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Record holder players in 2011 ICC Cricket World cup

by on February 17, 2011
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One Day International Cricket is thrilling and interesting. With the world cup 2011 just round the corner, some interesting facts and figures have grabbed my attention. While going through the list of bowlers and batsmen who have been the most successful in their fields in ODI cricket, I started noting the players who are amongst the chart toppers, and are playing in the 10th world cup cricket 2011. Looking at the figures and record lists closely, one can easily predict the probable finalists of ICC cricket World Cup 2011.

Most wickets in cricket career-Bowling Records ODI: Muralitharan has taken 519 wickets for Sri lanka so far. He is the top ranked bowler in the world as far as career wicket taking record is concerned. Waseem Akram, Waqar Younis, Chaminda Vaas, Shaun Pollock, Glenn McGrath and Anil Kumble are next in line but none of these brilliant bowlers is playing now. The 8th highest wicket taker in ODI, Brett Lee from Australia has taken 335 wickets so far. Next in line are Sanath Jayasuriya, Juvagal Srinath and Shane Warne all three of them retired now. The 12th most successful bowler in ODI cricket is Shahid Afridi, the Pakistani captain in cricket world cup 2011. Saqlain Mustaq and Agarkar are next in line who are retired now, while the 15th highest wicket taker in ODI cricket is Daniel Vettori, representing New Zealand. After A Donald and Ntini from South Africa, we have Abdul Razzaq from Pakistan cricket team as most successful bowler ever. He is the 18th highest wicket taker in ODI in the world. Abdul Razzaq has taken 262 wickets. Following him closely is the 19th highest wicket taker in ODI cricket, J Kallis from South Africa. Kallis has taken 259 wickets so far.  Great all rounder and the world cup winning captain Kapil Dev is the 20th most successful bowler in ODI to date.

Most runs in cricket career-Batting Records ODI: Sachin Tendulkar tops the chart with 17629 runs so far. He is very much there in the Indian squad. Jayasuriya is second on this list of highest run scorers in Cricket ODI but he is not playing in this world cup. Ricky Ponting is on the list with 13082 runs in his career so far, making him the third highest run scorer in ODI cricket history ever. Inzimam ul Haq and Saurav Ganguly are next in line, both retired from cricket now. J Kallis from South Africa has scored 11002 runs so far and he is the 6th highest run scorer in ODI cricket. Rahul Dravid, Brain Lara, Mohammad Yousuf, Adam Gilchrist, Muhammad Azharuddin, and Aravinda De silva are next in line. D Jayawardene is 13th on the list of highest run scorers in the ODI cricket with 9119 runs on the board. Saeed Anwer from Pakistan is 14th on the list of highest run scorer in career in the ODI cricket. On 15th number we have Kumar Sangakkara of Sri lanka with 8699 runs.  S Chanderpaul from West Indies is 16th on the list with 8664 runs. Desmond Haynes, Atapattu, Mark Waugh and H Gibbs are the next in line constituting the top 20 run scorers in the ODI cricket.

Now looking at the players who are amongst the top 20 bowlers or batsmen ever in the cricket ODI history, Sri lanka has the most experienced highly skilled batsmen and bowler. 3 best ever cricketers (Jayawardene, Sangakkara and Muralitharan) amongst the top few are in this list. Sri lanka thus stands a great chance this time around. Second in line is Australia, with one all time great batsman and one all time great bowler in the squad (Ponting and Lee). Pakistan can be considered as the third best team to be there in the final match. The Pakistani squad includes two all time best bowlers (Afridi and Razzaq).  South Africa is next in line with J Kallis being the only player appearing in both the lists. Kallis is undoubtedly one of the best all rounder ODI cricket has ever produced. Sachin Tendulkar brings hope to India. Looking at the current form of Indian cricket team, they stand a good chance. West Indies and New Zealand have one great player each (Chander Paul and Daniel Vettori) but lack of consistency in the team’s recent performance shows these teams have lesser chances to reach the finals. So the stats show that it will be any two amongst Sri lanka, Pakistan, Australia and India who will be playing the Cricket world cup 2011 final on 2nd of April 2011 in Mumbai, India.

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