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Home > Cricket > The Cup > Statistics

The Top 20 lists

Srinivas Bhogle and K Anil Kumar | April 06, 2007 21:55 IST

With the World Cup taking a brief respite, we had the time to prepare the "Top 20" lists of batsmen (most runs scored) and bowlers (most wickets taken) in the 2007 World Cup.

It's interesting that half of the Top 20 batsmen have a strike rate of over 90, and six of the Top 20 have a strike rate of over 100.

The Top 20 batsmen have also scored nine centuries and 36 fifties.

PlayerCountryMatchesRunsStrike RateHighest Score100's 50's
Matthew Hayden Aus5395110.6415821
Graeme SmithSA5332109.579104
Jacques KallisSA532889.1312812
Sanath JayasuriyaSL6303104.4811520
Mahela JayawardeneSL628874.818503
Stephen FlemingNZ528094.2810212
Ricky PontingAus5262108.2611311
Scott StyrisNZ525891.498703
Michael Clarke Aus5241106.179302
Kevin Pietersen Eng522776.956003
Shivnarine ChanderpaulWI622758.8110211
Chamara SilvaSL622286.725903
Paul Collingwood Eng521597.299002
Adam Gilchrist Aus521198.605902
Upul TharangaSL620264.336402
Kumar SangakkaraSL619978.357602
Brian LaraWI619775.777701
Imran NazirPak3190108.5716010
Ramnaresh SarwanWI618961.364900
Niall O'BrienIre517267.197202

Only Niall O'Brien of Ireland is from a "minnow" team, and he too is trying to get into the England cricket team!

And here's the Top 20 list of bowlers. Bowlers with the most wickets are listed at the top and, if two or more bowlers have the same number of wickets, those with a better economy rate appear higher on the list.

There is only one instance of a bowler taking 5 wickets in an innings, but four bowlers from the Top 20 have had 4-wicket hauls.

Shane Bond's economy rate of 2.29 is truly remarkable.

PlayerCountryMatchesWicketsEconomy RateBest Bowling
Lasith MalingaSL6154.944-54
Muttiah MuralitharanSL6124.123-34
Glenn McGrath Aus5124.313-5
Charles LangeveldtSA5125.405-39
Daren PowellWI6113.842-24
Brad Hogg Aus5114.864-27
Andrew Flintoff Eng493.704-43
Andrew HallSA594.543-48
Shane BondNZ482.293-31
Chaminda VaasSL683.322-19
Scott StyrisNZ583.764-43
Daniel VettoriNZ584.653-39
Boyd Rankin Ire584.773-32
Shaun Tait Aus585.642-43
Dwayne BravoWI685.713-42
Jacob OramNZ573.463-23
Nathan Bracken Aus573.712-20
Abdur Razzak Ban575.633-20
Kyle McCallanIre564.242-12
Elton ChigumburaZim365.123-50


Srinivas Bhogle and K Anil Kumar work with Cranes Software International Limited, Bangalore.

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