Records of the Cricket World Cup

  • West Indies are only one of five teams to win every match they have played.
  • Australia have recorded the most consecutive wins.
  • India's Sachin Tendulkar is the most successful player in the tournaments history.

The World Cup is the biggest competition in cricket and the 2019 edition is just days away. England are the favourites to win the tournament, but they need to be wary of the fact that on the three occasions they have reached the World Cup final, they have fallen short. If you think they could finally end their bad luck in the competition, you can place a bet on England here.

Many records have been set throughout the course of the tournament and here we will take you through which countries and players could see their records broken.

100% records

In the history of the World Cup, only five teams have ever won all of the matches they have played. The West Indies became the first team to do it in 1975 when they won all five of their matches. They repeated the feat at the next tournament in 1979, winning all four of their matches. They were due to play five matches in 1979, but a “no result” was declared for one match due to rain.

Sri Lanka achieved a 100% record in 1996, although much like the second West Indies clean sweep, there was some controversy around it. Sri Lanka technically won all eight of their matches during the tournament, but two of them were due to the opposition forfeiting.

Australia blow these two records out of the water though, as they have been more impressive in their own 100% records. In both 2003 and 2007, Australia won all 11 of their matches, brushing the likes of India and Sri Lanka aside as they lifted the World Cup on the third and fourth occasions.

Most consecutive wins

Between 1999 and 2011, Australia claimed an incredible 27 consecutive wins. This included winning three World Cups and was ended by Pakistan at the 2011 cricket World Cup.

The record began in the final of the 1999 World Cup, where Australia defeated Pakistan at Lord’s. It took the Aussies 20.1 overs to overtake Pakistan’s total of 132, achieved in 39 overs. They were eventually defeated in the last match of group A in the 2011 tournament, with Pakistan winning by four wickets.

Most consecutive defeats

At the other end of the scale are Zimbabwe, who amassed 18 defeats between 1983 and 1992. Zimbabwe’s first defeat in the streak came at the hands of India in group B of the 1983 cricket World Cup.

Six defeats from six World Cup matches in 1987 took the streak to 11, but in the 1992 tournament, they finally ended that run. In their eighth match of the tournament, Zimbabwe came up against an England side led by Graham Gooch.

Zimbabwe set the total to beat, scoring 134 runs all out after 46.1 overs. England just couldn’t get into the match and could only manage 125 runs before all the batsmen were out. A historic win for Zimbabwe after disappointing for so long.

Most runs

The record for the most runs in the history of the cricket World Cup belongs to India’s Sachin Tendulkar, who racked up 2,278 runs during his time representing India. He appeared at six World Cups and was a vital part of the team that won the 2011 cricket World Cup on home soil.

He is without a doubt one of the most recognisable batsmen in the world and it’s unlikely it’ll be beaten any time soon. Retired Australian Ricky Ponting scored the second-highest runs at the World Cup, but was still over 500 behind Tendulkar, with 1,743.

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Alan Green

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