Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Simply the Best? Where Does Guptill Stand in History of World Cup Innings?

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Simply the Best? Where Does Guptill Stand in History of World Cup Innings?

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CRICKET: Batsmen have come a long way since the first World Cup in 1975 when legendary Sunil Gavaskar carried his bat through an entire innings for India ... and scored 36. Remember, it was 60 overs per side back then.

Thirty-seven of the 164 Cups hundreds have now been struck at this 2015 tournament, including the first two double centuries in a World Cup.

While the whirlwind 162 by AB de Villiers against Zimbabwe was breathtaking, and Chris Gayle's 215 against Zimbabwe was brilliant, Martin Guptill's unbeaten 237 against the West Indies was arguably the best knock we have ever seen at a World Cup.

APN's TERRY MALLINDER looks back at a dozen of the best.

CLIVE LLOYD (WI)

102no (85 balls)

1975 - Final (Lord's)

Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thompson and Gary Gilmour had the West Indies in trouble at 3-50. Enter the Super Cat to help guide his side to 291 and the first World Cup, the Aussies falling 17 runs short.

VIV RICHARDS (WI)

138 (157 balls)

1979 - Final (Lord's)

A pedestrian knock by today's standards, but it was just the second ton of the tournament, and ensured the West Indies would successfully defend their title, scoring 9-286 to beat England by 92 runs.

KAPIL DEV (IND)

175no (138 balls)

1983 - Pool (Tunbridge Wells)

Minnows Zimbabwe, which had upset Australia, had India in all sorts at 5-17, before the great all-rounder saved the day. India would go on and win its first Cup.

VIV RICHARDS (WI)

181 (125 balls)

1987 - Pool (Karachi)

The Master Blaster mauled the Sri Lankan attack as the West Indies racked up 4-360. Richards' score was 12 more than the Lankans' entire total.

GARY KIRSTEN (SA)

188no (159 balls)

1996 - Pool (Rawalpindi)

The opener's innings against the UAE stood as the highest Cup score until this year. It featured 13 fours and four sixes as the Proteas amassed 2-321 and won by 169 runs. …

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