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Top 10 Best Averages In The ODI World Cup History

image-lnhueaowRassie Van Der Dussen have the highest average among the current players in World Cups

The ODI World Cup is known to be the biggest ICC event. Not everyone gets to represent their nation at the World Cup, but those who get this opportunity are known to be the best ones. Being consistent is the key to excelling in a tournament like the ODI World Cup. And the sport being batting-oriented, we have the top batters with breathtaking averages at the World Cup. 

Let us look at the top 10 batters with the highest averages with a minimum of 10 matches in the ODI World Cup history:

Lance Klusener

image-lnn7w54bLance Klusener (Twitter)

Lance Klusener was one of the prominent all-rounders not just among the South Africans but also in the whole cricket world. Klusener rose to popularity when he showcased his all-round skills at the 1999 World Cup. He smashed 281 runs and took 17 wickets as well for which he was awarded with the Player of the Tournament. 

His baseball-like back-lift was enough to scare the bowlers and with a blistering average of 123 in the World Cup matches, he is the one with the highest average in the ODI World Cup history having played 14 games across two World Cups. 

Andrew Symonds

image-lnn7ws87Andrew Symonds

Andrew Symonds, one of the Australian greats who would have hit any delivery flawlessly into the stands. He featured for the Australian team in two World Cups, and both of them were won by the Australian team. During his time at the World Cups, Symonds managed to score 515 runs.

Symonds had an amazing time at both the World Cups and especially in 2003, where he played one of his best knocks in ODI cricket, smashing 143 not out against Pakistan. With 18 games across two World Cups, Symonds with an amazing average of 103 has the second-best in the ODI World Cup history.

Rassie Van Der Dussen

image-lnn6ks9yRassie Van Der Dussen (Twitter)

Another South African, Rassie Van Der Dussen has the third-best average in the history of ODI World Cups. Even in his opening game of the ongoing 2023 World Cup, Rassie smashed a blistering century against Sri Lanka. This World Cup is his second with the 2019 one being his first. 

He has completed 10 ODI World Cup matches and has scored 419 runs including one century and three half-centuries. He has at least eight more games in this World Cup and with the third-best average of 69.83 among the players with 10 or more matches, he is going to be one of the key players for the Proteas. 

Ridley Jacobs

image-lnn6mvnrRidley Jacobs (Twitter)

Ridley Jacobs, one of the best wicket-keeper batters West Indies have ever produced has the fourth-highest average in the ODI World Cup history. With the elegance of a left-handed batter and the power of Caribbeans, he got to feature in two World Cups.

With 11 World Cup games under his belt, he smashed 270 runs with a blistering average of 67.50. He managed to smash three 50+ scores and also registered his best ODI score of 80 not out in the World Cup only.

Ben Stokes 

image-lnn7cf3cBen Stokes (Twitter)

One of the best all-rounders of modern-day cricket, Ben Stokes who helped England lift their maiden ODI World Cup trophy in 2019. Until now, he has featured in just one World Cup and is on the cards of appearing in his second edition of the World Cup. 

In the 2019 World Cup, he got to play 11 games and smashed 465 runs with the fifth-highest average of 66.42 in the ODI World Cup history. With five 50+ scores, he scripted history along with his teammates to become the first English team to lift the ODI World Cup.

Rohit Sharma

image-lnn7updtRohit Sharma (Twitter)

Rohit Sharma, who missed out on the 2011 World Cup and that too where the Indian team lifted the trophy, is leading India at the 2023 World Cup. After he started opening the innings, he became one of the best white-ball cricketers in the World. Before this World Cup, he has been part of the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

With 19 games in the World Cups, he has scored 1109 runs including six tons and three half-centuries. He averages 65.23, which is one of the best in the World Cups and the ability to hit sixes he possesses is just remarkable.

AB De Villiers

image-lnn7digsAB De Villiers (Twitter)

ABD, also known as the Mr. 360 degrees, was one of the best cricketers in the world. If one thing he would have asked from his career, it would be the World Cup trophy which he couldn't get despite his brilliant efforts. 

He featured in three World Cups for South Africa from 2007 to 2015 and played 23 games. He has 1207 World Cup runs including four centuries and six half-centuries with a blistering average of 63.52, which is one of the best in the World Cups.

Michael Clarke 

image-lnn7ed75Michael Clarke (Twitter)

The 2015 World Cup-winning captain, Michael Clarke, was one of the best cricketers Australia have seen over the last few decades. He appeared for the Kangaroos in three World Cup editions from 2007 to 2015 and won two of them. 

With 25 World Cup matches under his belt, he managed to score 888 runs, with eight half-centuries including the highest score of 92 not out. His average of 63.42 is rated among the best averages in the ODI World Cup history. 

Vivian Richards

image-lnn7lzq2Vivian Richards (Twitter)

Sir Vivian Richards, who was the stalwart of West Indies cricket and the one who is highly reputed by the current players even after decades. The legend was a part of all the West Indies's squads that participated in the World Cups from 1975 to 1987. 

He got to play 23 games and scored over 1,000 runs in the World Cups. With three centuries and five half-centuries, he helped the Caribbeans lift the World Cup twice in the years 1975 and 1979. His average of 63.31 is rated one of the highest averages in the World Cup history.

Rahul Dravid

image-lnn7bn4gRahul Dravid (Twitter)

The wall of cricket, Rahul Dravid is one of the greatest Indian cricketers. He is currently the head coach of the Indian team who just started their 2023 World Cup campaign. The right-hander was a part of three editions of the World Cup from 1999 to 2007 and he led the team in the 2007 edition. 

He featured in 22 World Cup games and scored 860 runs including two centuries and six half-centuries with the highest score of 145. His average of 61.42 is among the highest averages in World Cup history.

*These averages in the ODI World Cup history are based on a minimum of 10 matches*