ICC Cricket World Cup is the biggest tournament in the cricket world.Every cricketers dreams of representing their nation and lift the prestigious trophy in this tournament.
Over the years, many cricketers have given amazing performances in the World Cup, however, a few of them stands out.
Here, in this article, we bring you a list of some of the greatest performances in the World Cup. Have a look:
6. MS Dhoni – 91 runs against Sri Lanka in 2011 WC Final:
No Indian cricket fan can ever forget the moment when MS Dhoni smashed one of the most memorable sixes in cricket history. During the final match at Wankhede, MS Dhoni walked out to bat at no. 5 ahead of Yuvraj Singh, who was in brilliant form, in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Dhoni has taken many brave calls in his career but this one stands out. He gave an outstanding performance and scored 91 runs, including the winning sixer that helped team India lift the prestigious world cup trophy of 2011.
5. Gautam Gambhir – 97 runs in 2011 World cup final:
Gautam Gambhir is one of the unsung heroes of World Cup 2011. He played a memorable knock in the final of the 2011 World Cup final and helped team India come closer to the target of 275 runs in the final. Gambhir played a historic knock of 97 runs in 122 balls and helped team India win the trophy after a period of 28 years.
4. Sir Viv Richards – 138 runs against England in 1979:
No list of batting heroics is complete without the mention of this legendary cricketer. Sir Viv Richards has given many memorable performances throughout his career. However, his most famous knock of 138 runs in the final of the 1979 World Cup against England is still regarded as one of his best performances.
Before Viv Richards walked in to bat, his team had lost 4 quick wickets quite early in their innings, however, Viv made sure to make his team win the match with his powerful knock, which consisted of 11 boundaries and 3 sixes.
3. Ricky Ponting – 140 against India in World Cup 2003:
Ricky Ponting played a historic knock-in World Cup 2003 final, which no Indian fan can ever forget. He scored an unbeaten 140 off just 121 balls in this match against India. With the help of his knock, the Kangaroos team posted 359/2 in 50 overs.
2. Adam Gilchrist – 149 runs against Sri Lanka in 2011:
Adam Gilchrist’s incredible innings in the World cup 2007 final is regarded as one of his best performances. In a match against Sri Lanka, Adam Gilchrist pulled off some great cuts and pull-offs his back-foot and scored 149 runs including 8 sixes and 13 fours in that knock, simply taking the game away from the Sri Lankans.
1. Sourav Ganguly – 183 runs against Sri Lanka in 1999 WC:
After missing out on the 1996 World cup, Sourav Ganguly made sure to leave a mark with his performance in the next edition of the tournament.
Sourav Ganguly’s cuts, pulls and drives made everyone sit on the edge of their seats and helped India won the match in the first 50 overs itself. Playing one of his best knocks, Sourav Ganguly scored 183 runs, including 7 sixes and 17 fours. With his iconic knock, Sourav Ganguly had also surpassed Kapil Dev’s record of 175 runs in an ODI match.