Three distinguished captains - two of whom lifted the World Cup trophy - lead the way here. Arjuna Ranatunga scored 969 runs in 30 World Cup matches for Sri Lanka, with a highest score of 88 not out against Zimbabwe in New Plymouth in 1992, while Australia's Michael Clarke made 888 in 25 games: his highest was 93 not out, against Netherlands in St Kitts in 2007. Mohammad Azharuddin of India comes next with 826 runs in 30 matches, and a highest of 93, against Australia in Brisbane in 1992.
Jason Behrendorff's 5 for 44 to break English hearts last week made him only the third man to take five wickets in an innings in a World Cup match at Lord's. And in Australia's next match, against New Zealand, Mitchell Starc became the fourth, with 5 for 26 - also the best figures in any men's ODI at Lord's. The first to do so was another Australian left-arm seamer, Gary Gilmour, with 5 for 48 against West Indies in the first final in 1975. The other man to do it also achieved the feat in the final: Joel Garner claimed 5 for 38 as West Indies crushed England in 1979.
Sunil Gavaskar was the first man to reach 10,000 runs in Tests, doing so during his 63 against Pakistan in Ahmedabad in 1986-87. But the race to 10,000 in all internationals (just Tests and ODIs at that time) was much closer: during the 1985 English summer, when neither man was playing internationally, Gavaskar was marooned on 9992 runs, while Viv Richards had 9960.
Kapil Dev's astonishing 175 not out against Zimbabwe in Tunbridge Wells in 1983 - which, as every Indian schoolboy probably knows, came after his side had plummeted to 17 for 5 - lies second on this particular list. On top is Viv Richards's 181, for West Indies against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 1987. In all, by June 28, there had been 30 individual centuries by captains in the World Cup, four of them by Ricky Ponting.
The South African legspinner Imran Tahir, who celebrated his 40th birthday on March 27, is indeed the oldest player in the 2019 World Cup. Next come Chris Gayle, who's 40 in September, and Mohammad Hafeez, who turns 39 in October.
Steven Lynch is the editor of the updated edition of Wisden on the Ashes