Kumar Sangakkara scored a record four consecutive tons in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015    Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara scored a record four consecutive tons in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Getty Images

Kumar Sangakkara scored a record four centuries in four consecutive innings in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. There were three other batsmen who scored centuries in consecutive innings in the tournament, Bharath Seervi lists them and others who have did it along with some trivia. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Top 10 most memorable moments

Kumar Sangakkara scored his 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th One-Day International (ODI) centuries on a trot in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. His scores read 105* vs Bangladesh, 117* vs England, 104 vs Australia and 124 vs Scotland. In the next match, the quarter-final, he scored 45 against South Africa, and Sri Lanka were knocked out of the tournament after a nine-wicket defeat. He has announced his retirement from ODIs thus he is the only player to score four centuries in his last five ODI innings. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: The CricketCountry XI

No other batsmen had scored even three consecutive centuries in the World Cup history. There were several who did it in two consecutive matches. Three players achieved it in this World Cup Mahmudullah, Brendan Taylor and Martin Guptill. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Top 10 innings

Centuries in two or more consecutive World Cup innings

Batsman Runs Against Venue Date Result
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 105* Bangladesh MCG February 26, 2015 Won
117* England Wellington March 1, 2015 Won
104 Australia SCG March 8, 2015 Lost
124 Scotland Hobart March 11, 2015 Won
Mark Waugh (Australia) 130 Kenya Visakhapatnam February 23, 1996 Won
126 India Mumbai February 27, 1996 Won
Rahul Dravid (India) 104* Kenya Bristol May 23, 1999 Won
145 Sri Lanka Edgbaston May 26, 1999 Won
Saeed Anwar (Pakistan) 103 Zimbabwe The Oval June 11, 1999 Won
113* New Zealand Old Trafford June 16, 1999 Won
Matthew Hayden (Australia) 101 South Africa Basseterre March 24, 2007 Won
158 West Indies North Sound March 27, 2007 Won
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 140* India New Wanderers March 23, 2007 Won
113 Scotland Basseterre March 14, 2007 Won
AB de Villiers (South Africa) 107* West Indies Kotla February 24, 2011 Won
134 Netherlands Mohali March 3, 2011 Won
Mahmudullah (Bangladesh) 103 England Adelaide March 9, 2015 Won
128* New Zealand Hamilton March 13, 2015 Lost
Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe) 121 Ireland Hobart March 7, 2015 Lost
138 India Eden Park March 14, 2015 Lost
Martin Guptill (New Zealand) 105 Bangladesh Hamilton March 13, 2015 Won
237* West Indies Wellington March 21, 2015 Won

– Ricky Ponting s feat came across two World Cups the final of 2003 World Cup and his first match of 2007 World Cup.

– Brendan Taylor s centuries resulted in defeats, and were his last two innings of his ODI career. He is the only one to score two centuries in career s last two ODI innings.

– Interestingly, only Matthew Hayden s team lifted the World Cup trophy among all those who scored back-to-back World Cup centuries. Ricky Ponting s team did the same, but his achievement was spanned across two World Cups. Cricket World Cup finals XI: Players who were outstanding on the day of finals

– Among Test playing nations barring England and West Indies, at least one batsman has scored consecutive World Cup centuries for every team.

Steve Smith scored fifties in the last five matches of this World Cup. He is the only one to score five consecutive World Cup fifties.

Kumar Sangakkara is the only player to score centuries in four consecutive World Cup innings as well as the only one to do in ODIs overall. Six batsmen scored centuries in three consecutive ODI innings in the past. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Top 10 spells

Centuries in three or more consecutive ODI innings

Batsman Runs Against Venue Date Result
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 105* Bangladesh Melbourne February 26, 2015 Won
117* England Wellington March 1, 2015 Won
104 Australia Sydney March 8, 2015 Lost
124 Scotland Hobart March 11, 2015 Won
Zaheer Abbas (Pakistan) 118 India Multan December 17, 1982 Won
105 India Lahore December 31, 1982 Lost
113 India Karachi January 21, 1983 Won
Saeed Anwar (Pakistan) 107 Sri Lanka Sharjah October 30, 1993 Won
131 West Indies Sharjah November 1, 1993 Won
111 Sri Lanka Sharjah November 2, 1993 Won
HH Gibbs (South Africa) 116 Kenya Colombo (RPS) September 20, 2002 Won
116* India Colombo (RPS) September 25, 2002 Lost
153 Bangladesh Potchefstroom October 3, 2002 Won
AB de Villiers (South Africa) 114* India Gwalior February 24, 2010 Lost
102* India Ahmedabad February 27, 2010 Won
102 West Indies North Sound May 22, 2010 Won
Q de Kock (South Africa) 135 India Johannesburg December 5, 2013 Won
106 India Durban December 8, 2013 Won
101 India Centurion December 11, 2013 Won
LRPL Taylor (New Zealand) 112* India Hamilton January 28 ,2014 Won
102 India Wellington January 31, 2014 Won
105* Pakistan Dubai (DSC) December 8, 2014 Lost

 

Herschelle Gibbs followed his three centuries with 97* against Bangladesh. Alok Kapali bowled a wide delivery that went for a four when five runs were needed for South Africa to win the match. Gibbs was thus denied a fourth century on the trot. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Top 5 catches

Kumar Sangakkara had scored centuries in two consecutive ODI innings twice in the past in 2003 and then in 2008. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: The Associate XI

Batsmen scoring centuries in consecutive ODI innings more than once in their career

No. of times Batsman Team
5 AB de Villiers South Africa
4 Saeed Anwar Pakistan
 

 

3

Brian Lara West Indies
Chris Gayle West Indies
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka
Virat Kohli India
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka
 

 

 

2

Hashim Amla South Africa
Herschelle Gibbs South Africa
Martin Guptill New Zealand
Mohammad Yousuf Pakistan
Brendan Taylor Zimbabwe
Ross Taylor New Zealand

More Sangakkara Trivia:

Kumar Sangakkara is also the only batsman to have scored centuries in three consecutive Test innings thrice in a career. He scored 137, 103 and 219 in 2009-10; 142, 105 and 139 in 2013; and 319, 105 and 147 in 2014. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Moments that occurred for first time in a World Cup

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at @SeerviBharath and on Facebook here)