Sachin Tendulkar’s incredible record at ODI World Cup over the years

It took him more than two decades to realise the dream of winning the World Cup, but much before the ultimate achievement happened in 201,1, Sachin Tendulkar remained India’s lynchpin at the biggest stage.

For the best part of five different ICC Men’s ODI World Cups (1992, 1996, 2003, 2007, 2011), Tendulkar set the cricketing world alight with his batting performances for India, ultimately helping his side to victory in the 2011 World Cup on home soil.

The Little Master might not have featured in the World Cups in 2015 and 2019 but he still holds most of the batting records there is to own for cricket’s marquee event. Tendulkar is the only man in the world to have scored more than 2,000 runs in the tournament’s history.

At the biggest stage, he was India’s main man.

Here’s a look at his record in the tournament over the years:

Most matches at ICC Men’s ODI World Cup

Player Span Matches Innings
RT Ponting (AUS) 1996-2011 46 42
SR Tendulkar (INDIA) 1992-2011 45 44
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 1999-2015 40 34
M Muralitharan (SL) 1996-2011 40 13
GD McGrath (AUS) 1996-2007 39 4

No man has scored more runs at the World Cup than Tendulkar; or even come close for that matter.

He scored 2,278 runs at the tournament – more than 500 more than his nearest rival – at an average of 56.95. His highest score at the World Cup came against Namibia in 2003, when he hit 18 fours on his way to 152 from 151 balls.

Tendulkar’s closest competitor for World Cup greatness is Ricky Ponting and while the Australian will be revered for his match-winning efforts over the years and big-game mentality, he is still a distant second to the Indian. Among active players, only Shakib al Hasan features in the top 10 and it will take a miracle to overhaul Tendulkar’s tally in the future.

Top run-scorers in ICC Men’s ODI World Cup

Player Innings Runs Highest Average Strike-rate 100s / 50s
SR Tendulkar 44 2278 152 56.95 88.98 6 / 15
RT Ponting 42 1743 140* 45.86 79.95 5 / 6
KC Sangakkara 35 1532 124 56.74 86.55 5 / 7
BC Lara 33 1225 116 42.24 86.26 2 / 7
AB de Villiers 22 1207 162* 63.52 117.29 4 / 6
CH Gayle 34 1186 215 35.93 90.53 2 / 6
ST Jayasuriya 37 1165 120 34.26 90.66 3 / 6
JH Kallis 32 1148 128* 45.92 74.4 1 / 9
Shakib AH 29 1146 124* 45.84 82.26 2 / 10
TM Dilshan 25 1112 161* 52.95 92.97

On six occasions, Tendulkar passed three figures at the World Cup; a feat that was matched by Rohit Sharma during his scintillating run at the 2019 edition.

His first century came in his second tournament in 1996 as he scored an unbeaten 127 against Kenya. It didn’t take long for him to record a second ton, as he went on to score 137 against Sri Lanka two weeks later.

Kenya were the victims again in 1999 when Tendulkar struck 140 not out in Bristol. It was an emotional innings for the Indian legend as he scored it on returning from India after his father’s death.

His fourth century came against Namibia, which remains his highest score at the tournament.

And he showed he was no spent force in his final World Cup in 2011, hitting scores of 120 in a tied game against England and 111 against South Africa. The chance of scoring the 100th century at the biggest stage, however, eluded the Mumbaikar.

Most centuries at ICC Men’s ODI World Cup

Player Innings Runs Highest Average Strike rate 100
RG Sharma 17 978 140 65.20 95.97 6
SR Tendulkar 44 2278 152 56.95 88.98 6
RT Ponting 42 1743 140* 45.86 79.95 5
KC Sangakkara 35 1532 124 56.74 86.55 5

Apart from converting six fifties into centuries, Tendulkar also holds the record for the most half-centuries in World Cup history with 15. Three of Tendulkar’s fifties came in his first tournament in 1992, three more in 1996, six in 2003, one in 2007 before finishing with two in 2011.

His tally of 21 fifty-plus scores is another that is unlikely to be broken soon, with the next best at 12.

Most 50+ scores at ICC Men’s World Cup

Player Innings Runs 100 50 50+
SR Tendulkar 44 2278 6 15 21
KC Sangakkara 35 1532 5 7 12
Shakib AH 29 1146 2 10 12
RT Ponting 42 1743 5 6 11
AB de Villiers 22 1207 4 6 10
HH Gibbs 23 1067 2 8 10
JH Kallis 32 1148 1 9 10

Most runs in one tournament

It was during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe that Tendulkar further enhanced his reputation as one of the leading ODI batsmen of all time, as he hit 673 runs in 11 games – a record for a single edition of the tournament.

Across Africa, he put on a batting masterclass, posting an impressive 152 against Namibia, 98 against Pakistan (one of his finest odi knockes )  and 97 versus Sri Lanka.

He couldn’t quite lead India to victory, though, as they fell to against Australia in the final, but he would eventually get his hands on the prestigious trophy eight years later.

In 2019, it looked like Tendulkar’s record might be overcome by David Warner or Rohit Sharma, but with neither able to reach the final for their respective teams, the Little Master’s record stands for four more years.

Most runs at one ICC Men’s World Cup edition

Player Innings Runs Average 100 50 Edition
SR Tendulkar 11 673 61.18 1 6 2003
ML Hayden 10 659 73.22 3 1 2007
RG Sharma 9 648 81.00 5 1 2019
DA Warner 10 647 71.88 3 3 2019
Shakib AH 8 606 86.57 2 5 2019

One of the key features of Tendulkar’s mountain of runs at the World Cup was that when he did well, India invariably won the match (and the vice-versa has been painfully true on a few times as well).

No wonder then that another feather in Tendulkar’s crown is that he holds the record for most runs scored in the World Cup in winning causes.

Most runs in winning causes at ICC Men’s ODI WC

Player Innings Runs Average Strike rate 100 50
SR Tendulkar 27 1516 65.91 90.50 3 12
RT Ponting 35 1342 43.29 81.43 3 6
AC Gilchrist 28 1051 38.92 101.35 1 8
KC Sangakkara 21 992 66.13 95.11 4 5
ML Hayden 21 987 51.94 92.93 3 2

 

Most runs in knockouts at ICC Men’s ODI WC

Player Innings Runs Highest Average 100 50
RT Ponting 10 442 140* 49.11 2 0
MJ Guptill 7 346 237* 57.66 1 0
SR Tendulkar 7 339 85 48.42 0 4
SPD Smith 4 311 105 103.66 1 3
AC Gilchrist 6 303 149 50.50 1 2

Finally, the one aspect that signifies Tendulkar’s importance to India at World Cups is that he was country’s leading scorer in three of the five tournaments he played. Sure, 2007 came and went as a massive blur for many Indian fans. Sure, 1999 was a bittersweet experience for him given the personal trauma he had to face. But apart from being the tournament’s leading run-getter twice, he was arguably India’s go-to man every time the men in blue began a World Cup campaign.

When Tendulkar made 482 runs in 2011, Gambhir was second-best at 393. When Tendulkar amassed 673 runs, Ganguly was second-best at 465. And most significantly, when Tendulkar scored 523 runs in 1996, the second best Indian run-getter was Sidhu with…. 178 runs.

Sachin Tendulkar’s record in World Cup editions

World Cup Matches Runs Batting Average 100s Remarks
1992 8 283 47.16 0 Second best among Indians behind Azhar
1996 7 523 87.16 2 Most runs in the tournament
1999 7 253 42.16 1 Fourth best among Indians
2003 11 673 61.18 1 Record for tally in one edition
2007 3 64 32.00 0 Fifth best among Indians
2011 9 482 53.55 2 Second overall, best among Indians

The triumph in 2011 was ultimately a team effort but for most of his career, Tendulkar led a one-man army at the World Cups. When India won, he might not have contributed in the final, but fittingly, he was his team’s leading run-getter again. That, more than anything, sums up Tendulkar’s World Cup legacy.

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