Top 5 Indian Centuries in ICC World Cups

1. Kapil Dev’s 175 not out Vs Zimbabwe (WC 1983)


Kapil’s 175* against Zimbabwe has created many records. It was the first century from an Indian batsman in the one day internationals. In the unbeaten knock Kapil Dev broke the record for highest individual score in ODI. Above all this single innings played a psychological part in the mind of the Indian players, eventually they won the 1983 world cup beating theĀ  unconquerable West Indies. India, which had only one win (against East Africa) under their belt till 1983 world cup had nothing to loose but to fight hard to earn a place in the world cricket map.

India were down to 9 for 4 when Kapil padded up and walked to the middle. India lost their 5th wicket when the score reached 19 and were facing a big collapse. But Kapil at the age of 24, held his nerve and shown the responsibility of captain. He batted with the low order batsmen(Roger Binny and Madan Lal) and built a valuable 62 run partnership. In the 9th wicket partnership he put up an unbeaten 126 runs with Syed Kirmani, a world record which stood unbroken for long 27 years. At the end of the match Kapil finished not out with 175 runs off 138 balls with 16 boundaries and 6 sixes.

2. Sourav Ganguly’s 183 Vs Sri Lanka (WC 1999)


In the 1999 world cup match against Sri Lanka, Sourav Ganguly went on a rampage on the Lankan bowling attack with out any leniency. He along with Dravid milked the Sri Lankan bowling and they together batted for almost 45 overs. The partnership accumulated a record 318 runs, first triple partnership in the history of ODI. Ganguly, in his 183 innings hit 7 massive sixes and 17 boundaries, an absolute carnage of Sri Lankan attack. This priceless innings by the Kolkata prince was something to cherish for team India in a disappointing world cup campaign.

3. Sunil Gavaskar’s 103 not out Vs New Zealand (WC 1987)


This was Gavaskar’s first and only century in ODI. In the league match against New Zealand projected a decent 221 runs and India had to win in 42.2 overs to top in the group. Gavaskar who was criticized for his sluggish scoring performance in the 1975 world cup was Indian opener to accomplish the task. He with his partner K Srikkanth gave India a firing start. They put up a quick 136 partnership, after Srikkanth lost his wicket, Gavaskar continued slaughtering the New Zealand bowling attack with young M Azharuddin at the other end. India won the mach in just 32.1 overs with an impressive 6.96 run rate. Gavaskar scored 103* in 88 balls with 10 boundaries and 3 sixes, a rare and unusual innings from the little master.

4. Sachin Tendulkar’s 120 Vs England (WC 2011)


2011 world cup was a special one for Sachin Tenduklar. In the group match against England Sachin scored his 47 ODI hundred. In the first match against Bangladesh though he started well could not play a long innings. But in the match against England he took his time to settle down. Sachin’s a well constructed 120 runs of 115 balls (including 10 boundaries and 5 sixes) was the central pillar of Indian innings. India scored 338 runs but the match ended up in a dramatic draw.

5. Rahul Dravid’s 145 Vs Sri Lanka (WC 1999)


Rahul Dravid’s 145 runs was equally important as Ganguly’s 183 runs innings in the 1999 World Cup match. Dravid’s hard work to build the innings and rotate the strike to Ganguly were highlight of this innings. A well played 145 runs in 129 balls with keeping up the tempo of the match . This innings was considered as one of the best innings of Rahul Dravid in the ODIs. The way he played the spinners as well as the pace bowlers was impeccable.

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