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Highest Individual Scores in Cricket World Cup history

Martin Guptill's unbeaten 237 off 163 balls.
Martin Guptill's unbeaten 237 off 163 balls.

Martin Guptill of New Zealand holds the record for the highest individual score in Cricket World Cup history. In the 2015 edition of the tournament, he made the record his own against Windies. He scored an unbeaten 237 from 163 balls that included 24 fours and 11 sixes. In the Quarte-Final match in Wellington, New Zealand scored 393/6 batting first while Windies was bowled out for 250.

Prior to Guptill, Chris Gayle held that record when he scored 215 against Zimbabwe in the same edition of the World Cup. His knock came from 147 balls with 10 fours and 16 sixes. With that innings, he became the first batsman to score a double hundred in the World Cup. But Gayle’s record lasted for less than a month only as Guptill smashed that record against his team.

For a very long time, South Africa’s Gary Kirsten was the proud owner of the highest individual score in Cricket World Cup history. His knock of 188 against Windies in the 1996 World Cup stood at the top for long until 2015.

Highest Individual Scores in Cricket World Cup
Player Runs Balls 4s 6s S/R Team Against Venue Date
Martin Guptill 237* 163 24 11 145.39  New Zealand  Windies Westpac Stadium, Wellington 21-Mar-15
Chris Gayle 215 147 10 16 146.26  West Indies  Zimbabwe Manuka Oval, Canberra 24-Feb-15
Gary Kirsten 188* 159 13 4 118.23  South Africa  United Arab Emirates Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi 16-Feb-96
Sourav Ganguly 183 158 17 7 115.82  India  Sri Lanka County Ground, Taunton 26-May-99
Viv Richards 181 125 16 7 144.8  West Indies  Sri Lanka National Stadium, Karachi 13-Oct-87
David Warner 178 133 19 5 133.83  Australia  Afghanistan WACA Ground, Perth 4-Mar-15
Kapil Dev 175* 138 16 6 126.81  India  Zimbabwe Nevill Ground, Royal Tunbridge Wells 18-Jun-83
Virender Sehwag 175 140 14 5 125  India  Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka 19-Feb-11
Craig Wishart 172* 151 18 3 113.9  Zimbabwe  Namibia Harare Sports Club, Harare 10-Feb-03
Glenn Turner 171* 201 16 2 85.07  New Zealand  East Africa Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham 7-Jun-75


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