CHRIS GAYLE = 791 MAHELA JAYAWARDHANE = 742 KUMAR SANGAKARA = 683
S DHAWAN = 90.57 V KOHLI = 85.60 S GANGULY= 73.88
HIGHEST STRIKE RATE
K MACMILAN = 102.00 V SEHWAG = 100.77 S DHAWAN = 100.00
S DHAWAN = 3 H GIBBS = 3 S GANGULY = 3
S DHAWAN = 6 S GANGULY = 6 R DRAVID = 6
S WATSON = 4 H BASHAR = 3 N ASTLE = 3
S GANGULY = 17 C GAYLE = 15 E MORGON = 14
K MILLS = 28 L MALINGA = 25 M MURLIDHARAN = 24
M JAYAWARDHANE = 12 R TAYLOR = 12 S GANGULY = 12
MOST DISMISALS (WK)
K SANGAKARA = 33 A GILCHRIST = 25 M BOUCHER = 19 M DHONI = 18
M JAYAWARDHANE = 22 K SANGAKARA = 22 S JAYASURYA = 20 R DRAVID = 19
MOST MATCHES AS CAPTAIN
R PONTING = 16 B LARA = 15 S FLEMING = 13 S GANGULY = 11
MOST MATCH (UMPIRE)
S BUKANAN = 21 A DAR = 18 D SHEPHARD = 16
ICC KNOCKOUT TOURNAMENT 1998, Bangladesh
Winner: South Africa
Player of the tournament: Jacques Kallis
Top run-scorer: Phillo Wallace – 221 runs
Top wicket-taker: Jacques Kallis – 8 wickets
This was South Africa’s only victorious campaign in an ICC multi-team ODI event.
The tournament is also remembered for Sachin Tendulkar’s 141 against Australia, which set up a 44-run win for India against a dominant opposition. That was the highest score in the tournament.
Winner: New Zealand
Top run-scorer: Sourav Ganguly – 348 runs
Top wicket-taker: Venkatesh Prasad – 8 wickets
Once in the main rounds, India soon established itself as the team to beat. It defeated Australia in the quarter-final, proceeded to defeat South Africa by a comfortable margin of 95 runs, before bumping into a spirited New Zealand in the final. New Zealand defeated Zimbabwe and then Pakistan to get to the final.
New Zealand lifted the trophy with four wickets and two balls to spare in its chase of 265, even though the tournament’s top-performers, Sourav Ganguly and Venkatesh Prasad with bat and ball respectively, came good for India. Chris Cairns, the allrounder, scored a fine hundred to give New Zealand its only win at an ICC event to date.
2002, Sri Lanka
Winner: Shared between India and Sri Lanka
Top run-scorer: Virender Sehwag – 271 runs
Top wicket-taker: Muttiah Muralitharan – 10 wickets
India defeated South Africa in a dramatic encounter, while Sri Lanka had it easier against Australia. Unfortunately, rain quashed hopes of witnessing a great final. Sri Lanka scored 244 for 5 in its 50 overs and India responded with 14 for no loss in two overs before rain spoiled the day. On the reserve day, the host nation got to 222 for 7 and India reached 38 for 1 in eight overs before rain ruined chance of a result.
Virender Sehwag amassed 271 runs from five games at an average of 90.33 including a ton and a half-century, while Muttiah Muralitharan topped the bowling charts.
Winner: West Indies
SEMIFINALIST ENGLAND Vs AUSTRALIA WEST INDIES VS PAKISTAN
England beat arch-rival Australia in the first semi-final, while the West Indies triumphed over Pakistan. In a low-scoring thriller at The Oval, the West Indies put England in the shade by just two wickets and seven balls to spare in its chase of 218. The West Indies was reeling at 147 for 8 at one stage, but a resilient unbeaten 71-run stand between Courtney Browne, the wicketkeeper, and Ian Bradshaw, the left-arm bowler, took it past the line.
Marcus Trescothick scored 261 runs from four games at an average of 65.25 to finish as the top run-scorer. The top wicket-taker was also from the host country: Andrew Flintoff. Yet, it was Ramnaresh Sarwan who was Player of the Series for his 166 runs at an average of 83. He even stood in for an injured Brian Lara in the semi-final.
Player of the Series: Ramnaresh Sarwan
Top run-scorer: Marcus Trescothick – 261 runs
Top wicket-taker: Andrew Flintoff – 9 wickets
Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa qualified for the semi-finals. This was the first time since the 1975 World Cup that no Asian team qualified for the semi-final. The tournament also featured five of the ten lowest totals in the history of this tournament. It all boiled down to the West Indies and Australia in the finals, which the Australians won by eight wickets in a rain-affected match. Australia, a team that had dominated cricket in the era, lifted the trophy for the first time.
Player of the tournament: Chris Gayle
Top run-scorer: Chris Gayle – 474 runs
Top wicket-taker: Jerome Taylor – 13 wickets
2009, South Africa
After its game against India was washed out, Australia faced a must-win game against Pakistan in the group stage. Brett Lee and Nathan Hauritz got Australia over the line by two wickets in a thrilling low-scoring contest. Then, in the first semi-final, Australia defeated England, before going on to trump New Zealand, who had defeated Pakistan, in the final to retain the title. Shane Watson scored blistering centuries in both the matches, and was the pillar around whom Australia’s wins were built. They say a team is as good as its leader and Ricky Ponting validated that by leading the chart of run scorers. The tournament will always be remembered for the dominance of Ponting and the emergence of Watson.
Player of the tournament: Ricky Ponting
Top run-scorer: Ricky Ponting – 288 runs
Top wicket-taker: Wayne Parnell – 11 wickets
The entire competition saw some amazing contests, but the best was left for the last. The fifty-over match turned into a 20-over contest after rain spoiled the party. India could only manage 129 with the help of cameos from Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan, the team’s mainstay through the competition. Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara almost took the home side over the line, but Ishant Sharma got rid of both of them in consecutive deliveries to script a five-run win.
The other star that emerged for India was Jadeja, who starred both with bat and ball.
n 2017, the competition returns to England, with more fireworks expected.
Player of the tournament: Shikhar Dhawan
Top run-scorer: Shikhar Dhawan – 363 runs
Top wicket-taker: Wayne Parnell – 12 wickets