World Cup Bests
Over the years, batsmen, bowlers, wicket-keepers and fielders have all performed at the highest level and some of them have done it better than the rest.
<b>World Cup Bests</b><br><br> The World Cup gives an opportunity to cricketers to prove their mettle at the highest level. It is the trophy which matters the most and hence players try to excel in all departments of the game to come up trumps.<br><br> Over the years, batsmen, bowlers, wicket-keepers and fielders have all performed at the highest level and some of them have done it better than the rest.<br><br> CricketNDTV.com takes a look at the leaders amongst them all.
<b>Most Runs: Sachin Tendulkar - 1796 runs</b><br><br> The Little Master has been the most prolific run-getter in the showpiece event, leading the field with 1796 runs to his name in 5 tournaments so far. He has a staggering average of 57.93 to go with it.
<b>Most Wickets: Glenn McGrath - 71 wickets</b><br><br> The Aussie paceman has produced several menacing spells to climb to the top of the tree amongst wicket-takers in the World Cup. His 71 wickets in 39 matches have come at an outstanding average of 18.19 and at a miserly economy rate of 3.96 runs per over.
<b>Most Hundreds: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting - 4 hundreds each</b><br><br> The four batsmen are tied for the top spot with 4 tons to each of their names. Ganguly though has achieved the feat in the least number of matches (21).
<b>Highest Individual score: Gary Kirsten - 188 not out</b><br><br> The South African opener and now Team India coach played the mammoth knock against minnows and newcomers UAE at Rawalpindi during a group match in the 1996 World Cup.<br><br> His knock was studded with 13 boundaries and 4 maximums and came in 159 balls.
<b>Highest Partnership: Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid - 318 runs</b><br><br> The young Indian duo was at its best against the Sri Lankans as they tore apart the bowling attack to post a record-breaking 2nd-wicket partnership at Taunton. While Ganguly (183) was the aggressor, Dravid (145) played the role of the second fiddle with elan.
<b>Best Bowling: Glenn McGrath - 7/15</b><br><br> Pigeon was at his best against the hapless Namibian batting line-up as he ripped them apart with his incisive and accurate bowling during the victorious 2003 campaign.
<b>Most dismissals for a wicket-keeper: Adam Gilchrist - 52</b><br><br> The Australian legend participated in three World Cups (1999-2007) and is the most successful keeper with 45 catches and 7 stumpings to his name in 39 matches.
<b>Most catches by a fielder: Ricky Ponting - 25</b><br><br> The Australian skipper is one of the best fielders of all time and he leads the pack with 25 catches.
<b>Most wins as a captain: Ricky Ponting - 22</b><br><br> Ricky Ponting led the Australians to two World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007 and in both the tournaments the Aussies were crowned unbeaten champions.