Team India have always been a nation that has performed pretty well in the group stages of the ICC ODI World Cup but their performances haven’t really hit the peak in the knockouts, most of the time. The players have crumbled under pressure situations, which has often put the team on the back foot.
It is absolutely imperative for the batters to hold their nerves and know a thing or two about handling the pressure in the clutch moments of the game. These little factors and adjustments in the game will surely help the batsmen take the game away from the opposition against the run of play.
We will now know more about the names of the five Indians who aggregated the most runs in the knockout matches of the Cricket World Cup.
1. Gautam Gambhir
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has been the star performer for the team in the two finals of the World Cup (2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup). Notably, he was the top run-scorer in both finals. Gambhir comes first on the list as he scored the most runs in the knockout matches of the Cricket World Cup. He mustered as many as 174 runs in the 2011 ODI World Cup, more than any other Indian.
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2. Virat Kohli
Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the sport, courtesy of his stellar contribution to Indian cricket with the bat across all three formats of the game. The right-handed batsman is the second-leading run-scorer for India in the knockout matches of the ODI World Cup as he piled up as many as 171 runs in the 2023 ODI World Cup.
3. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is one of the most destructive batters in white-ball cricket and has been consistently delivering the goods as an opener across formats for the team for a long time now. The Indian captain has also scored 171 runs in the knockouts of the World Cup tournament, which came during the 2015 edition. Notably, he is the only cricketer to have slammed as many as five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup.
4. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar’s contribution to the Indian national cricket team has never been in doubt. The Indian batting maestro comes next on the list as he scored 156 runs in the knockouts of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2011 tournament. The Master Blaster is also the leading run-scorer in the history of the Cricket World Cups as he scored more than 2000 runs.
5. Sourav Ganguly
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was one of the important pillars in the history of Indian cricket as he delivered the goods as a captain, batsman and bowler. His contribution to Indian cricket shall never be forgotten and he has scored 135 runs in the knockouts of the ICC ODI World Cup, which came in the 2003 edition.
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