If you ask any batsman to list the objectives in their cricketing career – scoring a world cup century is almost a mandate on everyone’s list.

Yes, World Cup hundreds are always special, and only very few players have enjoyed it more than once in their careers.

In fact, Sachin Tendulkar has 6 World Cup centuries in his 6 World Cup appearances – the most by anyone on this planet.

But when it comes to scoring as many hundreds in a single world cup, Sachin has been left behind by few.

So, who scored the most number of hundreds in a single ODI World Cup tournament?

Rohit Sharma has hit 5 Centuries in World Cup 2019, the maximum number of centuries by any batsman in a single edition of the World Cup.

And here is the list of players who have scored more than 2 100s in a single edition of the 50-overs World Cup.

Most Centuries in a Single ODI World Cup

BATSMENCOUNTRYHUNDREDSYEAR
ROHIT SHARMAIND52019
KUMAR SANGAKKARASL42015
QUINTON DE KOCK SA42023
MARK WAUGHAUS31996
SOURAV GANGULYIND32003
MATTHEW HAYDENAUS32007
DAVID WARNERAUS32019
VIRAT KOHLIIND32023
RACHIN RAVINDRANZ32023
GLENN TURNERNZ21975
GEOFF MARSHAUS21987
DAVID BOONAUS21992
RAMEEZ RAJAPAK21992
ARAVINDA DE SILVASL21996
SACHIN TENDULKARIND21996
RAHUL DRAVIDIND21999
SAEED ANWARPAK21999
MARVAN ATTAPATTUSL22003
RICKY PONTINGAUS22003
SANATH JAYASURIYASL22007
KEVIN PIETERSONENG22007
AB DE VILLIERSSA22011
TILLAKARATNE DISLSHANSL22011
MAHELA JAYAWARDENESL22011
RYAN TEN DOESCHATENL22011
SACHIN TENDULKARIND22011
UPUL THARANGASL22011
SHIKHAR DHAWANIND22015
TILLAKARATNE DILSHANSL22015
MARTIN GUPTILLNZ22015
MAHMUDULLAHBAN22015
BRENDAN TAYLORZIM22015
JONNY BAIRSTOWENG22019
AARON FINCHAUS22019
JOE ROOTENG22019
SHAKIB AL HASANBAN22019
KANE WILLIAMSONNZ22019
RASSIE VAN DER DUSSENSA22023
DAVID WARNERAUS22023

Key Stats

Kumar Sangakkara, in the 2015 World Cup, scored 4 centuries in a row against Bangladesh (105*), England (117*), Australia (104) and Scotland (124).

With that, Sangakkara is the first and the only batsman to score 4 consecutive hundreds in ODI (leave aside World Cup).

sangakkara four consecutive centuries in a row
Kumar Sangakkara (Source – Chronicle)

Before all that, the Australian batsman – Mark Waugh in 1996, became the first-ever batsman to score 3 Centuries in a single edition of the world cup, who was then equaled by the Indian captain Sourav Ganguly in 2003 and Australia’s Mathew Hayden in 2007.

Besides that, there are 23 other times batsmen have scored 2 Centuries in a single world cup (check the above list).

Sachin Tendulkar and Tillakaratne Dilshan achieved this unique feat of getting twice into this list.

Sachin, in 1996 & 2011, and Dilshan, in 2011 & 2015, scored two hundred-scores in two editions of WC.

Other Sachin World Cup hundreds came in 1999 against Kenya and 2003 against Namibia.

Note: Sachin missed another century in the 2003 World Cup in the match against Pakistan by just 2 runs. Shoaib Akhtar dismissed him at 98.

And, like Sachin, Ricky Ponting, the two times World Cup-winning captain, also has scored centuries in 4 editions of the World Cup (1996, 2003, 2007 & 2011).

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Ponting, in total, has got 5 (twice in 2003) centuries in 5 ODI World Cup appearances.

Conclusion

As I mentioned in the pre-tournament analysis of ODI World Cup 2019, this edition was expected to be the best chance for any batsmen in top form to get into the record tables, thanks to its round-robin format.

And, as expected, Rohit Sharma, with his otherworldly performance in the league stage, tops the above chart even before the commencement of the knock out stages.

You can also check the top 10 batsmen with the most runs in a single ODI World Cup!

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