World Cup by the numbers
The World Cup in numbers ahead of the start of the 2015 tournament on Saturday:
991 – Kumar Sangakkara has scored 991 World Cup runs for Sri Lanka in 30 matches across the 2003, 2007 and 2011 tournaments, making him the highest run-scorer heading into the 2015 event.
210 – The total number of players who will take part in the tournament.
83.63 – Injured Australia skipper Michael Clarke’s average in World Cup matches. In 15 innings, Clarke has scored 669 runs and has a strike rate of 93.57. It’s the highest average of any 2015 player, and the third highest of all time. The next highest current player on the list is Clarke’s teammate Shane Watson, who has averaged 62.14 in his 12 Cup innings.
49 – The number of matches to be played between February 14 and the final on March 29.
46 – Sangakkara also enters the 2015 World Cup with the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper, having taken 36 catches and executed 10 stumpings. He only needs seven more dismissals to overtake Adam Gilchrist on the all-time World Cup ‘keeper list.
43 – The age of the oldest player named, United Arab Emirates vice-captain Khurram Khan. The 43-year-old was born on June 21, 1971, edging out the tournament’s second oldest player, his teammate and captain Mohammad Tauqir, who turned 43 on January 14.
33 – The most experienced World Cup player set to play in this year’s tournament is Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene, who has played 33 matches across the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 tournaments.
31 – Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga has snared 31 wickets in his 15 World Cup matches, including his best numbers of 6-38. He enters the 2015 event with the most World Cup wickets of any current player.
23 – The number of years since Australia and New Zealand last hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup
18 – The age of the youngest player named, Afghanistan’s 18-year-old Usman Ghani, who was born on November 20, 1996. The youngest person to ever play in a World Cup was Canada’s Nitish Kumar, who was 16 during the 2011 tournament.
17.87 – Malinga also has the lowest World Cup average out of all of the bowlers named for the 2015 tournament. He is fourth on the all-time lowest averages list.
14 – The number of teams competing for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, including first-timers Afghanistan. It is also the number of host cities across Australia and New Zealand.
5 – The number of 2015 players who have previously tasted World Cup glory: India’s MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina (all winners in 2011) and Australia’s Michael Clarke and Shane Watson (in 2007). Ravichandran Ashwin was in India’s 2011 squad, and Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin were part of Australia’s 2007 squad, but the trio did not play in their nations’ winning finals – ensuring they will be hungrier than ever for success in 2015.
2 – The number of players who have played for more than one country at the Cricket World Cup. Both have played for Ireland and England — Ed Joyce represented England in 2007 and Ireland in 2011 and now 2015, while Eoin Morgan has conversely represented Ireland in 2007, but was playing for England four years later in 2011 and will captain England’s squad in 2015.
1 – One champion will be crowned on 29 March 2015 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground