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Washed out: Groundsmen cover the pitch as rain disrupts a match in South Africa. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Washed out: Groundsmen cover the pitch as rain disrupts a match in South Africa. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Five World Cup Events that changed cricket

Five World Cup Events that changed cricket

South Africa’s rain-hit semi-final loss in 1992

Washed out: Groundsmen cover the pitch as rain disrupts a match in South Africa. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

• South Africa’s target if the D/L method had been used in the 1992 World Cup semi-final: five to win from one ball.

• South Africa miscalculated the D/L revised score in the 2003 World Cup and finished by blocking the last ball of a rain-curtailed match against Sri Lanka. They needed one run to win, and were eliminated from the tournament.

India’s victory in England in 1983

Top bowler: Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Individual records by Asian players in ODIs

Most runs: 17,629, Sachin Tendulkar, India

Most centuries: 46, Sachin Tendulkar, India

Highest partnership: 331, Sachin Tendulkar/Rahul Dravid, India vs New Zealand, 1999

Most wickets: 517, Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka

Best bowling: 8/19, Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 2001

Most five-wicket hauls: 13, Waqar Younis, Pakistan

Jonty Rhodes at the 1992 edition

Flying fielder: Jonty Rhodes redefined fielding skills with his acrobatic approach. Touchline Photo/Getty Images; Caught: Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

From Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan to India’s Yuvraj Singh and Australia’s Ricky Ponting, fielding had never been as glamorous before Rhodes went airborne.

Most catches in an ODI innings

Jonty Rhodes: Five vs West Indies, 1993

Most ODI catches in career

Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka: 168, 330 matches

Mohammed Azharuddin, India: 156, 334 matches

Ricky Ponting, Australia: 152, 352 matches

Jonty Rhodes: Five vs West Indies, 1993

Most ODI catches in career

Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka: 168, 330 matches

Mohammed Azharuddin, India: 156, 334 matches

Ricky Ponting, Australia: 152, 352 matches

Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana as openers

Blitzkrieg: Sanath Jayasuriya in action. Sunil Saxena/Hindustan Times

Highest opening partnerships in ODIs

Upul Tharanga/Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka): 286 vs England, 2006

James Marshall/Brendon McCullum (New Zealand): 274 vs Ireland, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar/Sourav Ganguly (India): 258 vs Kenya, 2001

Sachin Tendulkar/Sourav Ganguly (India): 252 vs Sri Lanka, 1998

Marvan Atapattu/Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka): 237 vs Australia, 2003

Best opening pair in ODIs with at least 1,500 runs

Sourav Ganguly/Sachin Tendulkar (India): 136 matches, 6,609 runs, 49.32 average

Matthew Hayden/Adam Gilchrist (Australia): 114 matches, 5,372 runs, 48.39 average

Gordon Greenidge/Desmond Haynes (West Indies): 102 matches, 5,150 runs, 52.55 average

Herschelle Gibbs/Gary Kirsten (South Africa): 66 matches, 2,838 runs, 46.52 average

Chris Gayle/Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies): 43 matches, 1,947 runs, 48.67 average

Australia’s 1999 win

Unbeaten: (above) Australia with the 1999 World Cup (AFP); and Ricky Ponting. Rajnish Katyal/Hindustan Times

Australia facts

Most victories as ODI captain: 122 matches, Ricky Ponting

Longest undefeated run in World Cups: 29 matches

Longest undefeated run in ODIs: 21 matches (excluding World Cups)

Australia’s record in ODIs pre- and post-1999

1971-1998: 406 matches, 220 won, 172 lost, three tied, 11 no result, 1.27 win/loss ratio

1999–2007: 263 matches, 192 won, 57 lost, five tied, nine no result, 3.36 win/loss ratio

rudraneil.s@livemint.com

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