Performing in the ICC ODI World Cup is the real deal and not many cricketers are able to showcase their credentials on a big stage when the stakes are high in the first place. Nevertheless, it is important to stay focused and give everything on the field such that the player reaps rewards.
Talking specifically about batsmen, it is absolutely imperative to assess the conditions before launching a counter-attack. When a batsman leads the batting attack by example, it makes it much easier for the team to generate a high-scoring total.
On top of that, the World Cup matches are high-stakes encounters, and the pressure on players is obviously huge as always. The importance of each run is magnified, and batsmen need to execute their skills under pressure to help their team succeed in the competition.
Let’s now learn about the names of the five players who scored the most runs in the last two ICC ODI World Cups.
1. Rohit Sharma
Indian captain Rohit Sharma has been the most consistent player in the last two ODI World Cups. He scored 1245 runs combined in the ICC ODI World Cup 2019 and 2023 respectively. Notably, he finished the 2019 edition as the leading run-scorer, in which he mustered 648 runs at an average of 81 including five centuries.
Thus, he became the first cricketer to score five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup. He scored 597 runs in the 2023 edition of the ODI World Cup as a captain. Notably, he has slammed 7 centuries in ODI World Cups, more than any other batsman in the mega tournament’s history.
2. Virat Kohli
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli is acknowledged as the best batter across all three formats of the game. The right-handed batsman is known for his acumen to assess the conditions before going about his work, a trait that has helped him become the best in the business.
The veteran cricketer comes second on the list in terms of aggregating the most runs (1208 runs) in the last two ODI World Cups. He scored 443 runs in the 2019 edition whereas he finished the 2023 edition as the leading run-scorer with 765 runs.
3. David Warner
David Warner is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest opening batters in the current era across all three formats of the game. He has consistently delivered the goods for the team when it mattered the most in clutch situations of the game.
The experienced campaigner is one of the three players who completed 1000 runs in the last two ODI World Cups, mustering 1182 runs (535 runs in the 2023 ODI World Cup and 647 runs in the 2019 ODI World Cup). He is known for his acumen to provide blazing starts to the team.