Glenn McGrath’s 26 wickets in ICC World Cup cricket 2007 is one short of the all-time ODI series record © Getty Images
Glenn McGrath’s 26 wickets in ICC World Cup cricket 2007 is one short of the all-time ODI series record © Getty Images

Few teams have dominated a single World Cup edition the way Australia had in ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. They had won 11 matches on the trot to lift ICC World Cup 2003, but this time each and every match was one-sided. The only team to put up something remotely close to a fight was England, who were bowled out for 247 before holding back Australia till 47.2 overs. Unfortunately, the world champions lost only three wickets, but at least they had only 16 balls to spare.

Most runs? Matthew Hayden. Highest batting average? Michael Clarke. Most hundreds? Matthew Hayden. Most wickets? Glenn McGrath. Best bowling average? Glenn McGrath. Best bowling strike rate? Glenn McGrath. Most dismissals? Adam Gilchrist. Highest partnership? Michael Clarke and Brad Hodge. You name it, you have it. It was Australia all over.

The other team to put up anything close to a competitive show on the charts was Sri Lanka, but the chasm between Australia and them was so gargantuan that their existence was almost unnoticeable. Even then, men who mattered, like Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Lasith Malinga, did well.

Batting records

Hayden scored 659 runs in the tournament at 73 and a strike rate of 101. He could not go past Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup record of 673, but his average and strike rate were both better than Tendulkar’s 61 and 89. Ricky Ponting makes his presence at three, while the other semi-finalists — Sri Lanka, South Africa, and New Zealand — have a representative each.

 Most Runs M I NO R BF HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Matthew Hayden 11 10 1 659 652 158 73.22 101.1 3 1
Mahela Jayawardene 11 11 2 548 644 115* 60.89 85.1 1 4
Ricky Ponting 11 9 1 539 565 113 67.38 95.4 1 4
Scott Styris 10 9 3 499 598 111* 83.17 83.4 1 4
Jacques Kallis 10 9 3 485 578 128* 80.83 83.9 1 3

Runs were scored so heavily in the tournament that Hayden’s 73 does not make it to the top five; both Ponting and Gilchrist are out of top five as well. However, Clarke and Brad Hodge make the cut, while Steve Tikolo makes an impressive appearance.

Highest batting averages (150 or more runs)

M I NO R BF HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Matthew Hayden 11 10 1 659 652 158 73.22 101.1 3 1
Mahela Jayawardene 11 11 2 548 644 115* 60.89 85.1 1 4
Ricky Ponting 11 9 1 539 565 113 67.38 95.4 1 4
Scott Styris 10 9 3 499 598 111* 83.17 83.4 1 4
Jacques Kallis 10 9 3 485 578 128* 80.83 83.9 1 3

Hodge played a mere five matches and batted only twice, but his 152 included a hundred, and were scored from a mere 117 balls. Thanks to their solitary hundreds, Virender Sehwag and Imran Nazir find places, while Mark Boucher’s strike rate of 137 came over seven innings.

 Highest strike rates (150 or more runs)

M I NO R BF HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Mark Boucher 10 7 1 177 129 75* 29.50 137.2 2
Brad Hodge 5 2 152 117 123 76.00 129.9 1
Virender Sehwag 3 3 164 139 114 54.67 118.0 1
Imran Nazir 3 3 190 175 160 63.33 108.6 1
Graeme Smith 10 10 1 443 424 91 49.22 104.5 5

ICC cricket World Cup 2007 saw 20 hundreds, one less than the 2003 counterpart. Hayden scored three of these (thus emulating Mark Waugh, 1996 and Sourav Ganguly, 2003), while Kevin Pietersen and Sanath Jayasuriya two each. Nazir (160) was the only one to beat Hayden’s 158, and these two were the only scores in excess of 150. However, few would deny that Gilchrist’s 149 in the final beat both 150s in terms of both quality and impact.

 Hundreds Score Against Venue
Imran Nazir 160 Zimbabwe Sabina Park
Matthew Hayden 158 West Indies North Sound
Adam Gilchrist 149 Sri Lanka Kensington Oval
AB de Villiers 146 West Indies St George’s
Jacques Kallis 128* Netherlands Basseterre
Brad Hodge 123 Netherlands Basseterre
Jeremy Bray 115* Zimbabwe Sabina Park
Mahela Jayawardene 115* New Zealand Sabina Park
Sanath Jayasuriya 115 West Indies Providence
Virender Sehwag 114 Bermuda Queen’s Park Oval
Ricky Ponting 113 Scotland Basseterre
Scott Styris 111* Sri Lanka St George’s
Sanath Jayasuriya 109 Bangladesh Queen’s Park Oval
Kevin Pietersen 104 Australia North Sound
Matthew Hayden 103 New Zealand St George’s
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 102* Ireland Sabina Park
Stephen Fleming 102* Bangladesh North Sound
Lou Vincent 101 Canada Gros Islet
Matthew Hayden 101 West Indies Basseterre
Kevin Pietersen 100 Netherlands Kensington Oval

Bowling records

McGrath fell one short of his own One-Day International (ODI) tally of 27 wickets (also from 11 matches) in the 1998-99 Carlton & United Series. Not only did McGrath set a new World Cup record, but the earlier record (Chaminda Vaas’ 23 in ICC cricket World Cup 2003) was equalled by both Murali and Shaun Tait (23 each).

 Most wickets B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Glenn McGrath 485 357 26 3/14 13.73 18.7 4.42
Muttiah Muralitharan 508 351 23 4/19 15.26 22.1 4.15
Shaun Tait 507 467 23 4/39 20.30 22.0 5.53
Brad Hogg 497 332 21 4/27 15.81 23.7 4.01
Lasith Malinga 350 284 18 4/54 15.78 19.4 4.87

McGrath topped the averages chart, as expected, while Murali came second. Though Murali (from 508 balls) and Tait (from 507 balls) claimed 23 wickets each, Tait went for 4.87 compared to Murali’s 4.15. This knocked Tait out of the top five. While Brad Hogg and Malinga stayed back from the wickets chart, Nathan Bracken (economy rate 3.60) found no difficulty in breaking through.

Best averages (10 or more wickets)

B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Glenn McGrath 485 357 26 3/14 13.73 18.7 4.42
Muttiah Muralitharan 508 351 23 4/19 15.26 22.1 4.15
Lasith Malinga 350 284 18 4/54 15.78 19.4 4.87
Brad Hogg 497 332 21 4/27 15.81 23.7 4.01
Nathan Bracken 430 258 16 4/19 16.13 26.9 3.60

The strike rates top five — McGrath, Malinga, Murali, Tait, and Hogg — were the same as the wickets chart, albeit in a different order.

 Best strike rates (10 or more wickets)

B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Glenn McGrath 485 357 26 3/14 13.73 18.7 4.42
Lasith Malinga 350 284 18 4/54 15.78 19.4 4.87
Shaun Tait 507 467 23 4/39 20.30 22.0 5.53
Muttiah Muralitharan 508 351 23 4/19 15.26 22.1 4.15
Brad Hogg 497 332 21 4/27 15.81 23.7 4.01

Shane Bond, in his last hurrah at the biggest stage, finished with 13 wickets, an average of 16, and an economy of 3.06; Shaun Pollock did not take a lot of wickets, but his miserly numbers (3.52) showed his class; and Rao Iftikhar Anjum’s five wickets from 15 and an economy rate of 3.65 went in vain.

Best economy rates (100 or more balls)

B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Shane Bond 418 213 13 3/31 16.38 32.2 3.06
Umar Gul 138 72 4 2/10 18.00 34.5 3.13
Shaun Pollock 504 296 8 2/17 37.00 63.0 3.52
Nathan Bracken 430 258 16 4/19 16.13 26.9 3.60
Iftikhar Anjum 120 73 5 3/44 14.60 24.0 3.65

All three five-wicket hauls in ICC cricket World Cup went to South Africans in a stark resemblance to World Cup 1975, when all three five-wicket hauls had gone to Australians. Despite that (and Pollock’s performance) they could not put up anything spectacular.

 Five-wicket hauls Figures Against Venue
Andrew Hall 5/18 England Kensington Oval
Charl Langeveldt 5/39 Sri Lanka Providence
Andre Nel 5/45 Bangladesh Providence

The only hat-trick of ICC cricket World Cup 2007 was a spectacular one. With the wickets of Pollock, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis, and Makhaya Ntini, Malinga became the first bowler — and remains the only one — to take four wickets in four balls in international cricket.

 Hat-tricks Against Venue Batsmen How out
Lasith Malinga South Africa Providence Shaun Pollock bowled
Andrew Hall caught Upul Tharanga
Jacques Kallis caught Kumar Sangakkara
Makhaya Ntini bowled

Fielding and wicket-keeping

Gilchrist could not level his World Cup record of 21 from 2003, but he still led the chart with 17. He also equalled Kiran More’s record of five stumpings in the same World Cup edition.

Most dismissals as wicket-keeper

M C S D D/M
Adam Gilchrist 11 12 5 17 1.55
Kumar Sangakkara 11 11 4 15 1.36
Brendon McCullum 10 13 1 14 1.40
Denesh Ramdin 9 13 13 1.44
Paul Nixon 9 7 2 9 1.00
Niall O’Brien 9 9 9 1.00
Mark Boucher 10 9 9 0.90

Two men — Paul Collingwood and Graeme Smith — claimed eight catches each, but neither reached the final. In fact, England did not even make it to the top four, which makes Collingwood’s achievement even more special.

Most catches as fielder

M C C/M
Paul Collingwood 9 8 0.89
Graeme Smith 10 8 0.80
Eoin Morgan 9 7 0.78
Herschelle Gibbs 10 7 0.70
Matthew Hayden 11 7 0.64
Ricky Ponting 11 7 0.64

Record partnerships

Ganguly and Sehwag had added 202 against Bermuda, but Clarke and Hodge went a step ahead, adding 204 against Netherlands. Interesting contributions came from Paul Nixon, who was a part of both the highest seventh (with Ravi Bopara) and eighth (with Liam Plunkett) partnerships of the tournament.

Highest partnerships

Wicket Runs Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Against Venue
1 172 Adam Gilchrist Matthew Hayden Sri Lanka Kensington Oval
2 202 Sourav Ganguly Virender Sehwag Bermuda Queen’s Park Oval
3 183 Sanath Jayasuriya Mahela Jayawardene West Indies Providence
4 204 Michael Clarke Brad Hodge Netherlands Basseterre
5 138* Scott Styris Jacob Oram England Gros Islet
6 97 Tillakaratne Dilshan Russel Arnold South Africa Providence
7 87 Ravi Bopara Paul Nixon Sri Lanka North Sound
8 71* Paul Nixon Liam Plunkett New Zealand Gros Islet
9 44 David Hemp Dwayne Leverock India Queen’s Park Oval
10 59 James Franklin Jeetan Patel Sri Lanka Sabina Park

Team aggregates

India managed to break the 400-run barrier in World Cup cricket against Bermuda, but that remained their only victory. There have been several other scores in excess of 350, but perhaps the strangest high score was Pakistan’s 349: it remains the highest all-out score in ODI history.

Highest team scores

Team Score Against Venue
India 413/5 (50) Bermuda Queen’s Park Oval
Australia 377/6 (50) South Africa Basseterre
New Zealand 363/5 (50) Canada Gros Islet
Australia 358/5 (50) Netherlands Basseterre
South Africa 356/4 (50) West Indies St George’s

Canada played in the tournament, and for the first time they avoided being bowled out for below 50 (in fact, their lowest score in the tournament was 199 against Kenya after they crossed 200 against both New Zealand and England).

Lowest team scores

Team Score Against Venue
Ireland 77 (27.4) Sri Lanka St George’s
Bermuda 78 (24.4) Sri Lanka Queen’s Park Oval
Ireland 91 (30) Australia Kensington Oval
Zimbabwe 99 (19.1) Pakistan Sabina Park
Bangladesh 112 (37) Sri Lanka Queen’s Park Oval

Biggest margins of victory

By runs: 257

India 413/5 (50) beat Bermuda 156 (43.1)

By wickets: 10

Bangladesh 104/6 (22) lost to Australia 106/0 (13.5)

By balls to spare: 240

Ireland 77 (27.4) lost to Sri Lanka 81/2 (10)

Smallest margins of victory

By runs: 2

Sri Lanka 235 (50) beat England 233/8 (50)

By wickets: 1

West Indies 300 (49.5) lost to England 301/9 (49.5)

Sri Lanka 209 (49.3) lost to South Africa 212/9 (48.3)

By balls to spare: 1

West Indies 300 (49.5) lost to England 301/9 (49.5)

Tie

Ireland 221/9 (50) tied with Zimbabwe 221 (50)

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