2019 Cricket World Cup Fun Facts
The 2019 Cricket World Cup is just a few weeks away. For fans and online sports betting enthusiasts, the upcoming tournament promises plenty of action and drama, both on and off the pitch. For those who want to keep up with the latest cricinfo and trivia, we thought we would bring you fun facts about the players and past World Cups.
The Opening Ceremony
If you didn’t already know, England will be hosting the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The opening ceremony will take place in London for the fourth time. The first 3 World Cups were all hosted and played in England, but they have never won. In 2015, Australia and New Zealand jointly hosted the Cup for the second time, the first being in 1992. Simultaneous opening ceremonies were held in Melbourne and Christchurch.
Which Team has Won the Most World Cups?
While England has hosted the tournament the most times, Australia is actually the most successful team. Australia has won an astounding 5 times out of the 11 they have played. No other team comes close to their record. The next teams in line are India and West Indies, with 2 wins apiece.
Who has Played the Most Cricket World Cups?
The 2019 event will mark the 12th running of the event. Surprisingly, there are two players who have played in 6 of the cups so far. The legendary Sachin Tendulkar appeared in the 1992 tournament then in 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011. Javed Miandad from Pakistan is the only other player to appear in 6 World Cups. To put this into perspective, there are at least 18 players to have played in 5 World Cups so far.
Oldest and Youngest Player
The oldest player who will be playing this year is Imran Tahir from Africa. He will be taking his spot as a veteran of 40 years and 64 days of age. In contrast, the youngest player will be Mujeeb Ur Rahman playing for Afghanistan. Mujeeb will be 18 years and 63 days old when represents his country for the first time.
Highest and Lowest Team Scores
The highest Cricket score was posted by Australia in 2015 when they played Afghanistan. They posted an impressive score of 417 runs in their 50 overs. The lowest team score at any World Cup was posted by Canada in 2003, when they played Sri Lanka. The Canadians managed a paltry 36 runs before being bowled out.
Who Has Scored the Most Centuries?
Overall, Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most centuries in World Cup games, with 6 in total. Coincidently he is also the player to have scored the most runs, with 2278. The most centuries struck at a single tournament was 4, courtesy of Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka, who achieved this astonishing feat in 2015. The Cricket score record for the most fifties in a single tournament goes to none other than Sachin Tendulkar with 7 fifties scored in the 2003 tournament.
Who Has Taken The Most Wickets?
The most successful bowler in Cricket World Cup history is Australia’s Glenn McGrath. Glen has taken 71 wickets in his combined World Cup games. He also happens to have the lowest economy rate, which is 18.19 runs scored off every 1000 balls bowled.
Who has Hit the Most Sixes?
The most sixes scored in the World Cup is 37, which is a record jointly held by Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers. The most sixes scored in a single innings is 16, which was set by Chris Gayle in the epic game between the West Indies and Zimbabwe in 2015.
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