 237 (New Zealand)
The 2015 World Cup saw Martin Guptill of New Zealand etching his name in history. Playing against West Indies in Wellington, Guptill’s 237 remains a masterclass of clean hitting and sublime timing. His monumental innings is currently the highest individual score in World Cup history, propelling New Zealand to a commanding total of 393, and setting a daunting challenge for the West Indies.
Chris Gayle – 215 (West Indies)
In the same 2015 edition, Chris Gayle from the West Indies crafted a scintillating double century against Zimbabwe. With his explosive style, Gayle's 215 not only showcased why he's considered one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world but also marked him as the first non-Indian to score a double century. He also set a record partnership of 372 runs with Marlon Samuels during this innings.
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Gary Kirsten – 188 (South Africa)
Back in the 1996 World Cup, Gary Kirsten produced a splendid 188 against the UAE. Representing South Africa, Kirsten's calculated aggression and precision not only guided his team to an imposing total but also set the highest World Cup score at the time. A record that remained unbroken for nearly two decades, it solidified South Africa's victory by a significant margin.
Sourav Ganguly – 183 (India)
The charismatic Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly, played a breathtaking knock of 183 against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup. His innings, laden with boundaries, remain the highest by an Indian in World Cup history. Alongside Rahul Dravid, he crafted a 318-run partnership, setting a then-world record for any wicket in One Day Internationals.
Vivian Richards – 181 (West Indies)
Sir Vivian Richards, in the 1987 World Cup, played an innings of pure class against Sri Lanka, scoring 181. His majestic performance, which included a series of fours and sixes, is a testament to his legendary status and ensured the West Indies set a then-record World Cup total.
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David Warner – 178 (Australia)
David Warner’s formidable 178 against Afghanistan in 2015 illustrated his dominance in world cricket. His aggressive batting approach and flawless execution played a pivotal role in Australia’s overwhelming total. Warner's explosive innings helped Australia amass a colossal total of 417-6, the highest team score in World Cup history at the time.
Kapil Dev – 175 (India)
In the pivotal 1983 World Cup match, Kapil Dev led India's recovery from a precarious 17/5, scoring an unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe. Often cited as the turning point for Indian cricket on the world stage, his innings ensured India had a competitive total to defend.
Virender Sehwag – 175 (India)
Virender Sehwag's scintillating 175 against Bangladesh in 2011 showcased his aggressive and fearless cricket. His lightning-fast innings set the pace for India’s journey in the tournament, emphasizing his significance in the team. These marvellous innings in Mirpur enabled India to post a substantial total of 370, laying a robust foundation for their World Cup campaign.
Craig Wishart – 172 (Zimbabwe)
Craig Wishart’s unbeaten 172 against Namibia in 2003 underscored his importance to the Zimbabwean side. His comprehensive innings laid a solid foundation, ensuring Zimbabwe's commanding position in the match. The Harare-born Wishart’s exceptional knock included 18 fours and 2 sixes, making it one of Zimbabwe’s most memorable World Cup moments.
Glenn Turner – 171 (New Zealand)
Glenn Turner’s splendid 171 against East Africa in 1975 marked a significant highlight in his career. His disciplined and calculated approach anchored New Zealand’s innings, manifesting his masterful batting skills. Turner's crucial innings guided New Zealand to a victory by a massive margin of 181 runs, marking an early World Cup high point for the Kiwis.
The World Cup has been the backdrop for many a cricketing folklore. These individual masterpieces not only etched the players into the annals of cricket history but also elevated the stature of the World Cup. As fans, we are fortunate to witness such transcendent talents showcasing their prowess on the grandest stage of them all.
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