When a batsman has nerves of steel in big tournaments like the ODI World Cup, he is destined for greatness. Not many players have been able to showcase their mettle in the ICC ODI World Cup tournaments. It is when there is searing pressure on the shoulders and it is imperative for the batters to remain calm throughout the end.
It is no secret that the players who perform exceptionally well in the ICC ODI World Cup often make stellar contributions to their team’s success. Indian cricket has been blessed with superstars who made waves with the bat in the ODI World Cups.
In the history of Indian cricket, only three players scored 600-plus runs in a single edition of the ICC ODI World Cup. Let’s learn about the names of the Indians in detail.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman in the history of the sport because he played against many challenging bowlers and came out on top, more often than not. The Master Blaster is the leading run-scorer of the ICC ODI World Cups with 2278 runs at an average of 56.95 including six centuries and 15 fifties.
He was the first Indian to complete 600 runs in a single edition of the World Cup. The Mumbai-born accomplished the feat in the 2003 edition of the World Cup, in which he scored 673 runs and was named the Man of the Tournament for finishing as the leading run-getter.
2. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma etched his name into the record books when he scored five centuries in a single edition of the ICC ODI World Cup, a sensational record that still remains intact. He achieved the feat in the 2019 edition of the World Cup, in which he scored 648 runs in the English conditions.
He drew plaudits for his impeccable batting performances and finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer of that edition. It is worth noting that he has scored the most centuries in ODI World Cups – seven. Overall, he scored 1528 runs at an average of 61.12 including 7 centuries and 6 fifties.
3. Virat Kohli
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli scripted history by edging past Sachin Tendulkar’s overall tally of 673 runs to become the leading run-scorer in a single edition of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup. He achieved the feat in the recently concluded game against New Zealand, in which he brought up his 50th ODI century.
India’s run machine is currently the third-leading run-scorer in ICC ODI World Cups with 1741 runs at an average of 60.03 and is just three runs away from breaking Ricky Ponting’s record of most runs in ODI World Cups. Kohli smashed five centuries and eleven half-centuries to his name.