In numbers: Highs and lows of the World Cup

All the records you need to know from the 11 previous World Cup editions.

Ricky Ponting played the most World Cup matches (46), played the most as captain (29) and won the most as captain (26).   -  AFP

Team records

The finalists and results

World Cup No.HostsWinnerRunner-upVictory marginFinal venueDateWinning captainLosing semifinalists
1EnglandWest IndiesAustralia17 runsLord’s, LondonJune 21, 1975Clive LloydEngland, New Zealand
2EnglandWest IndiesEngland92 runsLord’s, LondonJune 23, 1979Clive LloydPakistan, New Zealand
3England, WalesIndiaWest Indies43 runsLord’s, LondonJune 25, 1983Kapil DevPakistan, England
4India, PakistanAustraliaEngland7 runsEden Gardens, KolkataNovember 8, 1987Allan BorderPakistan, India
5Australia, New ZealandPakistanEngland22 runsMelbourne Cricket GroundMarch 25, 1992Imran KhanNew Zealand, South Africa
6India, Pakistan, Sri LankaSri LankaAustralia7 wicketsGadaffi Stadium, LahoreMarch 17, 1996Arjuna RanatungaIndia, West Indies
7England, WalesAustraliaPakistan8 wicketsLord’s, LondonJune 20, 1999Steve WaughNew Zealand, South Africa
8South Africa, Zimbabwe, KenyaAustraliaIndia125 runsThe Wanderers, JohannesburgMarch 23, 2003Ricky PontingSri Lanka, Kenya
9West IndiesAustraliaSri Lanka53 runsKensington Oval, BridgetownApril 28, 2007Ricky PontingNew Zealand, South Africa
10India, Pakistan, Sri LankaIndiaSri Lanka6 wicketsWankhede Stadium, MumbaiApril 2, 2011M. S. DhoniPakistan, New Zealand
11Australia, New ZealandAustraliaNew Zealand7 wicketsMelbourne Cricket GroundMarch 29, 2015Michael ClarkeIndia, South Africa

 

Highest team total | 417/6 (50 overs) | Australia v Afghanistan, Perth, March 4, 2015

Highest team total batting second (tie) | 338/8 (50 overs) | England v India, Bangalore, February 27, 2011

Highest successful team run chase | 329/7 (49.1 overs) | Ireland v England, Bangalore, March 2, 2011

Lowest team total | 36/10 (18.4 overs) | Canada v Sri Lanka, Paarl, February 19, 2003

With six, Sachin Tendulkar has the most World Cup centuries.   -  The Hindu Photo Archives

Highest match aggregate | 688/18 (96.2 overs) | Australia (376/9) beat Sri Lanka (312/9), Sydney, March 8, 2015

Highest match aggregate (100 overs) | 653/13 | India (370/4) beat Bangladesh (283/9), Mirpur, February 19, 2011

Lowest match aggregate | 73/11 (23.2 overs) | Canada (36) lost to Sri Lanka (37/1), Paarl, February 19, 2003

Lowest match aggregate (20 wickets) | 323/20 (106.4 overs) | India (182) beat West Indies (140), Lord’s, June 25, 1983

Lowest match aggregate (100 overs) | 390/13 | South Africa (254/8) beat Canada, East London, February 27, 2003

Biggest victory (by runs) | 275 runs | Australia beat Afghanistan, Perth, March 4, 2015

Biggest victory (by wickets) | 10 wickets | 11 instances

Biggest victory (by balls remaining) | 277 balls | England beat Canada, Manchester, June 14, 1979

Tied matches:

  • Australia (213) v South Africa (213), Birmingham, June 17, 1999
  • Sri Lanka (268/9) v South Africa (229/6), Durban, March 3, 2003 +
  • Ireland (221/9) v Zimbabwe (221), Kingston, March 15, 2007
  • India (338) v England (228/8), Bengaluru, February 27, 2011

(+ via Duckworth-Lewis method)

Won by default | Sri Lanka (251/8) beat India (120/8), Kolkata, March 13, 1996

Smallest victories (by runs) | 1 run | Australia beat India, Chennai, October 9, 1987

1 run | Australia beat India, Brisbane, March 1, 1992

Smallest victories (by wickets) | 1 wicket | 6 instances

Smallest victories (by balls remaining) | 0 balls | Pakistan beat West Indies, Lahore, October 16, 1987

Most sixes in a match | 31 | New Zealand (15) v West Indies (16), Wellington (WTS), March 21, 2015

Most sixes in an innings by a team | 19 | West Indie v Zimbabwe, Canberra, February 24, 2015

Most fours in a match | 72 Australia (40) v South Africa (32), Basseterre, March 24, 2007

72 | Australia (38) v Sri Lanka (34), Sydney, March 8, 2015

Most fours in an innings by a team | 43 | Sri Lanka v Kenya, Kandy, March 6, 1996

With 41 catches and 13 stumpings, Kumar Sangakkara has the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in the World Cup.   -  AFP

 

Individual records

Highest individual score | 237* | Martin Guptill, New Zealand v West Indies, Wellington (WTS), March 21, 2015

Highest batting strike rate in an innings | 308 | Brendon McCullum (77 in 25 balls), New Zealand v England, Wellington (WTS), February 20, 2015

Lowest batting strike rate in an innings | 34.19 | Ishwar Maraj (53* in 155 balls), Canada v South Africa, East London, April 29, 2009

Most sixes in an innings | 16 | Chris Gayle (215), West Indies v Zimbabwe, Canberra, February 24, 2015

Most fours in an innings | 24 | Martin Gutill (237*), New Zealand v West Indies, Wellington (WTS), March 21, 2015

Fastest fifty | 18 balls Brendon McCullum (77 in 25 balls), New Zealand v England, Wellington (WTS), February 20, 2015

Fastest hundred | 50 balls | Kevin O’Brien (113 in 63 balls), Ireland v England, Bengaluru, March 2, 2011

Most hundreds | 6 | Sachin Tendulkar for India

Most fifties | 15 | Sachin Tendulkar for India

Most fifty-plus scores | 21 | Sachin Tendulkar for India

Most innings in the nineties | 3 | Sachin Tendulkar (India) and Michael Clarke (Australia)

Most ducks | 5 | Ijaz Ahmed (Pakistan) and Nathan Astle (New Zealand)

Most sixes | 37 | Chris Gayle (West Indies) and A. B. de Villiers (South Africa)

Most fours | 241 | Sachin Tendulkar (India)

Highest run aggregate | 2,278 | Sachin Tendulkar (India) in 45 matches between 1992 and 2011

Highest batting average | 103 | Andrew Symonds (Australia) in 13 innings, 515 runs, between 2003 and 2007

Highest batting strike rate | 120.85 | Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) in 27 innings, 742 runs in 614 balls

Most runs in a single edition | 673 | Sachin Tendulkar (India) in 2003 in 11 innings with a 61.18 average

Most hundreds in a single edition | 4 | Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) in 2015 in 7 innings

Best bowling figures | 7/15 in 7 overs | Glenn McGrath, Australia v Namibia, Potchefstroom, February 27, 2003

Most economical bowling figures | 0.50 (12-8-6-1) | Bishan Singh Bedi, India v East Africa, Leeds, June 11, 1975

0.80 (10-4-8-2) | Curtly Ambrose, West Indies v Scotland, Leicester, May 27, 1999

Most five-wicket hauls | 2 | Gary Gilmour (Australia), Asantha de Mel (Sri Lanka), Glenn McGrath (Australia), Vasbert Drakes (West Indies), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

Most four-plus-wicket hauls | 4 | Shane Warne (Australia), M. Muralidharan (Sri Lanka), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Imran Tahir (South Africa)

Most wickets | 71 | Glenn McGrath (Australia) in 39 matches between 1996 and 2007

Best bowling average | 10.18 | Mitchell Starc (Australia) in 8 matches, 22 wickets

Best bowling strike rate | 17.41 | Mitchell Starc (Australia) in 8 matches, 22 wickets

Best bowling economy rate | 2.47 | Bishan Singh Bedi (India) in 5 matches, 2 wickets

Most wickets in a single edition | 26 | Glenn McGarth (Australia) in 2003 in 11 matches, average 13.73

Hat tricks | 9 (Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka did so twice, including 4 in 4 balls!)

With 71, Glenn McGrath has taken the most wickets at the World Cup.   -  Getty Images

 

Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a match | 6 (all catches) | Adam Gilchrist, Australia v Namibia, Potchefstroom, February 27, 2003

6 (all catches) | Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan v South Africa, Auckland, March 7, 2015

Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a single edition | 21 (all catches) | Adam Gilchrist (Australia) in 2003 in 10 matches

Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper | 54 (41 catches and 13 stumpings) | Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) in 37 matches

Most catches by a fielder in a match | 4 | Mohammad Kaif (India) in 2003, Soumya Sarkar (Bangladesh) in 2015, Umar Akmal (Pakistan) in 2015

Most catches by a fielder in a single edition | 11 | Ricky Ponting (Australia) in 2003 in 11 matches

Most catches by a fielder | 28 | Ricky Ponting (Australia) in 46 matches

Most matches as captain | 29 Ricky Ponting (Australia)

Most victories as captain | 26 Ricky Ponting (Australia)

Captains with most titles | 2 | Clive Lloyd (West Indies) in 1975 and 1979, Ricky Ponting (Australia) in 2003 and 2007

Most matches | 46 | Ricky Ponting (Australia)

Youngest player | Nitish Kumar (16 years, 283 days) for Canada in 2011

Oldest player on debut | Nolan Clarke (47 years, 240 days) for Netherlands in 1996

Oldest player | Nolan Clarke (47 years, 257 days) for Netherlands in 1996

Youngest to score a fifty | Tamim Iqbal (17 years, 362 days), Bangladesh v India, Port of Spain, March 17, 2007

Youngest to score a hundred | Paul Stirling (20 years, 196 days), Ireland v Netherlands, Kolkata, March 18, 2011

Oldest to score a fifty | Flavian Aponso (43 years, 121 days), Netherlands v Pakistan, Lahore, February 26, 1996

Oldest to score a hundred | Tillakaratne Dilshan (38 years, 148 days), Sri Lanka v Scotland, Hobart, March 11, 2015