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From Rohit Sharma to Sachin Tendulkar: Most Centuries Scored In Cricket World Cup

image-lk7og676Rohit Sharma scored 5 centuries in 2019 CWC alone [Source: Twitter]

The World Cup remains the pinnacle of cricket, and every batter wants to perform well on the biggest stage of them all. Scoring a century in any format is an achievement however, registering a hundred in a world cup is even more special. 

Throughout the Cricket World Cups, we have witnessed batters slam hundreds in various fashions, styles, and approaches, making it a treat for fans. With the scoring rates ever-evolving and batting-friendly rules in ODIs, the cap on how much a batter can score is unfathomable. 

In this list, we look at the Top 5 players who have scored the most centuries in world cups and have absorbed the pressure and outshines others on the grandest stage multiple times:

Rohit Sharma (7)

image-lk7pysspRohit Sharma scored five hundred in 2019 CWC [Source: Twitter]

Indian captain Rohit Sharma peaked form in the 2019 World Cup in England, where his batting prowess overshadowed everyone else. Sharma, playing only his second World Cup, slammed as many as five centuries during the tournament, itching his name in the history book as the player with the most tons in a single edition of WC. 

The 36-year-old registered his maiden WC century in the 2015 edition. Overall, in 28 matches, Sharma has scored 1575 runs with seven centuries between 2015-2023. 

Sachin Tendulkar (6)

image-lk7psaeuSachin Tendulkar played six WCs editions [Source: Twitter]

The master who needs no introduction.

India's Sachin Tendulkar rules almost every WC and non-WC batting chart. Tendulkar, who featured in six WCs from 1992 to 2011, finished as the leading run-getter in the competition, making 2,278 runs, with include six tons, which have come in 45 matches as compared to Sharma's 17. 

Fun Fact: The former India captain also has the most fifties in the tournament (15). 

Kumar Sangakkara (5)

image-lk7pwszrKumar Sangakkara scored four consecutive centuries in WC 2015 [Source:Twitter]

Sri Lanka's talismanic wicket-keeper batter, Kumar Sangakkara occupies the third position with five tons. Sangakkara, known for his style and effortless shot-making skills, played four WCs and finished with 1,532 runs in 37 matches, which include four consecutive hundreds in the 2015 World Cup edition. 

The former Lankan captain ended the 2015 edition with 541 runs at an staggering average of 108.20. 

Ricky Ponting (5)

image-lk7psupmRicky Ponting scored five WC tons between 1996-2011 [Source: Twitter]

A rival to Tendulkar's supremacy, Ponting came into this own in the 2003 World Cup and then reached greater heights as a batter. Ponting in 46 matches, the two-time World Cup-winning captain recorded five hundred and amassed 1,743 runs between 1996 and 2011. Overall, Ponting won three WCs, as a player in 1999 and two as captain (2003 and 2007).

David Warner (4)

image-lk7ptks7David Warner scored 3 centuries in 2019 WC [Source: Twitter]

A modern-day legend, David Warner's contribution to Australian cricket is immeasurable. Warner, who has played just two World Cups, has already struck four centuries in 18 matches and has 992 runs under his belt. Warner finished the 2019 World Cup with 647 runs, and hit three tons, only behind Sharma, who led by 648. 

Other batters like Sourav Ganguly, AB de Villiers, Mark Waugh, Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Mahela Jayawardene have also scored four centuries.