World Cup 2019 is set to start in a few days. This will be the 12th edition of the tournament. Australia have been the most successful team in World Cup history, winning 5 titles. They are also the defending champions. The last two World Cups have been won by the home team. Can hosts England win the World Cup this time?
Cricwizz takes a look at some mindblowing and interesting statistics on World Cup you were probably not aware of.
Consistent World Cup captain Ponting
Ricky Ponting is the most successful captain in the history of the World Cup in terms of matches won and winning percentage. He has led Australia in 29 WC matches, winning 26, losing 2 and one no result, and a winning percentage of 92.85, the best by any captain in this tournament. The only two matches he lost was in 2011 World Cup against Pakistan and India.
England have advanced to three World Cup finals, and have lost each time. They lost the first time to West Indies in 1979 World Cup, the second time to Australia in 1987 World Cup and the third time to Pakistan in 1992 World Cup.
The host country has never won the World Cup title until India won the crown in 2011 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Hosts Australia also won the World Cup at home in the last edition in 2015. Earlier, Sri Lanka who were one of the co-hosts in 1996 World Cup won the final in Pakistan.
Jayawardene’s knock in vain
Mahela Jayawardene is the only player to score a ton in a final in a losing cause. He scored 103* against India in 2011 WC final. Sri Lanka lost the final by 6 wickets.
McGrath-Afridi in record books
Glenn McGrath and Shahid Afridi are the only two bowlers in World Cup history so far to bag two five-wicket hauls in the tournament. McGrath is also the highest wicket-taker in World Cup history with 71 wickets in 39 matches.
Sachin, the run-machine
Sachin Tendulkar has been twice the leading run-getter in World Cup. He did it in 1996 WC and 2003 WC. He scored 523 runs @ 87.16 in 7 matches with 2 tons and 3 fifties in 1996 WC. He scored 673 runs @ 61.18 in 11 matches with 1 ton and 6 fifties in 2003 WC.
One-run win twice
Australia have beaten India twice by 1 run in the World Cup. The first time it happened was in Chennai in 1987 WC. The second time it happened in Brisbane in 1992 WC.
South Africa have made it to every knockout since the 1992 edition, except in 2003 edition. Out of a total of 6 appearances in WC knockouts, SA made it to four semis, losing all the matches. They are the only team apart from Afghanistan & Bangladesh in the 10-team 2019 World Cup who are yet to play a final.
Two double tons were scored in 2015 WC in a matter of three days. Chris Gayle scored it first (215) against Zimbabwe before Martin Guptill broke the West Indian’s highest individual innings WC record three days later. Guptill scored 237* against West Indies.
Four tied matches
There have been 4 tied matches in the history of World Cup. The most dramatic has been the 1999 semi-final between Australia and SA. Australia advanced into the final, thanks to their win over SA in Super Six. The other three tied matches include SA vs SL in 2003 WC when a Duckworth Lewis calculation went wrong by the Proteas; Ireland vs Zimbabwe in 2007 WC; and India vs England in 2011 WC.