Caption: With 362 runs at 91 and 15 wickets at 25, Yuvraj Singh’s 2011 exploits are matched by only Lance Klusener’s in 1999 © Getty Images
Caption: With 362 runs at 91 and 15 wickets at 25, Yuvraj Singh’s 2011 exploits are matched by only Lance Klusener’s in 1999 © Getty Images

The Australian juggernaut finally came to an end in ICC World Cup 2011 when Pakistan defeated them by four wickets at Premadasa. They were also beaten by India in the quarter-final: it was the first time since 1992 that they did not reach the top two, or even the top four, while India and Sri Lanka, runners-up in the previous two editions, thrived in familiar conditions.

As Australia plummeted for the first time in two decades, the others made hay: led by Yuvraj Singh (362 runs at 90.50, batting strike rate 86.2, one hundred, four fifties, 15 wickets at 25.13, economy rate 5.03, one five-wicket haul), India put up an exceptional team performance to clinch the title; Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Virat Kohli all scored hundreds, Zaheer Khan topped the wickets chart, and the rest of the team chipped in with crucial contributions.

The Sri Lankan big guns also fired, with Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, and Upul Tharanga all scoring runs, and Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga (including the customary hat-trick) featuring on the bowling charts consistently. The Associates fired well with the bat as well, with Ryan ten Doeschate scoring two hundreds, Paul Stirling one, and Kevin O’Brien registering the fastest World Cup hundred.

Openers were on a roll throughout the tournament: Dilshan and Tharanga put up two double-hundred partnerships (one of which resulted in a ten-wicket victory), while New Zealand won by ten wickets twice and Pakistan once. The Sri Lankan and Pakistani wins both came in quarter-finals. On the other hand, several pacers (Zaheer Khan, Dale Steyn, Tim Southee, Kemar Roach, Malinga, and Kyle Mills, to give a few examples) found help on subcontinent wickets that were expected to assist only spinners.

Batting records

Dilshan was the only batsman in the tournament to make it to the 500-run mark (he scored exactly 500, which was 18 more than Tendulkar’s tally and 35 more than Sangakkara’s). A surprise entry was Jonathan Trott’s: he finished fourth on the list with a tall of five fifties from seven innings.

 Most runs M I NO R BF HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Tillakaratne Dilshan 9 9 1 500 551 144 62.50 90.7 2 2
Sachin Tendulkar 9 9 482 524 120 53.56 92.0 2 2
Kumar Sangakkara 9 8 3 465 555 111 93.00 83.8 1 3
Jonathan Trott 7 7 422 522 92 60.29 80.8 5
Upul Tharanga 9 9 2 395 472 133 56.43 83.7 2 1

Despite Yuvraj’s phenomenal numbers, Sangakkara led the averages tally with 465 runs at 93. As expected, when One-Day International (ODI) numbers are considered, you cannot leave AB de Villiers out of the equation, while Asad Shafiq made an appearance to remind what he is capable.

Highest batting averages (150 or more runs)

M I NO R BF HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Kumar Sangakkara 9 8 3 465 555 111 93.00 83.8 1 3
Yuvraj Singh 9 8 4 362 420 113 90.50 86.2 1 4
AB de Villiers 5 5 1 353 326 134 88.25 108.3 2 1
Michael Clarke 7 6 3 233 256 93 77.67 91.0 2
Asad Shafiq 4 3 1 154 217 78* 77.00 71.0 1

Kieron Pollard biffed his way to a strike rate of 150, scoring 180 off a mere 120 balls in the tournament. O’Brien and Stirling made it to the top three as well, while the usual suspects, Sehwag and de Villiers, complete the top five.

Highest strike rates

M I NO R BF HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Kieron Pollard 7 6 180 120 94 30.00 150.0 2
Kevin O’Brien 6 6 1 198 158 113 39.60 125.3 1
Paul Stirling 6 6 157 128 101 26.17 122.7 1
Virender Sehwag 8 8 380 310 175 47.50 122.6 1 1
AB de Villiers 5 5 1 353 326 134 88.25 108.3 2 1

ICC cricket World Cup 2011 witnessed a whopping 24 hundreds, still a record for any ODI tournament. Tendulkar scored two of these, taking his World Cup tally to a record six; the others with hundreds each were Jayawardene, ten Doeschate, de Villiers, Dilshan, and Tharanga (do note the Lankan dominance).

 Hundreds Score Against Venue
Virender Sehwag 175 Bangladesh Mirpur
Andrew Strauss 158 India Chinnaswamy
Tillakaratne Dilshan 144 Zimbabwe Pallekele
AB de Villiers 134 Netherlands Mohali
Upul Tharanga 133 Zimbabwe Pallekele
Ross Taylor 131* Pakistan Pallekele
Sachin Tendulkar 120 England Chinnaswamy
Ryan ten Doeschate 119 England Nagpur
Kevin O’Brien 113 England Chinnaswamy
Hashim Amla 113 Netherlands Mohali
Yuvraj Singh 113 West Indies Chepauk
Sachin Tendulkar 111 South Africa Nagpur
Kumar Sangakkara 111 New Zealand Wankhede
Tillakaratne Dilshan 108* England Premadasa
AB de Villiers 107* West Indies Kotla
Devon Smith 107 Ireland Mohali
Ryan ten Doeschate 106 Ireland Eden Gardens
Ricky Ponting 104 India Motera
Mahela Jayawardene 103* India Wankhede
Upul Tharanga 102* England Premadasa
Brendon McCullum 101 Canada Wankhede
Paul Stirling 101 Netherlands Eden Gardens
Virat Kohli 100* Bangladesh Mirpur
Mahela Jayawardene 100 Canada Hambantota

Bowling records

Though the pacers met their presences felt, the wickets list was dominated by spinners. Zaheer and Shahid Afridi topped the list with 21 apiece, but the surprise entry had to be Robin Peterson’s: with 15 wickets at 16 apiece, he topped a South African attack that consisting of Steyn, Morne Morkel, and one of the surprises of the tournament — Imran Tahir.

 Most wickets B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Shahid Afridi 447 270 21 5/16 12.86 21.3 3.62 2
Zaheer Khan 489 394 21 3/20 18.76 23.3 4.83
Tim Southee 434 312 18 3/21 17.33 24.1 4.31
Robin Peterson 336 238 15 4/12 15.87 22.4 4.25
Muttiah Muralitharan 426 291 15 4/25 19.40 28.4 4.10
Yuvraj Singh 450 377 15 5/31 25.13 30.0 5.03 1

Though Peterson got a wicket more, Tahir, with 14 wickets at 11, had the best average, with Afridi (21 at 13) hot on his heels. Roach, equipped with a hat-trick, found himself up the list as well, and though South Africa did not make it to the semi-finals, Peterson and Steyn made the cut.

Best bowling averages

B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Imran Tahir 237 150 14 4/38 10.71 16.9 3.80
Shahid Afridi 447 270 21 5/16 12.86 21.3 3.62 2
Kemar Roach 276 195 13 6/27 15.00 21.2 4.24 1
Robin Peterson 336 238 15 4/12 15.87 22.4 4.25
Dale Steyn 277 192 12 5/50 16.00 23.1 4.16

The top four names on the strike rates table is the same as on the averages table, while Malinga replaces Steyn as fifth.

Best strike rates

B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Imran Tahir 237 150 14 4/38 10.71 16.9 3.80
Kemar Roach 276 195 13 6/27 15.00 21.2 4.24 1
Shahid Afridi 447 270 21 5/16 12.86 21.3 3.62 2
Robin Peterson 336 238 15 4/12 15.87 22.4 4.25
Lasith Malinga 292 270 13 6/38 20.77 22.5 5.55

None of the most economic bowlers of the tournament — Ajantha Mendis, Ray Price, Mohammad Hafeez, or Saeed Ajmal (sigh) — managed a lot of wickets, but all of them did excellent jobs, conceding less than 3.60 an over on absolute featherbeds. The Afridi-Ajmal-Hafeez trio was better than it met the eye, but it went in vain.

Best economy rates

B R W BB Ave SR Econ 5WIs
Ajantha Mendis 256 134 7 3/35 19.14 36.6 3.14
Ray Price 294 169 9 3/16 18.78 32.7 3.45
Mohammad Hafeez 330 193 8 2/16 24.13 41.3 3.51
Saeed Ajmal 156 93 5 2/18 18.60 31.2 3.58
Kyle Mills 124 74 6 2/2 12.33 20.7 3.58

There were nine five-wicket hauls in ICC World Cup 2011, which was the second-best in World Cup history after 2003 (when there were 12 spells). Afridi became the fourth bowler (after Gary Gilmour in 1975, Ashantha de Mel in 1983, and Vasbert Drakes in 2003) and the first spinner to take two five-wicket hauls in the same edition of World Cup cricket. Surprisingly, four of these nine have come against India.

Five-wicket hauls

Figures Against Venue
Kemar Roach 6/27 Netherlands Kotla
Lasith Malinga 6/38 Kenya Premadasa
Shahid Afridi 5/16 Kenya Hambantota
Shahid Afridi 5/23 Canada Premadasa
Yuvraj Singh 5/31 Ireland Chinnaswamy
Wahab Riaz 5/46 India Mohali
Tim Bresnan 5/48 India Chinnaswamy
Dale Steyn 5/50 India Nagpur
Ravi Rampaul 5/51 India Chepauk

Roach was the first to take a hat-trick in ICC World Cup 2011, following which Malinga was at it again. Malinga became the first bowler to register two World Cup hat-tricks. He almost did another four-in-four, but Elijah Otieno played out the next ball; he got his four-in-five, though. The corresponding spells of Roach (six for 27) and Malinga (six for 38) were also the best in the tournament.

 Hat-tricks Against Venue Batsmen How out
Kemar Roach Netherlands Kotla Pieter Seelaar LBW
Bernard Loots LBW
Berend Westdijk bowled
Lasith Malinga Kenya Premadasa Tanmay Mishra LBW
Peter Ongondo bowled
Shem Ngoche bowled

Fielding and wicket-keeping

Following Adam Gilchrist’s retirement, the wicketkeeper’s table had a new leader: Sangakkara had 14 dismissals, though Brad Haddin topped the catches tally with 13. Sangakkara also led the stumpings list with four, a feat he shared with Kamran Akmal.

Most dismissals as wicket-keeper

M C S D D/M
Kumar Sangakkara 9 10 4 14 1.56
Brad Haddin 7 13 13 1.86
Kamran Akmal 8 8 4 12 1.50
Matt Prior 7 7 3 10 1.43
Devon Thomas 7 7 3 10 1.43
MS Dhoni 9 7 3 10 1.11

If Sangakkara is there, can Mahela be far behind? Jayawardene’s eight catches were a record in the tournament, two clear of anyone else’s aggregate.

Most catches as fielder

M C C/M
Mahela Jayawardene 9 8 0.89
Jacques Kallis 7 6 0.86
Robin Peterson 7 6 0.86
Kieron Pollard 7 6 0.86
Tillakaratne Dilshan 9 6 0.67

Record partnerships

As mentioned, Dilshan and Tharanga put up two double-hundred stands. Though the 231-run unbroken stand against England resulted in a ten-wicket victory in the quarter-final, they had earlier added 282 against Zimbabwe; it remained the tournament record for any wicket. The tenth-wicket record was shared between two pairs, one of which was Nehemiah Odhiambo and James Ngoche: they are brothers.

Highest partnerships

Wicket Runs Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Against Venue
1 282 Upul Tharanga Tillakaratne Dilshan Zimbabwe Pallekelle
2 134 Sachin Tendulkar Gautam Gambhir England Chinnaswamy
3 221 Hashim Amla AB de Villiers Netherlands Mohali
4 132 Ashish Bagai Jimmy Hansra Kenya Kotla
5 121 Ryan ten Doeschate Peter Borren Ireland Eden Gardens
6 162 Kevin O’Brien Alex Cusack England Chinnaswamy
7 85 Ross Taylor Jacob Oram Pakistan Pallekelle
8 54 Nathan McCullum Daniel Vettori Australia Nagpur
9 66 Abdul Razzaq Umar Gul New Zealand Pallekelle
10 23 Nehemiah Odhiambo James Ngoche Zimbabwe Eden Gardens
Misbah-ul-Haq Saeed Ajmal India Mohali

Team aggregates

Once again India registered the highest score of the tournament, 370 for four against Bangladesh at Mirpur in the opening match. The fourth- and fifth-highest scores came in the same match, when England and India piled up 338 each in the tie at Chinnaswamy.

Highest team scores

Team Score Against Venue
India 370/4 (50) Bangladesh Mirpur
New Zealand 358/6 (50) Canada Wankhede
South Africa 351/5 (50) Netherlands Mohali
India 338 (49.5) England Chinnaswamy
England 338/8 (50) India Chinnaswamy

While Mirpur saw the highest score of the tournament, it also witnessed the lowest and third-lowest, both by the home team. Bangladesh were bowled out for 58 by West Indies and for 78 by South Africa. Kenya found themselves sandwiched in between, being skittled out for New Zealand at Chepauk for 69.

Lowest team totals (Excludes rain-reduced matches)

Team Score Against Venue
Bangladesh 58 (18.5) West Indies Mirpur
Kenya 69 (23.5) New Zealand Chepauk
Bangladesh 78 (28) South Africa Mirpur
Kenya 112 (33.1) Pakistan Hambantota
West Indies 112 (43.3) Pakistan Mirpur

Biggest margins of victory

By runs: 231

South Africa 351/5 (50) beat Netherlands 120 (34.5)

By wickets: 10

Kenya 69 (23.5) lost to New Zealand 72/0 (8)

Zimbabwe 162 (46.2) lost to New Zealand 166/0 (33.3)

West Indies 112 (43.3) lost to Pakistan 113/0 (20.5)

England 229/6 (50) lost to Sri Lanka 231/0 (39.3)

By balls to spare: 252

Kenya 69 (23.5) lost to New Zealand 72/0 (8)

Smallest margins of victory

By runs: 6

England 171 (45.4) beat South Africa 165 (47.4)

By wickets: 2

England 225 (49.4) lost to Bangladesh 227/8 (49)

By balls to spare: 2

India 296 (48.4) lost to South Africa 300/7 (49.4)

Tie

India 338 (49.5) tied with England 338/8 (50)

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