Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara and AB de Villiers are the top five run-getters in World Cups. @AFP

As we inch closer to the World Cup 2019, we have a look at the top five run-getters in the last eleven editions of the mega event.

Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 2278 runs

The Indian batting maestro tops the list of leading run-getters in World Cups. Having featured in the six World Cups – 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 – Tendulkar played 45 World Cup matches and scored 2278 runs with an average of 56.95. The Little Master hit six hundreds, most for a batsman in the World Cups, and 14 half-centuries in 44 innings, with a highest score of 152.

Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 1743 runs

The three-time World Cup winner, including two as Australia’s skipper, Ricky Ponting is second on the list of the run-getters in the mega event. The right-hander scored 1743 runs in 46 matches, with an average of 45.86. Ponting hit five hundreds and six half-centuries across 42 innings in World Cups, with a highest score of 140 not out against India in the 2003 World Cup final.

Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 1532 runs

The former Sri Lankan skipper and wicketkeeper-batsman is the leading run-getter from his country in the World Cups and occupies third spot in the overall list of run-getters, behind Tendulkar and Ponting. The left-hander scored 1532 World Cup runs with the help of five hundreds and seven half-centuries and with an average of 56.74. Sangakkara scored four of his five World Cup hundreds in 2015 and scored as many as 541 runs in 7 matches.

Brian Lara (West Indies) – 1225 runs

The West Indian maverick is on the fourth spot in the list of leading run-getters in the World Cup. The stylish left-hander scored 1225 World Cup runs from 34 matches he played, hitting two hundreds and seven fifties, with an average of 42.24 and the highest score of 116.

AB de Villiers (South Africa) – 1207 runs

The Mr 360 of world cricket is on the fifth spot in the list of leading run-getters in the World Cup. The former South African skipper, with 1207 runs against his name, has the highest average 63.52 amongst the top five run-getters in the World Cup. The right-hander hit four hundreds and six fifties from 23 games in the World Cup, with a strike rate of 117.29 and the highest score of an unbeaten 162.