Bengaluru, Feb 13: Over the 10 editions of the Cricket World Cup, there have been a plethora of memorable performances by Indian batsmen which will live with cricket fans for years to come. Only a day is left for the 11th edition of ICC World Cup will to kickstart in Australia and New Zealand.
Here are the 5 most top performances by Indian batsmen in the World Cup history
1. Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly vs Sri Lanka in 1999 WC- This match against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup saw the biggest partnership in the history of cricket World Cup, putting on 318 runs in Taunton. Dravid walked back to the pavillion after a brilliant 129-ball 145. Ganguly finished his innings for 183 off 158 balls.
2. MS Dhoni's 91* vs Sri Lanka in 2011 WC- It was the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In front of their home crowd, India aimed to end the 28 years of World Cup drought. The match was hanging in the balance with India at 114 for 3. Yuvraj Singh, who was in great form was expected to walk in at his usual No. 5 position.
But it was the captain himself that made his way out to the middle. He remained cool throughout the innings and gave the nation a the fairytale ending they were waiting for, finishing the game in majestic style, with a towering six over the long-on boundary. Dhoni scored a brilliant 91 not out of 79 balls.
3. Sachin Tendulkar's 98 vs Pakistan in 2003 WC- Tendulkar's brilliant knock of 98 off 75 balls is considered as one of the best knocks in the World Cup history. Pakistan, earlier had posted 273/7 in 50 overs. That day, India's chase was entirely built on Tendulkar's knock. He was eventually dismissed by Shoaib Akhtar with a well-directed short ball, but by then, the master blaster's knock had changed the game for India.
4. Kapil Dev's 175* vs Zimbabwe in 1983 WC- When Kapil Dev came down to bat, India was tottering at 9 for 4 against Zimbabwe. But it was Kapil who kept India's chin up. Against Zimbabwe in the league stage, he bailed India out with a majestic 175. That innings at Tunbridge Wells stands the test of time.
5. Sunil Gavaskar's 103* vs New Zealand in 1987 WC- The great Sunil Gavaskar came to score his first and only ODI hundred - 103 not out from 88 balls against New Zealand. The 1987 World Cup moved out of the traditional base of England to the Indian subcontinent, and the matches were played in the 50-over format for the first time, to the earlier 60 overs format.