Stats Analysis

Yuvraj's feat and India's batting dominance

Twenty key numbers from the 2011 World Cup

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Yuvraj Singh roars as umpire Aleem Dar signals the winning six, India v Sri Lanka, final, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, April 2, 2011

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5.03 - The highest run-rate in any World Cup
The tournament run-rate of 5.03 is the highest among all World Cups. It surpassed the previous highest of 4.95, the run-rate in the 2007 tournament. The run-rate of the 1979 World Cup (3.54) is the lowest among all tournaments.
24 - The highest number of centuries scored in any World Cup
Twenty-four centuries were scored in the 2011 World Cup, which surpasses the previous best of 21 in the 2003 edition. The 103 half-centuries scored is second only to the 111 notched up in the 2007 World Cup.
47.97 and 5.79 - The highest batting average and run-rate for a team
Sri Lanka's batting average of 47.97 is the highest among all teams in the tournament followed by Australia's 42.36. India, on the other hand, have the highest run-rate of 5.79, followed by Sri Lanka's 5.67.
18 - The most fifty-plus scores for a team
Indian batsmen made five centuries and 13 half-centuries in the World Cup, giving them 18 fifty-plus scores, the highest for any team. Sri Lanka were second, with 15 fifty-plus scores including seven centuries and eight half-centuries.
48.67- The highest percentage of boundary runs for a team
Ireland scored 678 runs in boundaries, which is 48.67% of their total aggregate of 1393 runs. West Indies were second, with 600 (47.48%) of their runs in boundaries.
235 and 36 - the highest number of fours and sixes for a team
India scored 235 fours, the highest for any team. They're followed by Sri Lanka, who hit 226 fours. New Zealand hit the most sixes (36) followed by West Indies with 33.
6.37 - The highest run-rate for a team in Powerplay overs (mandatory, bowling and batting Powerplays included)
India had a run-rate of 6.37 in the Powerplay overs, the highest among all teams. Sri Lanka were second with a run-rate of 6.05. Sri Lanka though, had the highest run-rate in the batting Powerplay (9.46) followed by New Zealand, who had a run-rate of 9.32.
268 - Most runs in boundaries for a batsman
Tillakaratne Dilshan, the tournament's highest run-getter, scored the most runs in boundaries (268) followed by Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 256 runs in fours and sixes. Among batsmen who scored at least 300 runs, Virender Sehwag scored the highest percentage of runs in boundaries (62.63) followed by Brad Haddin (57.22%).
61 and 14 - The most fours and sixes hit by a batsman
Dilshan hit 61 fours, the highest by any batsman. He is followed by Tendulkar and Upul Tharanga, who hit 52 fours each. Ross Taylor and Kieron Pollard were on top of the list of batsmen with the most sixes, with 14 and 11 sixes respectively.
122.58 - The highest strike rate for a batsman (minimum 300 runs scored)
Sehwag, who scored 380 runs in 310 balls, had the highest strike rate of 122.58. He was followed by AB de Villiers, who has a strike rate of 108.28.
14.62 - Highest scoring rate for a batsman in the batting Powerplay (min 40 runs scored)
de Villiers scored 78 runs in 32 balls in the batting Powerplay at a scoring rate of 14.62 runs per over. Kevin O'Brien and Pollard were next, with scoring rates of 14.40 and 12.58 respectively.
30.58 and 36.15 - The batting average of top-order (1-7) right-hand and left-hand batsmen
Top-order left-hand batsmen did better than right-hand batsmen in the tournament. They averaged much higher than their overall performance in all World Cups (32.57) while right-hand batsmen did slightly better than their overall average (29.88).
800 - The most runs scored by a batting pair
Dilshan and Tharanga put on 800 runs in the tournament with two century stands and three fifty partnerships. Their average of 100.00 was the highest among all batting pairs who aggregated at least 300 partnership runs in the World Cup.
91 - The most runs conceded by a bowler in an innings
James Anderson conceded 91 runs in the match against India in Bangalore, the highest by any bowler in the World Cup. Harvir Baidwan of Canada was next, having conceded 84 runs against New Zealand in Mumbai.
9 - The most maidens earned by a bowler
Tim Southee bowled nine maidens in the World Cup, the highest for any bowler. He was followed by Mitchell Johnson and Ray Price, who bowled seven maidens each.
4 - The most four-wicket hauls by a bowler
Shahid Afridi, the joint-highest wicket-taker in the tournament, picked up four four-wicket hauls. Sulieman Benn, Imran Tahir, Johnson and Brett Lee had two four-wicket hauls each.
30.73 and 31.51 - The bowling average of pace bowlers and spinners
Pace bowlers picked up 376 wickets at an average of 30.73, the sixth-best average for fast bowlers in all World Cups. Spinners picked up 290 wickets in the tournament, the most in any World Cup, at an average of 31.51.
8 - The most catches by a fielder
Mahela Jayawardene held eight catches, the highest by a fielder in the tournament. Dilshan, Jacques Kallis, Robin Peterson and Pollard were joint-second, with six catches each.
4 - The most Man-of-the-Match awards for a player
Yuvraj Singh, who scored 362 runs and picked up 15 wickets, became only the third player after Aravinda de Silva and Lance Klusener to win four Man-of-the-Match awards in one World Cup. He also became the fourth player and second Indian after Kapil Dev to achieve the double of 300 runs and ten wickets in a single World Cup.
1.04 - The win-loss ratio of teams batting first
Teams batting first won 24 matches and lost 23, giving them a fairly even win-loss ratio of 1.04. In 2007 the ratio had been exactly 1, with 25 wins for the team batting first and the team chasing. The 1987 World Cup proved to be a tournament when batting first was a distinct advantage (win-loss ratio of 2.37).