Most runs in ODI World Cup history

The ODI World Cup 2023 is all set to begin on October 5. The marquee event will be completely hosted by India for the first time. Over the years, there have been many performances in the World Cup that have stood the test of time. Apart from the bowlers, the batters have been equally as influential for their respective sides in the tournament. On that note, let us have a look at the top three highest run-getters in World Cup history.

3. Kumar Sangakkara

Former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper batter Kumar Sangakkara sits in third place in the list of batters with the most runs in ODI World Cup history. Revered as one of the greatest players of all time produced by Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara made his presence known whenever he stepped out to bat. In the 37 games that he played across ODI World Cups, Sangakkara scored 1532 runs, which included five centuries and seven half-centuries and maintained a sensational average of 56.74.

2. Ricky Ponting

Legendary former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting sits in second place. Ponting played 46 games in the World Cup where he amassed 1743 runs to his name. Under his leadership, Australia went on to win several World Cups. In the 46 games he played, Ponting scored five centuries and six half-centuries and maintained an impressive average of 45.86 runs

1. Sachin Tendulkar

The legendary Indian batter, Sachin Tendulkar, makes his presence known at the top almost habitually. Throughout his career, Tendulkar featured in 45 World Cup matches, being one of the most important players for India. Tendulkar amassed 2278 runs and is the highest run-getter in ODI World Cup history. In the 45 matches, Tendulkar scored six centuries and 15 half-centuries and maintained a spectacular average of 56.95.