Top 4 batting performance in World Cup.
The cricket World Cup has a 36-year long history; divided over 10 events, which have produced greatness in all aspects of the game. The world has witnessed several masterpieces with the bat and to filter down to the ten best knocks ever played during the World Cup is a tough ask.
4. Ricky Ponting 140* against India in 2003 world cup final.
Just when entire India started believing that Sourav Ganguly's men might just pull off a miracle, Ricky Ponting played a masterpiece in 2003 world cup trashing the dreams of every Indian.
Punter punished all the Indian bowlers and his array of strokes sent the ball packing to each and every corner of the Wanderers stadium, scoring a fluent unbeaten 140 off 121 balls hitting 8 sixes and 4 boundaries. It took Australia to a score of 359/2 in their 50 overs which India never looked to be able to topple.
3. Kapil Dev 175* against Zimbabwe in 1983 world cup.
Indian cricket history's most celebrated knocks came from Kapil Dev. India were tottering at 17/5 in a must win match against the minnows Zimbabwe.
Hitting at will as if he had an appointment at the other end of the world, Kapil forged a then record 126-run 9th wicket partnership with Syed Kirmani to take India to a total of 266 in 60 overs. India eventually won the match by 31 runs.
But unfortunately due to a BBC strike, not many managed to catch a glimpse of Kapil Dev's blistering epic.
2. Viv Richards 138* against England in 1979 world cup finals.
International cricket's ultimate destroyer played one of the most terrific innings of his career in the 1979 World Cup final.
West Indies were in a spot of bother at 99/4, Viv let youngster Collis King take the center stage and kept playing the second fiddle. Once King got out, he ensured that the defending champions got a big total on the board and ended the innings in style by hitting a six of the last ball and remaining unbeaten on 138.
1. Sachin Tendulkar 98 against Pakistan in 2003 world cup.
He has scored 6 World Cup centuries, but 'this' was something special. Batting against an attack that boasted names like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar, Sachin, it seemed, was on a different plane. At a pedestal higher than the lesser mortals.
Cutting, pulling, flicking and driving with the ease of a poet at his imaginative best, Sachin it seemed was making an offering to the Gods of batting. Cramps threw spanner on his good work, but by the time he departed 2 runs short of his century, Pakistan were already knocked out of the contest.