Cricket World Cup Interesting Facts

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Here are some cricket world cup 'did you knows' for you:

Virender Sehwag kicked off all his first five innings of 2011 cricket world cup with a boundary. The bowlers whom he hit for a boundary off the first ball were Shafiul Islam (Bangladesh), Jimmy Anderson (England), Boyd Rankin (Ireland), Mudassar Bukhari (Netherlands) and Dale Steyn (South Africa).

Ricky Ponting and Glen McGrath played in four cricket world cup finals (1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007) out of which they managed to the last three. They lost to Sri Lanka in the 1996 finals. Ricky Ponting led Australian team was eliminated by India in the quarter finals of 2011 world cup, or else he would have become the only player to feature in five world cup finals.


Graham Gooch played in three world cup finals for England (1979, 1987 and 1992) but won none of them!

Australia and New Zealand will host the cricket world cup in 2015 and that would be after 23 long years. Last time they hosted a cricket world cup was in 1992 which was clinched by Pakistan.

India's Chetan Sharma became the first ever bowler to take a hat trick in world cup history. He achieved this feat in the 1987 world cup when he clinched wickets of New Zealand's Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield.

In the early 90s, it seemed almost impossible to chase something like 123 runs from last 15 overs. But it happened on 21st March in the 1992 cricket world cup semi finals when Pakistan faced New Zealand. With such a daunting task in last 15 overs, young Inzaman Ul Haq scored 60 runs from 37 balls and helped Pakistan reach the finals. Later Pakistan defeated England in the finals to lift the trophy.


The only batsman to have scored six sixes in an over is South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs. He achieved this feat in the 2007 cricket world cup against Holland.

South African team is tagged as 'chokers' because they hardly produce wins in the knock out stages of ICC events. They lost to England in 1992 world cup semi-finals. This was followed by a quarter final elimination against West Indies in 1996, a tie match against Australia in 1999 semi finals, another loss against Australia in 2007 world cup and a loss against New Zealand in 2011 quarter finals.

1996 cricket world cup semi-final entrants India, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia surprisingly belonged to the same group.

Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman to have scored 2000 plus runs in world cup history. He scored 2278 runs with an average of 56.95. He also has highest world cup centuries and fifties to his name - six hundreds and 15 fifties.


Scotland gave away 59 extras to Pakistan at Chester-le-Street on 20th May 1999. That is the highest extras conceded in a world cup match.

Renowned International umpire David Robert Shepherd from England holds the record of standing in 46 world cup matches. Steve Bucknor has officiated as an umpire in 45 world cup matches.


India's Mohammad Kaif holds the record of most number of catches in an innings of world cup. He took four catches at Johannesburg against Sri Lanka on 10th March 2003.

Australia has played highest number of matches in cricket world cup (76 matches - 55 wins). New Zealand has played six lesser than Australia with 40 wins. Third on the list is India with 67 matches followed by England with 66 matches.

England has hosted four cricket world cups so far (1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999).

VVS Laxman of India has played 100 test matches, but not a single cricket world cup match!


Kepler Wessels scored 405 runs in the 1983 cricket world cup for Australia. Later he also captained South Africa in the 1992 cricket world cup!

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