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...This was Australia's 18th tournament victory in LOIs, the maximum by any team. India has won 17 LOI tournaments.

...Australia joins the West Indies as only the second team to win the WC twice

...Glen McGrath and Shoaib Akhtar have taken the same number of wickets (16) for the same number of runs (354), at an average of 22.12. Both have bowled six maidens.
Shoaib's wickets have come in 10.1 fewer overs than McGrath's.

...Shoaib's figures of 3 for 55 is the worst bowling performance by any player who has won a man of the match award in LOI history. The previous two worst bowling performances came from India's Chetan Sharma (3 for 51) against New Zealand at Nagpur on October 31, 1987 in the WC. Sharma had claimed a hat-trick and won the award jointly with Sunil Gavaskar.

Australian Brendon Julian won the award with 3 for 50 against England at Lord's on May 23, 1993. In all three instances, none of the players got a chance to bat or take a catch.

...Anil Kumble's catch of Chris Cairns makes him the fielder with the most catches (13) in the Cup . Clive Lloyd and Desmond Haynes, Kapil Dev, Graeme Hick and Cairns himself have taken 12 catches each.

...Mohd Azharuddin was captain for the 23rd time in a World Cup, bettering the record of Pakistan's Imran Khan (22 matches).

...Srinath now has 28 WC wickets, equalling Kapil Dev's record for most wickets by an Indian in the Cup.

...Wasim Akram recorded the 22nd duck of his career on Friday. The most ducks in LOIs by any batsman.

...Geoff Allott's wicket of Herschelle Gibbs was his 19th of this tournament. This makes him the highest wicket taker in a single Cup. The previous record holders with 18 wickets each: India's Roger Binny in 1983, Australia's Craig McDermott in 1987 and Pakistan's Wasim Akram in 1992.

...Venkatesh Prasad's 5-27 was the best figures by an Indian bowler in the Cup. The previous best was 5-31 by Robin Singh against Sri Lanka at Taunton on May 26.

...Sadagoppan Ramesh became the tenth opening partner of Sachin Tendulkar in LOIs.
The others being: AjayJadeja, Manoj Prabhakar, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Vikram Rathour, Nayan Mongia, Sujit Somasundar, Sourav Ganguly, Sanjay Manjrekar and WV Raman.

...By winning four Man of the Match awards, 'Zulu' Lance Klusener equals Sri Lankan Aravinda de Silva's record in the 1996 World Cup.

...Inzamam ul Haq's run-out was the 30th of his career. He now joins India's Azharuddin and Sri Lankan Arjuna Ranatunga in the number two slot among batsman with 30 run-outs in their career.
Wasim Akram has the maximum run-outs - 31. On run-out frequency, Inzi is far ahead than any contemporary batsman - at 19.48%.
South African Dave Richardson had a RO frequency of 36.36% (16 run-outs in 44 dismissed innings).

...The 21 runs conceded by Shane Warne to Robin Singh (6,2,6,1) and Ajay Jadeja (6,0) was the maximum by any Australian bowler in an over in the WC

...This was the tenth duck of Sachin Tendulkar's career in his 216th match and his first in the WC after 20 matches.
It was also Tendulkar's first duck against the Australians in 22 matches.

...Ridley Jacobs (49*) by carrying his bat through the West Indies innings became only the fourth batsman in LOI history to achieve this rare feat.

The other three are Zimbabwean Grant Flower (84*/205) against England at Sydney on 15-12-1994; Pakistani Saeed Anwar (103*/219) against Zimbabwe at Harare on 22-2-1995 and Englishman Nick Knight (125*/246) against Pakistan at Nottingham on 1-9-1996.

...Chris Harris's 3.1-0-7-4 against Scotland are the best by a bowler in the WC, bettering the 10-5-8-4 by Englishman Chris Old against Canada at Manchester in 1979.

...Ganguly's 40 and the three wickets in the match is the best all-round performance by an Indian against England in LOIs.

...The match between West Indies and Scotland lasted just three hours, making it the shortest ever in LOI and WC history.
The previous shortest LOI? When Australia beat India at Sydney on January 8, 1981. The match lasted 3 hours, 26 minutes. The shortest WC match -- when England beat Canada on June 14, 1979. The match lasted 3 hours, 35 minutes.

...For the first time in World Cup history all ten batsmen (from New Zealand) were dismissed, caught in an innings.

...Sachin Tendulkar won the 33rd man of the match award of his career at Bristol on Sunday. It was his fifth such prize in the World Cup. Viv Richards and Graham Gooch have also won 5 MoM awards in the World Cup.

...The last occasion Klusener was dismissed was on 17-2-1999 against New Zealand at Christchurch when he was dismissed for a duck (in 3 balls). Since in the last eight matches his scores have been: 103* (in 132 balls); did not bat; 35* (19); 13* (7); 35* (26); 12* (4); 52* (45) and now 48* (40) in this match. This means in the last eight matches and seven innings Klusener has scored 298 runs without being dismissed and has a strike-rate of 109 runs per 100 balls. Just for the record, during this period he has also taken 12 wickets (avg 17.50)

...Wasim Akram's unbeaten 37 in 19 balls (S/r: 194.73 runs per 100 balls) was one of the fastest individual innings played in the World Cup. Kapil Dev scored 33 runs in 16 balls (S/r: 206.25) against New Zealand at Dunedin in 1992.

...Ajit Agarkar's bowling figures of 9-0-70-1 was the second most expensive bowling in a WC match by an Indian after Karsan Ghavri's 11-1-83-0 against England at Lord's in 1975.

...the 51 extras conceded by India against Zimbabwe is a new record in World Cup history. It erases the previous record set by Pakistan (42) against New Zealand in 1992.

...149 wides have been bowled in the first six matches of the World Cup so far.

...Darren Gough captured his 100th LOI wicket in his 62nd match. He is now the seventh quickest among bowlers in terms of least matches. Pakistani Saqlain Mushtaq needed just 53 matches to achieve this milestone. For the record, Ian Botham needed 75 matches, while Phil de Freitas required 87 matches.

...Saurav Ganguly (97 at Hove) is the fourth Indian after Azharuddin (93), Tendulkar (90) and Sidhu (93) to be dismissed in the nineties in the World Cup.

...For the first time in World Cup history the opening match did not have an individual hundred.

...By dismissing Hashan Tillekeratne, Mark Ealham became the first bowler to take a wicket off his very first ball in the World Cup.

...David Houghton of Zimbabwe has the worst captaincy record in the World Cup. Zimbabwe lost 13 of the 14 matches they played under him. Duleep Mendis of Sri Lanka follows closely with 11 defeats in 12 matches.

...Headingley, England, has hosted the most number of World Cup matches (8).

...Lance and Chris Cairns (New Zealand) and Don and Derek Pringle are the only father and son pairs to have played the World Cup. The Pringles played for different teams though; Chris for East Africa, Derek for England.

...The 1996 final was the first time when the side batting second (Sri Lanka) chased the target and won.

...Ian Gould, who kept wickets for England in all 7 matches in 1983, never played a single Test. Steve Palframan kept wickets in 1996, but never played a single Test for South Africa.

...Vivian Richards (West Indies) and Graham Gooch (England) have won the maximum man-of-the-match awards (5) in World Cup history.

...Richard Hadlee (New Zealand) has bowled the maximum number of maidens (38) in 13 World Cup matches. Asanka Gurusinghe (Sri Lanka) has bowled most number of overs (53) without a maiden in 12 World Cup matches.

...In the 1979 World Cup final, 5 English batsmen were dismissed for a duck. A world record.

...The only non-West Indian to play in three World Cup finals was Graham Gooch of England. He played in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 finals.

...England is the only team to have reached the knock-out stage in all six World Cups. They have also reached the finals, without any success on three occasions in '79,'87 & '92.

...Sunil Gavaskar's snail-paced innnings of 36 against England in the 1975 World Cup is considered to be the slowest innings in any World Cup match, but Mohsin Khan of Pakistan has the unique distinction of having played the slowest innings in terms of balls faced. He scored his 70 in 176 balls outscoring Sunil Gavaskar who scored 36 in 174 balls.

...Vivian Richards, Rameez Raja and Mark Waugh have the unique distinction of having scored three hundreds in the World Cup. Mark Waugh's feat is even more commendable because he scored all his three hundreds in a single World Cup tournament (1996).

... Steve Waugh of Australia has the maximum number of not-outs (7) in the World Cup followed by Indian speedster Javagal Srinath with 6.

...Kapil Dev holds the record for most number of catches (12) alongwith Clive Lloyd and Desmond Haynes in the World Cup. Clive Lloyd took just 17 matches to get to the top of the list while Desmond Haynes followed with 25 matches and Kapil Dev took 26 matches to get there.

… it was not Jayasuriya, Sachin Tendulkar or even Ajay Jadeja who hit the most number of sixes in the 1996 World Cup. It was a southpaw from Sri Lanka, Asanka Gurusinghe who hit the highest number of sixes (11) in that World Cup. Sanath Jayasuriya came a close second with 8 sixes in as many matches(6).

...Gary Gilmour of Australia and Asantha De Mel of Sri Lanka are the only two bowlers in the World Cup to have taken 5 wickets in an innings twice. Surprisingly Gary Gilmour has played only two World Cup matches in 1975 at an economy rate of 2.58 with a bowling performance of 6-14 against England in the 1975 semi-finals.

… Krish Srikkanth has the honor of having scored the maximum number of ducks in the World Cup and Kapil Dev has played the maximum number of matches (26) without scoring a duck. A gentleman by the name of Sir Vivian Richards comes a close second with 23 matches.