2015 Cricket World Cup Leading Run-Scorers: Martin Guptill hits 200! 2nd in the list of top-10 batsmen

Martin Guptill of New Zealand made a double century in the fourth quarter finals against West Indies in Wellington to take 2nd place in the leading run-scorers of 2015 Cricket World Cup. Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman to cross 500 run-mark in 2015 Cricket World Cup but his quarter-final innings 45 off 96 deliveries is anything that did justice to his aggressive, in-form batsman personality. He is the leading run-scorer of this edition but the humbling performance by Sri Lankan side in the quarter-final against South Africa could well be their final match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

His knock of 138 off 110 deliveries takes him to second place of leading run-scorers of 2015 Cricket World Cup, only behind Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka (496 runs). Taylor has made 433 runs in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, including second century of the tournament. Zimbabwean Sean Williams also made another half-century to climb up to sixth place in top-10 list of batsmen of ICC World Cup 2015.

Mahhmudullah of Bangladesh riding on his great form hit second hundred of 2015 Cricket World Cup against New Zealand at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. After becoming the first Bangladeshi batsman to hit century in World Cups, Mahmudullah scored a well-made 124* against the Kiwis. With this hundred he moves to fifth place of leading run-scorers of ICC Cricket World 2015 with a total of 344 runs. The race to become the leading run-scorers of 2015 Cricket World Cup is heating up between two players – South African skipper AB de Villiers challenging Sri Lanka’s batting supremo Kumar Sangakkara. Both the players have consistently being among the runs.

There have been a total of one double century and 33 centuries hit in the World Cup 2015 so far. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (4), Tillakrathne Dilshan (2), Mahmudullah (2), Brendan Taylor (2) and Shikhar Dhawan (2) are the only payers to hit more than one century in Cricket World Cup 2015 so far.

Leading Run-Scorers: List of Top Batsmen of WC 2015









Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka






Brendan Taylor







AB de Villiers

South Africa






Tillakrathne Dilshan

Sri Lanka






Shikhar Dhawan














Sean Williams







Hashim Amla

South Africa













Shaiman Anwar






Leading run-scorers table updated till Match 44 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, India vs Bangladesh* on March 19, 2015.

The 27 centurions, starting with the top scorer are– Chris Gayle (215), David Warner (178), AB De Villiers (162*) Tillakaratne Dilshan (161*), Hashim Amla (159), Kyle Coetzer (156), Lahiru Thirimanne (139*), David Miller (138*), Brendan Taylor (138), Shikhar Dhawan (137), Marlon Samuels (133*) Aaron Finch (135), Moeen Ali (128), Mahmudullah (124*), Kumar Sangakkara (124), Brendan Taylor (121), Joe Root (121), Kumar Sangakkara (117*) JP Duminy (115*), Ed Joyce (112) Faf du Plesseis (109) Virat Kohli (107), William Porterfield (107), Shaiman Anwar (106), Kumar Sangakkara (105*), Martin Guptill (105), Suresh Raina (104), Kumar Sangakkara (104) Tillakrathne Dilshan (104), Mahmudullah (103), Glenn Maxwell (102), Lendl Simmons (102) Shikhar Dhawan (100) and Mahela Jayawardene (100).

Among the other notable players were India’s flamboyant batting star Virat Kohli’s 107 against arch-rivals Pakistan, Sri Lankan veteran Mahela Jayawardene who scored a magnificent century to save his side from going down against Afghanistan. Paul Stirling of Ireland’s winning knock of 92 against West Indies is another memorable innings of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.


Winning World Cup: It’s all about ‘3 crucial games’, says Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina has said India need to continue the good work in the next “three crucial games” to win the ICC World Cup 2015.

Left-handed Raina, who hit a century against Zimababwe last week to take India to sixth victory in a row in the group stage, is eyeing to carry the same form in the quarter-final against Bangladesh on March 19 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

India, the defending champions, are three games away from winning a second World Cup title in a row, which has never happened in their history.

“We are all looking forward to it (quarter-final) and we believe we have a good all-round side. Everything is working well for us and if it works well for another two weeks then it would be great,” Raina told BCCI’s official website.

“Now it is all about those three crucial games – the quarters, semis and the final. We need to continue what we have been doing over the past one month and work on our strengths. We need to get our focus on the rest of the three games.
“As of now we need to go and play really well against Bangladesh. They have reached this stage playing some good cricket. I hope we do well and we believe we will,” he added.

India and New Zealand are the only unbeaten sides so far in the tournament. The quarter-finals begin tomorrow with South Africa meeting Sri Lanka in Sydney.


Bat first, don’t obsess over De Villiers, says Muttiah Muralitharan

Spin great Muttiah Muralitharan told Sri Lanka to bat first against South Africa and not obsess over the destructive batting power of AB de Villiers in Wednesday’s World Cup quarter-final.

Muralitharan, a veteran of Sri Lanka’s defeated sides in the 2007 and 2011 finals, believes all the pressure will be on the team batting second at the Sydney Cricket Ground and that Angelo Mathews’s men can capitalise on South Africa’s poor record when chasing.
“I have two messages, win the toss and do not get too hung up thinking about AB de Villiers,” the off-spin great wrote in latest ICC column.
“The side batting first in one-day internationals at the Sydney Cricket Ground wins 58 per cent of the time according to the statistics but, in the pressure of a knock-out match as this one is, I reckon the advantage of runs on the board counts for even more than that figure suggests.”

South Africa’s four group game victories all came batting first, piling up 411 against Ireland, 408 facing the West Indies, 341 to beat the UAE and 339 in the win against Zimbabwe.
But batting second, de Villiers’s team made just 177 chasing India’s 307 and a disappointing 202 in pursuit of Pakistan’s modest 222.

“A total in excess of 300 batting first means the side needing to get those runs has to go at a run a ball from the outset and, if wickets go down and the run-rate increases, and in the knowledge of it being a win or bust encounter, batsmen’s brains can get scrambled very easily,” added Muralitharan.
“South Africa have a reputation for buckling at the business end of major tournaments. Sri Lanka have no such hang-up having won the World Twenty20 last year and reaching the World Cup final in each of the past two editions.”
Muralitharan advised Sri Lanka not to get distracted by de Villiers who has made 417 runs at the tournament with his best score a blistering 162 not out against the West Indies at the same SCG where Wednesday’s quarter-final will take place.
Instead, Sri Lanka have their own game-changers in Kumar Sangakkara, the leading run-maker with 496 and four successive centuries, as well as Tillakaratne Dilshan on 395 runs and boasting a best of 161 undefeated against Bangladesh.

“Sri Lanka need to focus on getting de Villiers in as quickly as possible. If he comes in with a platform laid, wickets in hand and the field spread then that is a licence for mayhem, especially against a Sri Lanka attack that has struggled to contain opponents throughout this World Cup.
“But if de Villiers comes in at 80-3, especially in a big chase, then that could be a different story entirely.” He added: “If I was in charge of the Sri Lanka team meeting then that would be a major theme of mine: forget how much they can hurt us with the bat; we can hurt them just as much, or even more.”


Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 1st Quarter-Final, ICC World Cup 2015

All eyes will be on Kumar Sangakkara when Sri Lanka face South Africa in the quarter-finals of ICC World Cup 2015 here at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) tomorrow (March 18, Wednesday).
Sangakkara has been in great batting form, constructing four hundreds on the trot, a record in the history of One Day Internationals
Now, the 37-year-old will be hoping to go further and make it five in five in his final World Cup. If he does that, he will match batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup record of most number of hundreds – 6. So far, Sangakkara has 5 World Cup tons, joint second with Australia’s Ricky Ponting. Sangakkara has achieved this in 4 World Cups. Tendulkar played in a joint record of 6 World Cups from 1992 to 2011. South Africa captain AB de Villiers and his men will be working out plans to stop Sangakkara tomorrow. If he stays true to his form, the Proteas’ record of not winning a knockout game in World Cup ever will remain. When this World Cup started, many thought no batsman could come closer to Tendulkar’s mark of 6 hundreds. However, Sangakkara has proved it wrong. The wicketkeeper-batsman is also the first batsman in World Cup history to register 4 three-figure marks in a single tournament. Can he emulate Tendulkar on Wednesday?

Most World Cup hundreds 6 – Sachin Tendulkar (44 innings) 5 – Kumar Sangakkara (34), Ricky Ponting (42) 4 – AB de Villiers (21), Sourav Ganguly (21), Mark Waugh (22), Tillakaratne Dilshan (24), Mahela Jayawardene (33)


10 facts about India-Zimbabwe World Cup match in Auckland

The way India are playing at ICC World Cup 2015, they should comfortably defeat Zimbabwe in their final league match on Saturday (March 14, 6.30 AM IST). However, the African side cannot be taken lightly.

India have won every single game so far at World Cup, making it 5 in a row with a new record for the team in the tournament’s history.

Now, MS Dhoni and his men will be aiming to head into the knockouts with an all-win record. The setting for final league game against Zimbabwe is Auckland’s Eden Park. It will be a day/night encounter.

Here are 10 facts about the match
1. The two sides have met 8 times in World Cups. India hold 7-1 advantage. None of the current players have faced each other in a World Cup. The two teams have not faced off in this quadrennial tournament since 2003
2. India and Zimbabwe first met at a World Cup in 1983, on 11 June. India won that game
3. Current coach of India, Duncan Fletcher was the captain of Zimbabwe side when the teams played in 1983
4. Kapil Dev’s famous 175 in 1983 edition is the highest individual score between the sides in World Cup. For Zimbabwe, it is Kevin Curran with 73. Another centurion for India was Vinod Kambli in 1996
5. No Zimbabwe player has hit a World Cup century against India
6. Madan Lal and Javagal Srinath with 6 wickets each are the leading wicket-takers for India. Peter Rawson with 7 scalps is on top for the opposition
7. Kapil has most runs – 228 (4 innings) while for Zimbabwe it is Andy Flower with 161 (4 innings)
8. Most WC matches – 5 (Mohammad Azharuddin, Kapil Dev, Kris Srikkanth, Iain Butchart, Dave Houghton, Andy Pycroft, John Traicos)
9. Highest score for India – 266/8 in 1983. Zimbabwe 252/9 in 1999 10. Overall in ODIs, India and Zimbabwe have met 57 times with the former winning 44 and losing
10. Two matches were tied and one no result

John Mooney’s sole focus is on beating Pakistan

Ireland’s pacer John Mooney on Thursday said he is not influenced by a Zimbabwean daily paper article that his nation’s cricket board has pummeled as a “horrible individual assault” on him, and that he is concentrating on his group’s must-win World Cup Pool B challenge against Pakistan.

World Cup Special Published in the Zimbabwe Herald, the culpable article made an association between Mooney’s fight with discouragement and his genuineness more than a hostile limit line get he took in Ireland’s limited win over Zimbabwe last Saturday, reports

A year ago, Mooney talked transparently about his maladjustment in an offer to bring issues to light about the issue among different cricketers. Mooney posted a remark on his Facebook page that the article “implies literally nothing to me”.

“Much thanks to you again for all your bolster, that man’s article implies literally nothing to me. My just concern is beating Pakistan on Sunday,” he said.

Mooney has played each of the five of Ireland’s matches at this World Cup to help them move to the edge of a compartment in the quarter-finals. Triumph over Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday would see the Irish meet all requirements for the quarter-finals shockingly, while a misfortune will probably see them complete fifth in Pool B and miss the knockout stages.

“We have some great time to get prepared for what will be the greatest amusement ever. Trust me; we are all so pumped for this present it will be awesome in any case,” Mooney composed. On Tuesday, Cricket Ireland said they were considering “conceivable activity” over the Zimbabwe Heralds tory and had reached the International Cricket Council (ICC) around a conceivable blueprint.

Zimbabwe’s stand-in chief Brendan Taylor issued an expression of remorse to Mooney for his group. Mooney expressed gratitude toward the African outfit for its signal. “The previous evening I messaged Brendan Taylor to say thanks to him and his group for their conciliatory sentiment. They are incredible blokes and they didn’t need to do that, on the grounds that I know the man who composed that article does not speak to their group,” Mooney’s post read. He, in any case, was concerned writer Robson Sharuko’s article would hinder different sufferers from discussing their maladjustment.

“The principle thing that gets to me about his article is that it may keep someone from getting the help they require later on,” he said. “The reason I addresses the press about my battles was to advance psychological wellness issues. Utilizing the truth I’m a sportsman to achieve individuals who feel they can’t tell individuals their issues.” The 33-year-old Mooney said he was diminished in the wake of uncovering reality. “Give me a chance to simply say the day I told individuals my issues I felt a colossal murmur of help. I don’t need individuals to see this unpleasant article and say ‘goodness I’m not telling anybody, individuals will slag me off, or my name will be discolored’.” “Individuals will help you, individuals who you wouldn’t dare hoping anymore provide for you quality. Life will show signs of improvement not more awful,” he said. “I truly needed to get past this competition without composing anything on emotional well-being as I’ve been so centered around my cricket, however sadly I’ve needed to do this short piece.”


Adam Gilchrist praises Sangakkara with hilarious tweet

Former Australian batting star Adam Gilchrist recognized wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara’s record-breaking One-Day International (ODI) cricket deeds with a hilarious tweet.

On Wednesday, the Sri Lankan legend turned into the first batsman to record four successive hundreds in One-Day International (ODI) cricket with a 124-run thump against Scotland in a World Cup coordinate in Hobart.

Later amid Scotland’s pursuit, Sangakkara turned into the first man to impact 500 ODI releases. He likewise passed Gilchrist’s record of 52 World Cup dismissals. After Sangakkara’s points of interest, the Aussie praised the World Cup’s top scorer, yet in a clever manner. “I scored 4 100’s consecutively once…shame it was on the golf course! Congratulations on 500+ WC record and runs,runs,runs #legend,” Gilchrist composed on Twitter. The 37-year-old Sangakkara likewise turned into the first batsman to score four centuries in a World Cup and ODI competition. Sangakkara crushed 124 against Scotland in Hobart taking after prior scores of 105 not out against Bangladesh, 117 not out against England and 104 against Australia. Before the end of the match, he had taken 41 gets and made 13 stumpings in World Cups. Gilchrist had 45 gets and seven stumpings in 31 World Cup matches (Sangakkara was playing his 36th). Left-hander Sangakkara is likewise the main run scorer in the continuous super occasion with 496 runs in only six amusements with a stunning normal of 124. This World Cup will be the last ODI task for Sangakkara.


Media barred from Indian team’s hotel at World Cup

The just-elected office bearers of the BCCI might have shown some interest in improving its relationship with the media, but the Indian cricket team management continued to keep its distance from the touring national media contingent with members of the fourth estate being banned from entering the hotel premises, here today.

While in places like Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Hamilton, media people did have access to the hotel lobby, the authorities of the ‘Heritage Hotel’ here are very strict about even letting media people be within 100 metres of the premises.

It is not known whether the authorities are issuing a diktat by the Indian team management, which is known to keep the media at arm’s length, but there was an altercation between reporters of some electronic channels today when they were filming the proceedings of movements in the hotel from across the road. It was learnt that some of the security staff of the hotel came and told them to move from the area even though the public road or footpath is not under their jurisdiction. Even as some of the media people wanted to have refreshments at the hotel’s coffee shop, they were told that if they are not staying in the hotel in no uncertain terms they won’t be allowed inside. Since the relation between players and media had hit nadir during the current World Cup, it is absolutely possible that players and the support staff have told the hotel members to bar the media as some of the channels have been doing a paparazzi on the cricketers following them from sea beach to salon.


World Cup: Kumar Sangakkara creates history with 4th successive century

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara created One Day International cricket history today at the Bellerive Oval during their ICC World Cup 2015 Pool A match against Scotland.

In the history of 3,631 ODIs before today, no batsman had scored 4 successive centuries. But on Wednesday, Sangakkara became the first ever batsman to achieve the feat. He brought up the historic ton, in 86 balls, with a couple on the last ball of the 34th over by Kyle Coetzer. This was Sangakkara’s 25th ODI ton in 403rd match.

Going into the match with three consecutive tons at World Cup, which is also a new record, Sangakkara continued his dream run with the willow. Sangakkara’s four hundreds in World Cup so far are – 105 not out Vs Bangladesh, 117 not out Vs England, 104 Vs Australia and 124 today.

Previously there have been batsmen registering three-figures scores in 3 innings in a row. But never 4 in 4. Opting to bat first after having won the toss, Sri Lanka were put on track for a big total by the 37-year-old Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who also hit a hundred.

Playing in his final World Cup, Sangakkara has decided to bow out on a high. His batting exploits in the tournament have been outstanding. He is also the first batsman to hit 4 centuries in a single World Cup. He now has overall 5 tons in World Cups, joint second with Ricky Ponting (Australia). Sachin Tendulkar has most World Cup centuries with 6.


Sachin Tendulkar Letter Rescues Die-hard Team India Fan in New Zealand

His batting was similar to enchantment for Team India. Presently his pen is just as doing marvels. Ask Sudhir Gautam, one of India’s most remarkable cricket fans, whose body painted in the tricolor makes him emerge among a huge number of Tendulkar fans. In Auckland on Sunday, Sudhir was in earnest straits with New Zealand Customs authorities when a letter from the Little Master spared him.

Sudhir had his offer of issues in Perth also.

WACA authorities were not very content about the length of the flagpole that the Bihar-conceived was conveying. He even had an expansion that would fit into the two-meter post to make it longer.

New Zealand have one of the hardest migration rules in the World. Indeed Harbhajan Singh was not spared when the Kiwi authorities discovered mud in his spikes. Stringent principles restrict “entrance” of natural products, eatables, fluid, soil of mud that may contain natural substances. “Colourful” Sudhir was carrying only one too much “banned” substances.

Customs officials confiscated the bottles of color that Sudhir was carrying. As indicated by a report in the India Today site, Sudhir was asked to pay a weighty fine (more or less Rs 65000) for disregarding law. It was then that Sudhir, on his maiden trip Down Under, utilized his trump card – a letter from Sachin.

“I was shell-stunned. I begged them that I didn’t have that much cash,” said Sudhir. “I let them know that I am a fanatic of Team India who paints himself in the national colours and goes all over the place. The authorities said they saw all that however standards were principles and they were intended to be taken after. They let me know that I had transgressed against the law and I needed to pay up?

“It was then that I showed them the letter that ‘Sachin Sir’ wrote to me. I show that letter to the international safe havens at whatever point I seek a visa. It worked like magic. They took a gander at me again and said, ‘alright, proceed’. It was such an alleviation,” said Sudhir.

For Sudhir, the World Cup has genuinely been an expectation to learn and adapt.