Unbreakable World Cup records
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Unbreakable World Cup records

The world & the world cup has come to India. Let’s have a look at some of the records created during its 12 editions which are too difficult to break.

Youngest Captain to win the World Cup

Just at the age of 24, Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev led his team to its first World Cup triumph. 1983 Kapil Dev became the youngest captain to win the world cup and the record has stood for 40 years so far and is expected to continue.

Unbreakable World Cup records

Longest undefeated streak at the World Cup

The Invincible Aussies went 12 years without a defeat. They have a streak of 34 undefeated matches which started with victory against Scotland in 1999 and stopped with their defeat against Pakistan in 2011. This includes 2003 and 2007 World Cups where the Aussies lifted the trophies by winning 11 out of 11 matches, they played in the entire editions of World Cup.

Most Runs in the World Cup

Sachin Tendulkar has scored a record 2278 runs in the 45 World Cup matches he has played in. Ricky Ponting is 2nd with 1743 runs in 46 matches. None of the active players have even 1200 runs, indicating this record will be safe for many years to come.

Most World Cup appearances

Javed Miandad & Sachin Tendulkar have played at 6 World Cups each.

Miandad 1st appeared in 1st World Cup in 1975 and went to play all the world cups till 1996.

The God of Cricket made his 1st appearance at the world cup in 1992 and his last appearance was in 2011 World Cup.

Youngest Player at the World Cup

So far 40 players aged 19 or below have appeared in the World Cups. Nitish Kumar of Canada has been youngest of all who was just 16 years and 283 days when he made his World Cup debut in 2011.

Most Extras conceded in an Innings

Scottish team gave away 59 runs as extras to Pakistan in 1999 World Cup.  They broke the 1 day old record created by India, who gave 51 runs as extras to Zimbabwe. It is highly unlikely that even a underdog team will give 60 runs as extras in future world cup editions.

Most Successful Team in the World Cup

Australia has a win percentage of 75 in the World Cups and have won the trophy for a record 5 times. India and West Indies are distant second with 2 trophies each. Australia won their first world cup in 1987, and then had a hattrick with wins 1999, 2003 and 2007. They regained the crown from India in 2015 taking the record to 5. Thus, Aussies are the only team to win 3 consecutive tournaments.

Most consecutive centuries

The Lankan Legend Kumar Sangakkara has scored a record of 4 back-to-back centuries in the World Cup. This is also an all-time ODI record and highly unlikely to be broken. He started with 105 not out against Bangladesh, continued with 117 not out and 104 against England and Australia respectively and stopped with 124 against Scotland in 2015 World Cup.

4 wickets in 4 balls

Though there have many hattricks at the world cup, Lasith Malinga created a record in 2007 edition against South Africa. He took 4 wickets in 4 balls dismissing Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis and Makhaya Ntini and brought Sri Lanka close to the victory.

Fastest Ball at the World Cup

Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar broke the 100-mile barrier in 2003 World Cup against England. In his 2nd over of the match he bowled at 100.2 miles per hour in other words 161.3 kmph. This has been the fastest ball ever bowled in cricket.

Highest Partnerships

Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels of West Indies had a partnership of 372 runs for the 2nd wicket against Zimbabwe in 2015. They broke the 16 year old record held by Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid of 318 runs in 1999 World Cup against Sri Lanka.

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