Rohit Sharma finishes with most runs in World Cup 2019

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rohit Sharma scored 648 runs in the World Cup 2019
  • Sachin Tendulkar holds the all-time record with 673 runs scored during the 2003 edition
  • David Warner fell short of Sharma’s tally by just one run

There was something to cheer for Indian cricket fans on Sunday despite the two-time champions not featuring in the Cricket World Cup 2019 final as India vice-captain Rohit Sharma ended the tournament as the highest run-scorer.

Rohit Sharma hit a purple patch in the World Cup 2019 scoring 648 runs in 9 games at an average of 81.00 with five hundreds and a half-century. During the tournament, he became the first batsman in World Cup history to score five centuries in a single edition.

The number of runs scored by Rohit though was still not enough to break Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup record for the most runs scored by a batsman in a single edition after he got out for 1 in the first semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday.

Rohit needed just 27 runs to overhaul Tendulkar’s tally of 673 runs before the match against New Zealand but the Hitman’s rare failure in that match meant the record will stand for at least four more years before somebody else has a go at it in the next World Cup in 2023.

This is the third time an Indian batsman has ended up as the highest run-scorer in World Cup after Tendulkar, who managed to top the run charts in 1996 and 2003.

Rohit’s tally of 648 is the third highest by a batsman in a single edition after Tendulkar (673) and former Australia opener Matthew Hayden, who had amassed 659 runs in the 2007 World Cup which they ultimately went on to win in the West Indies.

Australia opener David Warner ended up one run short of Rohit’s tally with 647 in 10 matches at 71.88 with three hundreds and three fifties. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was third on the list with 606 runs in 8 games at 86.57 with two centuries and five fifties.

England’s Joe Root and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson were the only two batsmen who had a realistic chance of overhauling Rohit’s tally but they both got out cheaply on Sunday.

Root, who needed exactly 100 runs in the final to become the leading run-scorer, ended up with 556 runs in 11 games at 68.62 with two hundreds and three half-centuries.

Williamson, on the other hand, amassed 578 runs in 10 matches at 96.33 including two centuries and two fifties. Williamson got out for 30 in the final, falling to Liam Plunkett in the 23rd over, thus, breaking the record for the most number of runs scored by a captain in a single edition of the tournament.

Williamson broke former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene’s record of 548 runs scored during the 2007 World Cup. Williamson and Jayawardene are followed by Ricky Ponting (539 runs in 2007), Aaron Finch (507 runs 2019) and AB de Villiers (482 runs in 2015).


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