Odds and ends from the World Cup

We know that Kumar Sangakkara now holds the record for the most consecutive centuries in all ODI cricket (not just in the World Cup):


As you can see, the previous record was 3 by various people. No one scored more than two in a row in the World Cup. R. Dravid was one of them.

We now look at the records for dismissals in World Cup matches as on Mar 11:

Sangakkara:      54 dis, 41 ct, 13 st

Gilchrist             52 dis, 45 ct,   7 st

McCullum          33 dis, 30 ctw, 2 st, 1 ctf

Boucher             31 dis, 31 ct, 0 ct

Moin Khan         30 dis, 23 ct, 7 st

Ponting              28 dis, 28 ctf

Dhoni                 26 dis, 21 ct, 5 st

Ramdin              25 dis, 25 ct, 0 st

We can expect Sangakkara and Dhoni to add a few more in the course of the tournament, besides McCullum (now not keeping), Dhoni and Ramdin. But Sangakkara’s total of 54 dismissals and 13 stumpings are likely to stand for a long time,while he may also cross Gilchrist’s total of 45 catches.

Ponting’s 28 catches as a fielder may also be a record for a long time. The next in line is Jayasuriya with 18. No current fielder is even close.

Guess which fielder has taken the most catches as a fielder in this World Cup? Umesh Yadav with 7.

Soumya Sarkar from Bangladesh took 4 catches in an innings (vs Scotland) to equal the World Cup record of 4 by Mohammed Kaif against Sri Lanka in 2003.

There is a strange symmetry here as the record is shared by a Hindu from Bangladesh and a Muslim from India. Also remember the only Hindu to score a hat-trick in Tests is Alok Kapali from Bangladesh. India does have Harbhajan Singh as the only Sikh to take a hat-trick, besides Irfan Pathan.