ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 Statistics

2003 Cricket World Cup statistics lists all the major statistics and records for the 2003 Cricket World Cup held in South Africa, Zimbabweand Kenya from 9 February to 24 March 2003.

Talha Jubair became the youngest player to participate in Cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka’s clinical demolition of Canada for 36 runs created a new World Cup record for the lowest innings score, a dubious distinction that was, at the time, the lowest score in ODI history. Records tumbled when defending champions Australia took on minnows Namibia, with Glenn McGrath claiming the World Cup’s best bowling figures(7/15), a performance that helped Australia defeat Namibia by 256 runs. Team-mate Adam Gilchrist created a new wicket-keeping dismissal record in the same match, with 6. Against Namibia, Indian players Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly recorded the second highest partnership in World Cup cricket (244 runs). India and Australia clashed in a one-sided battle in the final, with Australia creating multiple records (highest World Cup final score, highest score by a captain in a World Cup final - Ricky Ponting, most number of sixes by a batsman – Ponting) in a match; with Australia winning by 125 runs. Tendulkar’s 673 runs, the most runs scored in a single World Cup history to date, was the consolation for India as he won the 2003 Cricket World Cup Man of the Series award. The World Cup also saw fielding records in an innings (Mohammad Kaif) and tournament (Ponting). The World Cup broke the record for most number of sixes in the tournament (with 266), but this was easily surpassed in the 2007 edition (with 373).

Records

Country Versus Venue Date
Canada Sri Lanka Paarl 19-02-2003
  • Lowest innings total in any World Cup – 36, by Canada
  • Lowest innings total in any ODI – 36, by Canada (since beaten by Zimbabwe in 2003/4)
  • Biggest Victory margin (By balls remaining) in World Cup history (50 over match) - 272 balls
New Zealand West Indies Port Elizabeth 13-02-2003
  • Seventh wicket partnership record for any World Cup – 98, by Ramnaresh Sarwan and Ridley Jacobs (West Indies)
Australia Namibia Potchefstroom 27-02-2003
  • Best bowling analysis in any World Cup innings – 7/15, by Glenn McGrath (Australia)
  • Most runs off an over in any World Cup innings – 28, by Darren Lehmann (Australia, since beaten by Herschelle Gibbs)
  • Highest Victory Margin (By runs) in World Cup – 256 runs, by Australia (since bettered by India against Bermuda in 2007 Cricket World Cup)
  • Most wicket-keeper dismissals in any World Cup innings – 6, Adam Gilchrist (Australia)
India Sri Lanka Johannesburg 10-03-2003
  • Most catches in an innings by a fielder in World Cup - Mohammad Kaif
Australia India Johannesburg 23-03-2003
  • Highest score by a team in World Cup final – Australia
  • Highest score by an individual in World Cup final – Ricky Ponting (since bettered by Adam Gilchrist in the finals against Sri Lanka in the 2007 Cricket World Cup)
  • Highest score by a captain in World Cup final – Ricky Ponting
  • Most sixes in a single World Cup innings – 8, by Ricky Ponting (Australia, since equalled by Imran Nazir and Adam Gilchrist)
  • Most runs in a single World Cup – 673, by Sachin Tendulkar (India)
  • Most wicketkeeping dismissals in a single World Cup – 21, by Adam Gilchrist (Australia)
  • Most fielder catches in a single World Cup – 11, by Ricky Ponting (Australia)

Team totals

Highest team totals

The highest score of the 2003 Cricket World Cup came in the finals when Australia scored 359 runs against India in 50 overs. This represents the highest score made in the finals of Cricket World Cup.

Note: Only scores of 310 or higher are listed.

Score
(Overs)
Country Versus Venue Date
359-2 (50) Australia India Johannesburg 23-03-2003
340-2 (50) Zimbabwe Namibia Harare 10-02-2003
319-5 (50) Australia Sri Lanka Centurion 07-03-2003
314-4 (50) Netherlands Namibia Bloemfontein 03-03-2003
311-2 (50) India Namibia Pietermaritzburg 23-02-2003

Lowest team totals

Canada were bowled out for the lowest ever total in World Cup history against Sri Lanka; which was also, at the time, the lowest ever total in ODI history.

Note: Only scores of 100 or lower are listed.

Score
(Overs)
Country Versus Venue Date
36 (18.4) Canada Sri Lanka Paarl 19-02-2003
45 (14) Namibia Australia Potchefstroom 27-02-2003
84 (17.4) Namibia Pakistan Kimberley 16-02-2003

Bowling

Most wickets in the tournament

Vaas’s haul of 23 wickets in the tournament was, at the time, the record in World Cup history. His record was equalled or bettered by three bowlers in the 2007 edition of the World Cup (Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan and Shaun Tait).

Note: Only top 10 players shown. Sorted by wickets then bowling average.

Player Team M Overs Runs Wkts Mdns Avg 4WI 5WI BBI Econ S/R
WPUJC Vaas Sri Lanka 10 88 331 23 14 14.39 1 1 6/25 3.76 22.9
B Lee Australia 10 83.1 394 22 9 17.90 0 1 5/42 4.73 22.6
GD McGrath Australia 11 87 310 21 18 14.76 0 1 7/15 3.56 24.8
Z Khan India 11 88.2 374 18 5 20.77 1 0 4/42 4.23 29.4
SE Bond New Zealand 8 78 305 17 12 17.94 0 1 6/23 3.91 27.5
M Muralitharan Sri Lanka 10 87.4 319 17 7 18.76 1 0 4/28 3.63 30.9
AJ Bichel Australia 8 57 197 16 7 12.31 0 1 7/20 3.45 21.3
VC Drakes West Indies 6 51.5 208 16 7 13.00 0 2 5/33 4.01 19.4
J Srinath India 11 91.1 369 16 4 23.06 2 0 4/30 4.04 34.1
A Nehra India 9 69.1 289 15 9 19.26 1 1 6/23 4.17 27.6

Best bowling

Note: Only top ten performances listed.

Bowling figures
Wickets-Runs (Overs)
Bowler Country Versus Venue Date
7-15 (7) GD McGrath Australia Namibia Potchefstroom 27-02-2003
7-20 (10) AJ Bichel Australia England Port Elizabeth 02-03-2003
6-23 (10) A Nehra India England Durban 26-02-2003
6-23 (10) SE Bond New Zealand Australia Port Elizabeth 11-03-2003
6-25 (9.1) WPUJC Vaas Sri Lanka Bangladesh Pietermaritzburg 14-02-2003
5-24 (10) CO Obuya Kenya Sri Lanka Nairobi (Gymkhana) 24-02-2003
5-27 (9) A Codrington Canada Bangladesh Durban 11-02-2003
5-28 (9) Wasim Akram Pakistan Namibia Kimberley 16-02-2003
5-33 (10) VC Drakes West Indies Kenya Kimberley 04-03-2003
5-42 (9.1) B Lee Australia New Zealand Port Elizabeth 11-03-2003

Batting

Most runs in the tournament

The 2003 Cricket World Cup had four cricketers scoring over 400 runs in the tournament (two Indians and two Australians), a record that has been bettered when ten cricketers scored more than 400 runs in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Tendulkar’s 673 runs in the 2003 Cricket World Cup is the current record for most runs scored in a single edition in World Cup history.

Note: Only top 10 players shown. Sorted by total.
Player Team M I NO Total Avg 50s 100s Best S/R
SR Tendulkar India 11 11 0 673 61.18 6 1 152 89.25
SC Ganguly India 11 11 3 465 58.12 0 3 112* 82.30
RT Ponting Australia 11 10 2 415 51.87 1 2 146* 87.92
AC Gilchrist Australia 10 10 0 408 40.80 4 0 99 105.15
HH Gibbs South Africa 6 6 2 384 96.00 2 1 143 100.78
MS Atapattu Sri Lanka 10 10 3 382 54.57 1 2 124 84.51
A Flower Zimbabwe 8 7 0 332 47.42 3 0 71 72.33
ML Hayden Australia 11 11 1 328 32.80 1 0 88 80.00
A Symonds Australia 9 5 3 326 163.00 2 1 143* 90.55
DR Martyn Australia 10 8 3 323 64.60 4 0 88* 81.77

Highest individual scores

Twenty one individual centuries were scored in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, the highest across all editions.

Note: The top ten scores are listed below.
Runs Balls Batsman Country Versus Venue Date Strike Rate
172* 151 CB Wishart Zimbabwe Namibia Harare 10-02-2003 113.91
152 151 SR Tendulkar India Namibia Pietermaritzburg 23-02-2003 100.66
143* 125 A Symonds Australia Pakistan Johannesburg 11-02-2003 114.40
143 141 HH Gibbs South Africa New Zealand Johannesburg 16-02-2003 101.42
141 125 SB Styris New Zealand Sri Lanka Bloemfontein 10-02-2003 112.80
146* 121 RT Ponting Australia India Johannesburg 23-03-2003 115.70
134* 132 SP Fleming New Zealand South Africa Johannesburg 16-02-2003 101.52
134* 129 KJJ van Noortwijk Netherlands Namibia Bloemfontein 03-03-2003 103.88
124 129 MS Atapattu Sri Lanka South Africa Durban 03-03-2003 96.12
121 142 JF Kloppenburg Netherlands Namibia Bloemfontein 03-03-2003 85.21
Source: Cricinfo.com

Highest partnerships of the tournament

There were 25 century partnerships in the tournament, in comparison to 28 century partnerships in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. The top ten partnerships have been listed below. The 244 run partnership between Ganguly and Tendulkar is currently the second highest partnership in World Cup history.

Runs Wicket Partnerships Country Versus Venue Date
244 2nd SC Ganguly/Sachin Tendulkar India Namibia Pietermaritzburg 23-02-2003
234* 3rd DR Martyn/RT Ponting Australia India Johannesburg 23-03-2003
228 2nd JF Kloppenburg/KJJ van Noortwijk Netherlands Namibia Bloemfontein 03-03-2003
170 2nd ST Jayasuriya/HP Tillakaratne Sri Lanka New Zealand Bloemfontein 10-02-2003
166* 3rd GW Flower/CB Wishart Zimbabwe Namibia Harare 10-02-2003
153 1st V Sehwag/SR Tendulkar India Sri Lanka Johannesburg 10-03-2003
152 1st MS Atapattu/PA de Silva Sri Lanka South Africa Durban 03-03-2003
142* 1st HH Gibbs/G Kirsten South Africa Kenya Potchefstroom 12-02-2003
140* 2nd NJ Astle/SP Fleming New Zealand South Africa Johannesburg 16-02-2003
129* 4th R Dravid/M Kaif India New Zealand Centurion 14-03-2003

Highest partnerships for each wicket

Wicket Runs Partnerships Country Versus Venue Date
1st 153 SR Tendulkar/V Sehwag India Sri Lanka Johannesburg 10-03-2003
2nd 244 SR Tendulkar/SC Ganguly India Namibia Pietermaritzburg 23-02-2003
3rd 234* RT Ponting/DR Martyn Australia India Johannesburg 23-03-2003
4th 152 MS Atapattu/PA de Silva Sri Lanka South Africa Durban 03-03-2003
5th 118* SC Ganguly/Yuvraj Singh India Kenya Cape Town 07-03-2003
6th 90 AJ Stewart/A Flintoff England Australia Port Elizabeth 02-03-2003
7th 98 RR Sarwan/RD Jacobs West Indies New Zealand Port Elizabeth 13-02-2003
8th 97 MG Bevan/AJ Bichel Australia New Zealand Port Elizabeth 11-03-2003
9th 73* MG Bevan/AJ Bichel Australia England Port Elizabeth 02-03-2003
10th 54 Saqlain Mushtaq/Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan England Cape Town 22-02-2003

Fielding

Most catches in a match

Catches Player Country Versus Venue Date
4 M Kaif India Sri Lanka Johannesburg 10-03-2003
3 V Sehwag India Netherlands Paarl 12-02-2003
LJ Burger Namibia England Port Elizabeth 19-02-2003
JP Maher Australia Netherlands Potchefstroom 20-02-2003
HH Dippenaar South Africa Bangladesh Bloemfontein 22-02-2003
D Mongia India Namibia Pietermaritzburg 23-02-2003
V Sehwag India England Durban 26-02-2003
AF Giles England Australia Port Elizabeth 02-03-2003

Most catches in the tournament

Note: Only lists players with 6 catches or more.
Catches Player Team Matches
11 Ricky Ponting Australia 11
8 Brett Lee Australia 10
Virender Sehwag India 11
Dinesh Mongia India 11
6 Louis Burger Namibia 6
Aravinda de Silva Sri Lanka 10
Zaheer Khan India 11

Wicket-keeping

Most dismissals in a match

Note: only top five performances listed (sorted by dismissals then date).
Dismissals Player Country Versus Venue Date
6 (6c) AC Gilchrist Australia Namibia Potchefstroom 27-02-2003
4 (3c+1st) KC Sangakkara Sri Lanka New Zealand Bloemfontein 10-02-2003
4 (2c+2st) KO Otieno Kenya Bangladesh Johannesburg 01-03-2003
4 (3c+1st) KO Otieno Kenya Zimbabwe Bloemfontein 12-03-2003
4 (3c+1st) KC Sangakkara Sri Lanka Australia Port Elizabeth 18-03-2003

Most dismissals in the tournament

Note: Only top 10 players shown.
Dismissals
(stumpings)
Player Team Matches
21 Adam Gilchrist Australia 10
17 (2) Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 10
16 (1) Rahul Dravid India 11
12 Kennedy Otieno Kenya 9
11 Mark Boucher South Africa 6
10 (2) Ashish Bagai Canada 6
9 Brendon McCullum New Zealand 7
8 (1) Rashid Latif Pakistan 6
8 (1) Ridley Jacobs West Indies 6
7 (1) Alec Stewart England 5

Tied matches

After the tied semifinal match in the 1999 Cricket World cup that eliminated them South Africa were held to another tie when they scored 229 in 45 overs, needing 230 to win by the Duckworth-Lewis method, against Sri Lanka. South Africa needed a win to progress to the “Super-6″ stage, but were ultimately eliminated from the tournament.

Match Scores Venue Date
South Africa vs Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 268-9 (50 overs), South Africa 229/6 (45 overs) Durban 03-03-2003


Records

Country Versus Venue Date
Canada Sri Lanka Paarl 19-02-2003
  • Lowest innings total in any World Cup – 36, by Canada[3][4]
  • Lowest innings total in any ODI – 36, by Canada (since beaten by Zimbabwe in 2003/4)
  • Biggest Victory margin (By balls remaining) in World Cup history (50 over match)[5] - 272 balls[4][6]
New Zealand West Indies Port Elizabeth 13-02-2003
  • Seventh wicket partnership record for any World Cup – 98, by Ramnaresh Sarwan and Ridley Jacobs (West Indies)[7]
Australia Namibia Potchefstroom 27-02-2003
  • Best bowling analysis in any World Cup innings – 7/15, by Glenn McGrath (Australia)[8]
  • Most runs off an over in any World Cup innings – 28, by Darren Lehmann[9] (Australia, since beaten by Herschelle Gibbs)
  • Highest Victory Margin (By runs) in World Cup – 256 runs, by Australia[6] (since bettered by India against Bermuda in 2007 Cricket World Cup)
  • Most wicket-keeper dismissals in any World Cup innings – 6, Adam Gilchrist (Australia)[10]
India Sri Lanka Johannesburg 10-03-2003
  • Most catches in an innings by a fielder in World Cup - Mohammad Kaif[11]
Australia India Johannesburg 23-03-2003
  • Highest score by a team in World Cup final – Australia[12]
  • Highest score by an individual in World Cup final – Ricky Ponting[12] (since bettered by Adam Gilchrist in the finals against Sri Lanka in the 2007 Cricket World Cup)
  • Highest score by a captain in World Cup final – Ricky Ponting[12]
  • Most sixes in a single World Cup innings – 8, by Ricky Ponting (Australia, since equalled by Imran Nazir and Adam Gilchrist)
  • Most runs in a single World Cup – 673, by Sachin Tendulkar (India)[13]
  • Most wicketkeeping dismissals in a single World Cup – 21, by Adam Gilchrist (Australia)[14]
  • Most fielder catches in a single World Cup – 11, by Ricky Ponting (Australia)[15]



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