World Cup: Opening spinners, fastest 150s and other statistics

From the team opening with a spin bowler to the quickest bowler to get to 150 wickets in ODIs, here are some of the stats from the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Imran Tahir has picked up four wickets from three games in the World Cup so far.   -  Getty Images


The number of occasions a spinner has bowled the first over in a World Cup match. South African leggie Imran Tahir became the latest to do so against England at the Oval on the opening day of the 12th Cricket World Cup 2019.

Spinners bowling the first over in a World Cup match

SpinnersTeamOpponentVenueDateBowling figuresResultNotes
Deepak PatelNew ZealandEnglandWellington (BR)March 15, 199210-1-26-2Won 
Johan BothaSouth AfricaWest IndiesDelhiFebruary 24, 20119-0-48-2Won 
Robin PetersenSouth AfricaEnglandChennaiMarch 6, 20118-2-22-3Lost 
R. AshwinIndiaAustraliaAhmedabadMarch 24, 201110-0-52-2WonQuarterfinal
Robin PetersenSouth AfricaNew ZealandMirpurMarch 25, 20119-0-49-1LostQuarterfinal
Imran TahirSouth AfricaEnglandThe OvalMay 30, 201910-0-61-2LostFirst match of 2019


Notes: Botha dismissed Chris Gayle on the third ball of the opening over; Petersen in Chennai got Andrew Strauss (third ball) and Kevin Pietersen (sixth ball) of the opening over; Imran Tahir got Jonny Bairstow on the second ball of the opening over.


The number of runs scored by Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile during his match-winning knock against the West Indies at Trent Bridge. This is now the second highest score by an individual batsman while batting at No. 8 in the history of One-Day International cricket and the highest by a No. 8 at the World Cup.

Highest individual scores by batsmen at positions 8 and below in ODI cricket

ScoreBatsmanTeamOpponentVenueDateBatting positionInningsResult
95*Chris WoakesEnglandSri LankaNottinghamJune 21, 20168SecondTied
92*Andre RussellWest IndiesIndiaNorth SoundJune 11, 20119FirstLost
92Nathan Coulter-NileAustraliaWest IndiesNottinghamJune 6, 20198FirstWon
86*Ravi RampaulWest IndiesIndiaVisakhapatnamDecember 2, 201110FirstLost
84Thomas OdoyoKenyaBangladeshNairobi GymAugust 13, 20068FirstLost
84Darren SammyWest IndiesAustraliaGros IsletMarch 25, 20129SecondLost

Note: Sammy was captaining the side.

Highest individual scores by batsmen at batting positions 8 and below at the World Cup

RunsBatsmanTeamOpponentVenueDateBatting positionInningsResult
92Nathan Coulter-NileAustraliaWest IndiesNottinghamJune 6, 20198FirstWon
72*Heath StreakZimbabweNew ZealandBloemfonteinMarch 8, 20038FirstLost
64Andy BichelAustraliaNew ZealandPort ElizabethMarch 11, 20039FirstWon
62Abdul RazzaqPakistanNew ZealandPallekeleMarch 8, 20118SecondLost
61*Deryck MurrayWest IndiesPakistanBirminghamJune 11, 19758SecondWon
60Nsair AzizUAEWest IndiesNapierMarch 15, 20158FirstLost


Note: Streak was captaining the side.

Coulter-Nile’s 92 is also the highest score by an Australian batting at positions 7 and below in ODI cricket.

Highest individual scores by an Australian coming in at batting positions 7 and below in ODI cricket

RunsBatsmanOpponentVenueDateBatting positionInningsResult
92Nathan Coulter-NileWest IndiesNottinghamJune 6, 20198FirstWon
65*Shane WatsonNew ZealandSt. George’sApril 20, 20077FirstWon
64Andy BichelNew ZealandPort ElizabethMarch 11, 20039FirstWon
52*Rodney MarshhWest IndiesThe OvalJune 14, 19757FirstLost
50*Rodney MarshhZimbabweNottinghamJune 9, 19837SecondLost
50*Darren LehmannNamibiaPotchefstroomFebruary 27, 20037FirstWon


The number of matches Mitchell Starc needed to take 150 wickets in ODIs. This is now the quickest by any bowler to reach this landmark. For the record, Starc became the 74th bowler to claim 150 or more wickets in ODIs.

Fewest matches to reach 150 ODI wickets

MatchesBowlerTeamAchieved onOpponentVenueStrike rateRuns per over
77Mitchell StarcAustraliaJune 6, 2019West IndiesNottingham25.584.95
78Saqlain MushtaqPakistanJanuary 16, 1998IndiaDhaka26.804.27
81Trent BoultNew ZealandJune 5, 2019BangladeshThe Oval29.365.07
82Brett LeeAustraliaFebruary 20, 2004Sri LankaDambulla28.014.65
84Ajantha MendisSri LankaNovember 1, 2015West IndiesColombo RPS26.894.73


The number of Indians who managed to claim four wickets on their World Cup debut. Yuzvendra Chahal against South Africa became the latest entrant in the Southampton World Cup match.

Best bowling figures by Indians on World Cup debut

Bowling figuresBowlerOversOpponentVenueDateResult
4/35Mohammed Shami9PakistanAdelaideFebruary 15, 2015Won
4/51Yuzvendra Chahal10South AfricaSouthamptonJune 5, 2019Won
4/56Debasis Mohanty10KenyaBristolMay 23, 1999Won
3/26Ravi Shastri5.1West IndiesManchesterJune 9, 1983Won
3/28Anil Kumble10KenyaCuttackFebruary 18, 1996Won
3/48Roger Binny12West IndiesManchesterJune 9, 1983Won

Note: Yuvraj Singh had figures of 4/6 in 4.3 overs against Nambia while bowling for the first time in a World Cup match. But it was his fourth WC match. He did not bowl in the first three games!

Queries Corner

How often have two batsmen batting at Nos. 7 and 8 managed to score 40-plus in the same innings in a World Cup match? I am referring to scores made by Alex Carey (45) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (92) against the West Indies at Nottingham. – Srihari Rao, Visakhapatnam

This has now occurred on four occasions in a World Cup match.

No. 7No. 8TeamOpponentVenueDateResult
Ravi Bopara (52)Paul Nixon (42)EnglandSri LankaNorth SoundApril 4, 2007Lost
Jos Buttler (65)Chris Woakes (42*)EnglandBangladeshAdelaideMarch 9, 2015Lost
Amjad Javed (56)Nasir Aziz (60)UAEWest IndiesNapierMarch 15, 2015Lost
Alex Carey (45)Nathan Coulter-Nile (92)AustraliaWest IndiesNottinghamJune 6, 2019Won


Have any teams lost a World Cup match despite two batsmen scoring centuries in the same innings? – B. K. Harinath, Mysuru

The recent England-Pakistan World Cup match at Nottingham provided the first such instance in the tournament. The previous 15 times between 1987 and 2015 that two batsmen from the same side scored centuries all resulted in wins. However, in the Nottingham WC match, both Joe Root and Jos Buttler’s efforts were in vain.

Chris Gayle is nearly 40. Does his fifty against Pakistan at Nottingham make him the oldest to do so? – M. Sathyajeet, Udipi

Chris Gayle was 39 years, 252 days when he registered a fifty at Nottingham. There are three others – Sri Lankan Flavian Aponso, who played for Netherlands in the 1996 World Cup, Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq and Englishman Alec Stewart – who were older than Gayle when they scored World Cup fifties. Aponso was 43 years, 121 days when he did so, thus making him the oldest batsman to make a World Cup fifty at the 1996 edition!

Note: All figures above are updated as on June 7, 2019.

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