Top 10 Innings by Indian Batsmen in World Cups

    India have won the world cup twice; in 1983 and in 2011, have become the runners-up in 2003 and made it to the semi-finals in 1987, 1996 and 2015. All these feats were achieved thanks to some magnificent stroke play and struggle of few great batsmen. Here is an account of the best ten innings by Indian batsmen in World Cups.

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    11Sachin Tendulkar’s 152 in 2003

    Adding to his previous streak of magnificent tons in world cups, Sachin hit this blistering 152 against the underdogs Namibia at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. This was his highest score and 4th century in world cups equaling Mark Waugh’s record.

    India’s first two matches in the world cup was a disaster with a mediocre performance against Holland and a 9 wicket defeat against the Aussies. This caused a huge uproar back home and the BCCI and the players were under immense pressure to deliver results. With this pressure, India defeated Zimbabwe and went into the game against Namibia without the slightest hint of complacency about the world cup debutants. Sachin who rose up whenever the team was under pressure, did the same this time and proved his worth. Starting off with Sehwag who scored 24 to build a solid opening stand, Sachin partnered with Ganguly to add 244 runs for the second wicket. It was a treat to watch Sachin hammering boundary after boundary effortlessly in emphatic style. The world cup debutants were too humbled by this maestro and were scratching heads to figure a way out. He scored 18 boundaries in this innings with elegant drives, mighty slogs, and cheeky paddle sweeps.

    This innings made Sachin the leading run scorer of the 2003 world cup and helped India win by a margin of 181 runs, the 5th highest in world cup history. Also, it was his 34th ODI century, extending the record for most number of centuries.

     
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    1. Nothing below 175 is worth mentioning. They are all just simple centuries not great hits. So all of tendulkar and Rohit sharma and gambhir should be out of this list. Anybody can write any shit and TOi will publish it. Today I shat a turd that was 3 ft long TOi that is a record please publish it

    2. Looks like writer has not considered psychological pressure situations like significance of matches and situation in matches, strength of opponent team and it’s bowing attack. Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 while chasing in a world cup final against Srilanka with bowlers of caliber like Murali and Malinga should top the list while the innings of Sachin against Namibia and Veeru against Bermuda need not be in the list.

    3. Sachin’s innings of 98 against Pak in 2003 world cup…Yuvraj’s innings against Aug in 2011 world cup semifinal…No mention of Yuvraj in this list when because of him,we won two worldcups -2011 and 2007 T20 .

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