Top 25 ODI Batsmen In World Cup Cricket

To find out the best ODI batsmen in World Cup cricket, we considered all the batsmen who had a chance of coming in the top 25 based on our criteria. We then judged the batsmen who qualified on the basis of four criteria to arrive at the final top 25 batsmen in World Cups. It is to be noted that we have mentioned only the final 25 batsmen in all the criteria to make things uncomplicated.

The Trend Setter (TS) is the batsmen who does the best in a criteria. It is not necessary that he is ranked among the top 25. However, his rating is taking as the benchmark.

All ratings are based on some basis. Our rating favours batsmen who have scored more runs at a high average and a good strike rate. Thus runs scored, average and strike rate are the most important criteria. It is to be noted that all stats in the article are till 31/12/2020. We will update the Rankings periodically. So, without further ado, lets find out who are the best ODI batsmen in World Cup cricket.

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This criteria gives points for number of runs scored away from home. Runs scored by batsmen in ODI cricket have increased with time as more cricket has been played. To make things fair, we have divided the time from when ODI cricket began into three eras. All batsmen who have made their debut from 1971 to 1984 come under ERA 1. All batsmen who have made their debut from 1985 to 1999 come under ERA 2. All batsmen who have made their debut after 1999 come under ERA 3.

Now, pay attention as this is a complicated feature of the rating:-

  • Sachin Tendulkar in ERA 2 has scored the most runs in World Cups, i.e. 2278. So he will get the maximum 300.00 points in this criteria. All batsmen in his era are given points as a ratio to his runs.
  • Javed Miandad has scored the most runs in ERA 1, i.e. 1083 runs. If we compare him to Sachin, he will only get 142.62 (1083/2278X300) points.
  • To allow batsmen of his era to compete in the rating, we took the percentage of the runs scored by Miandad compared to Sachin, i.e. 47.54%. We then arrived at the round figure of 50 (100% – 60%) and deducted it from the total points to arrive at a figure of 250.00 points for Miandad.
  • All batsmen in the ERA of Miandad will get points as a ratio to his runs and not of Sachin’s runs.
  • We have applied similar mathematics to all the Eras. I hope this has made things clear.

Note: To be a TS in Prolific, the batsman should have scored the maximum runs in his era.


In this criteria, points are given for your average in WC matches. Average of batsmen in ODI cricket has gone up with time. To negate this advantage, we found out the averages of all batsmen in the WCs a player was active. Also, we found out their averages against different opposition so that a player doesn’t get advantage of playing against weak oppositions. All this data was combined to get the Comparative Average or the C AVE. This average is the average of players who played in the same WCs as the batsman and against same oppositions.

We then found the Relative Average or R AVE. This average is: A batsman’s average divided by C AVE and then multiplied by 35. It may be considered as an average of a batsman if all batsmen played in the same era. A batsman can earn a maximum of 250.00 points for his R AVE.  Everyone else is given points according to their ratio of the average of Trend Setter (TS), i.e. the batsman with the best R AVE. To remind you again, it is not necessary that TS is among the top 25 batsmen.

Note: To be a TS in Consistent, the batsman should have the best R Average while scoring a minimum of 1,000 runs.


This criteria gives points for Strike Rates (SR). Like in Average, we have found the Comparative SRs of batsmen and then their Relative SRs. Points too are given in the same way. A maximum of 250.00 points can be earned for your R SR.

Note: To be a TS in Dominant, the batsman should have the best R Strike Rate while scoring a minimum of 1,000 runs at a R Ave of more than 30.


The last criteria; in which we found out the top 5 scores of a batsman in WC matches. Ave Big Score (BS) is simply the top 5 scores divided by 5. As in the Prolific criteria, we have split the batsmen in ERAs and given points accordingly.

Note: To be a TS in BIP, the batsman should have the best Average High Score in his era.


The total of the above four criteria comes out to be 1000.00 points. The World Cup Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the four criteria multiplied by 2. This is because in our final rating the value for WCs is out of 2,000. This way we keep our ratings consistent. So, here are the top 25 ODI batsmen in World Cup Cricket.

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