Monday, March 30, 2015

Top 5 Run Scorers in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Let us see who the Top 5 Run Getters are from ICC Cricket World Cup 2015!!

Martin Guptill, New Zealand

He was not the most in form batsmen leading up to the World Cup and he started off with a string of low scores before cranking it up with a composed century in the last pool game against Bangladesh during a tricky chase. He then smashed the first double century by a Kiwi as he made 237* against the West Indies in the Quarter Final. He finished with 547 runs in 9 matches at an average of 68.37 and a strike rate of almost 105.

Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka

The man who reeled off centuries after century like he was plucking fruits off his backyard tree! He started with a superb century against Bangladesh, then traumatized England in a run chase before making one off the eventual World Champions Australia at SCG in a high run chase and capped off with another one against Scotland. He made a staggering 541 runs in just 7 matches at an average of 108.2 and a strike rate of over 105.

AB De Villiers, South Africa

He was expected to take the batting at this World Cup by storm and he did exactly that. He played an audacious innings against the Irish and the West Indians hitting the ball to the parts of the ground we did not know exist! The fact that he fielded brilliantly and even bowled for the Proteas in addition to leading them just makes his whole effort even more stupendous! He made 482 runs in 8 matches at an average of over 96 and a mind boggling strike rate of almost 150!!

Brendon Taylor, Zimbabwe

He was the lynch pin of the Zimbabwean batting along with Sean Williams. They both held their middle order together and gave a scare to Pakistan and South Africa along with Ireland. Taylor made a sparkling 138 in his last match for the Zimbabweans against the Indians where he smashed them to all parts of the ground! He made 433 runs in just 6 matches at an average of 72.2 and a strike rate of 107!

Shikhar Dhawan, India

Shikhar Dhawan hit a century against the South Africans at the MCG and then also hit one against the Irish. Although he was not in form leading up to the World Cup but he found his mojo and made some important contributions for India at the top of the order. He made 412 runs in 8 matches at an average of almost 52 and a strike rate of almost 92!

In this list, I guess Shikhar is the one who made the least impact of all the batsmen. Steven Smith lies in the 6th spot with 402 runs in 8 matches at an average of 67 and a strike rate of 92 but he made telling contributions in the Aussie victory as he made a fifty against the Pakistanis in the Quarter Final, a century in the Semi Final against the Indians and an unbeaten half century in the Final against the Kiwis!!

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