Most runs in a single ODI World Cup edition

The 13th edition of the ODI World Cup drew to a close on Sunday, November 19 as Australia lifted the title for the sixth time after beating India by six wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. A plethora of records were broken during the ODI World Cup 2023. Glenn Maxwell slammed the fastest hundred in the history of the tournament against the Netherlands off just 40 balls. Pakistan notched up the highest successful run-chase in the history of the tournament as they made light work of the target of 345 set by Sri Lanka. Several other records were also broken during the course of the 10-team event. In this article, we will take a look at the most runs scored by players in a single edition of the tournament.

3) 659 in 10 Innings – Matthew Hayden in 2007

The 2007 ODI World Cup was hosted by the West Indies. It turned out to be one of the most one-sided World Cups in the history of the sport as Australia dominated their way to a third consecutive title and fourth overall. Matthew Hayden set the tone for the Aussies at the top in most of their matches and he finished with 659 runs in 10 innings at a staggering average of 73.22 and a strike rate of 101.07. The southpaw hit three centuries and a solitary fifty during the campaign.

2) 673 in 11 Innings – Sachin Tendulkar in 2003

The ‘Master Blaster’ was in surreal form during the 2003 ODI World Cup. India finished runner-up after losing to Australia but they played some fantastic cricket throughout the competition. Sachin Tendulkar amassed 673 runs in 11 innings at an average of 61.18 and a strike rate of 89.25. The legendary batter hit six half-centuries and one hundred in the campaign and won the Player of the Tournament award.

1) 765 in 11 Innings – Virat Kohli in 2023

In 2023, Virat Kohli surpassed his idol Sachin’s 20-year-old record for most number of runs scored by a player in a single edition of the World Cup. Kohli finished with a whopping 765 runs at a mind-boggling average of 95.62 and a strike rate of 90.31. He notched up three centuries and six half-centuries in just 11 innings and was awarded Player of the Tournament.