The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup gets underway on May 30. The excitement is building up with every passing day. With the World Cup being the grandest event in the cricketing calendar, fans are obviously inquisitive to know about the many records created in the tournament over the years.
Going beyond the mundane top-scorer and top wicket-taker records, we bring you some unique World Cup numbers that you would love to read about.
Champion Streak: Australia were undefeated in the World Cup from May 27, 1999 to March 16, 2011. In fact, they were undefeated right through the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. They remain the only team to light three World Cup trophies in a row.
Legendary Wait: Both Sachin Tendulkar and Javed Miandad featured in six World Cup. While Miandad won the World Cup on his fifth attempt, Tendulkar got his hands on the trophy in his sixth and final attempt.
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Aus-some Threesome: Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting share the record of three World Cup titles. The trio was part of the team’s wins in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
Multi-country players: Kepler Wessels, Anderson Cummins, Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan have represented two different countries in different editions of the World Cup.
Dev the young-star: At 24 years, 5 months and 19 days in 1983, Kapil Dev was the youngest captain to lift the World Cup.
Gilly the finalist specialist: Adam Gilchrist has a unique record to his name. He has registered fifty plus scores in all three World Cup finals he featured in. After half-centuries in 1999 and 2003, he registered a smashing 149 in 2007.
Kumar on a roll: Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara registered four consecutive hundreds in the 2015 edition. 105 not out against Bangladesh, 117 not out against England, 104 against Australia and 124 against Scotland.
Duck Tales: Canada’s Nicholas De Groot and Kenya’s Shem Ngoche hold the unwanted record for most consecutive ducks in World Cups, with three each.
Double hat-trick: Lasith Malinga is the only player to have taken two hat-tricks in the World Cup. He took four wickets in four wickets versus South Africa in 2007, and claimed his second hat-trick against Kenya in the next edition.
Unlucky India: One run has been the lowest margin of victory in terms of runs in World Cup clashes. This has happened twice. Both times Australia defeated India – first in 1987 and again in 1992.