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Home > Cricket > World Cup 2003 > News > Report

Runs by the tons

Harish Kotian | March 27, 2003 15:06 IST

A total of 21 centuries were scored in the 2003 World Cup, a huge number, considering that in all previous editions, the highest number was 16, in the 1996 World Cup. The lowest number was recorded in the 1979 World Cup, where only two centuries were scored.

Sourav Ganguly topped the century list as he scored three. Interestingly, all came against the weak bowling attack of the non-Test playing nations.

In all, eight centuries were scored against non-Test playing nations, while in return the non-Test playing nations scored three centuries, out of which two were scored against each other (The Netherlands vs Holland match).

The captains too enjoyed with the bat, as they pounded seven centuries, and all turned out to be match-winning ones. The special one being the unbeaten 140 scored by Ricky Ponting in the final against India, an innings that might be counted among the best ODI innings of all-time.

The subcontinent teams also displayed their prowess with the bat as they plundered eight centuries. And the chief ones being Sourav Ganguly and Marvan Atapattu, who had five centuries amongst them.

Centuries in all World Cups
World CupCenturies
19756
19792
19838
198711
19928
199616
199911
200321
TOTAL83

Details of centuries in all World Cups
WCBatsmanScoreForvsvenue
1975DL Amiss137EnglandIndiaLord's
1975GM Turner171*New ZealandEast AfricaBirmingham
1975KWR Fletcher131EnglandNew ZealandNottingham
1975A Turner101AustraliaSri LankaThe Oval
1975GM Turner114*New ZealandIndiaManchester
1975CH Lloyd102West IndiesAustraliaLord's
1979CG Greenidge106*West IndiesIndiaBirmingham
1979IVA Richards138*West IndiesEnglandLord's
1983AJ Lamb102EnglandNew ZealandThe Oval
1983DI Gower130EnglandSri LankaTaunton
1983CG Greenidge105*West IndiesZimbabweWorcester
1983TM Chappell110AustraliaIndiaNottingham
1983IVA Richards119West IndiesIndiaThe Oval
1983Imran Khan102*PakistanSri LankaLeeds
1983N Kapil Dev175*IndiaZimbabweTunbridge Wells
1983Zaheer Abbas103*PakistanNew ZealandNottingham
1987Javed Miandad103PakistanSri LankaHyderabad (Pak)
1987GR Marsh110AustraliaIndiaChennai
1987DL Houghton142ZimbabweNew ZealandHyderabad (Ind)
1987IVA Richards181West IndiesSri LankaKarachi
1987DL Haynes105West IndiesSri LankaKarachi
1987Rameez Raja113PakistanEnglandKarachi
1987Saleem Malik100PakistanSri LankaFaisalabad
1987GR Marsh126*AustraliaNew ZealandChandigarh
1987RB Richardson110West IndiesPakistanKarachi
1987SM Gavaskar103*IndiaNew ZealandNagpur
1987GA Gooch115EnglandIndiaMumbai
1992MD Crowe100*New ZealandAustraliaAuckland
1992DC Boon100AustraliaNew ZealandAuckland
1992Rameez Raja102*PakistanWest IndiesMelbourne
1992A Flower115*ZimbabweSri LankaNew Plymouth
1992Aamir Sohail114PakistanZimbabweHobart
1992PV Simmons110West IndiesSri LankaBerri
1992DC Boon100AustraliaWest IndiesMelbourne
1992Rameez Raja119*PakistanNew ZealandChristchurch
1996NJ Astle101New ZealandEnglandAhmedabad
1996G Kirsten188*South AfricaUAERawalpindi
1996SR Tendulkar127*IndiaKenyaCuttack
1996GA Hick104*EnglandNetherlandsPeshawar
1996ME Waugh130AustraliaKenyaVisakhapatnam
1996ME Waugh126AustraliaIndiaMumbai
1996Aamir Sohail111PakistanSouth AfricaKarachi
1996SR Tendulkar137IndiaSri LankaDelhi
1996RT Ponting102AustraliaWest IndiesJaipur
1996AC Hudson161South AfricaNetherlandsRawalpindi
1996PA de Silva145Sri LankaKenyaKandy
1996VG Kambli106IndiaZimbabweKanpur
1996ME Waugh110AustraliaNew ZealandChennai
1996BC Lara111West IndiesSouth AfricaKarachi
1996CZ Harris130New ZealandAustraliaChennai
1996PA de Silva107*Sri LankaAustraliaLahore
1999SR Tendulkar140*IndiaKenyaBristol
1999R Dravid104*IndiaKenyaBristol
1999SC Ganguly183IndiaSri LankaTaunton
1999R Dravid145IndiaSri LankaTaunton
1999A Jadeja100*IndiaAustraliaThe Oval
1999ME Waugh104AustraliaZimbabweLord's
1999NC Johnson132*ZimbabweAustraliaLord's
1999Saeed Anwar103PakistanZimbabweThe Oval
1999SR Waugh120*AustraliaSouth AfricaLeeds
1999HH Gibbs101South AfricaAustraliaLeeds
1999Saeed Anwar113*PakistanNew ZealandManchester
2003BC Lara116West IndiesSouth AfricaCape Town
2003ST Jayasuriya120Sri LankaNew ZealandBloemfontein
2003CB Wishart172*ZimbabweNamibiaHarare
2003SB Styris141New ZealandSri LankaBloemfontein
2003A Symonds143*AustraliaPakistanJohannesburg
2003SP Fleming134*New ZealandSouth AfricaJohannesburg
2003HH Gibbs143South AfricaNew ZealandJohannesburg
2003SR Tendulkar152IndiaNamibiaPietermaritzburg
2003SC Ganguly112*IndiaNamibiaPietermaritzburg
2003JM Davison111CanadaWest IndiesCenturion
2003Saeed Anwar101PakistanIndiaCenturion
2003MS Atapattu124Sri LankaSouth AfricaDurban
2003KJJ van Noortwijk134*NetherlandsNamibiaBloemfontein
2003JF Kloppenburg121NetherlandsNamibiaBloemfontein
2003CH Gayle119West IndiesKenyaKimberley
2003SC Ganguly107*IndiaKenyaCape Town
2003RT Ponting114AustraliaSri LankaCenturion
2003NJ Astle102*New ZealandZimbabweBloemfontein
2003MS Atapattu103*Sri LankaZimbabweEast London
2003SC Ganguly111*IndiaKenyaDurban
2003RT Ponting140*AustraliaIndiaJohannesburg

Centuries scored by captains in WC 2003
WCBatsmanScoreForvsvenue
2003ST Jayasuriya120Sri LankaNew ZealandBloemfontein
2003SP Fleming134*New ZealandSouth AfricaJohannesburg
2003SC Ganguly112*IndiaNamibiaPietermaritzburg
2003SC Ganguly107*IndiaKenyaCape Town
2003RT Ponting114AustraliaSri LankaCenturion
2003SC Ganguly111*IndiaKenyaDurban
2003RT Ponting140*AustraliaIndiaJohannesburg

Centuries by non-Test playing nations in WC 2003
WCBatsmanScoreForvsvenue
2003JM Davison111CanadaWest IndiesCenturion
2003KJJ van Noortwijk134*NetherlandsNamibiaBloemfontein
2003JF Kloppenburg121NetherlandsNamibiaBloemfontein

Centuries against non-Test playing nations in WC 2003
WCBatsmanScoreForvsvenue
2003CB Wishart172*ZimbabweNamibiaHarare
2003SR Tendulkar152IndiaNamibiaPietermaritzburg
2003SC Ganguly112*IndiaNamibiaPietermaritzburg
2003KJJ van Noortwijk134*NetherlandsNamibiaBloemfontein
2003JF Kloppenburg121NetherlandsNamibiaBloemfontein
2003CH Gayle119West IndiesKenyaKimberley
2003SC Ganguly107*IndiaKenyaCape Town
2003SC Ganguly111*IndiaKenyaDurban

Centuries by subcontinent batsmen in WC 2003
WCBatsmanScoreForvsvenue
2003ST Jayasuriya120Sri LankaNew ZealandBloemfontein
2003SR Tendulkar152IndiaNamibiaPietermaritzburg
2003SC Ganguly112*IndiaNamibiaPietermaritzburg
2003Saeed Anwar101PakistanIndiaCenturion
2003MS Atapattu124Sri LankaSouth AfricaDurban
2003SC Ganguly107*IndiaKenyaCape Town
2003MS Atapattu103*Sri LankaZimbabweEast London
2003SC Ganguly111*IndiaKenyaDurban

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Sub: NETHERLANDS vs Holland - Ha Ha.........:-)

The author really needs to work on his knowledge of countries. Also don't they scrutinize the articles before they are published. Somebody should know Netherlands ...


Posted by Sanjeev Rao





Sub: big difference

Maybe because his average against the TEST playing nation is around 17!!!


Posted by saf





Sub: Bad reporting

The author at one place mentions Netherlands vs. Holland - God knows what he meant. I am also disgusted at this media attach on Ganguly ...


Posted by Anand





Sub: Saurav

I disagree if one say that Ganguly had all his centuries against Nontest playing nations, well a Century is a Century when you are playing ...


Posted by Arjun





Sub: why so much emphasis on ganguly

i don't know why ganguly centuries havebeen so underated, i accept it wasn't a great century like that of ricky ponting, but ganguly centuries have ...


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