Ten batsmen had a higher runs tally and batting average (minimum of 4 innings), yet Navjot Singh Sidhu was the second-highest impact batsman of the 1987 World Cup.

He was the highest impact Indian batsman of the 1987 World Cup, co-hosted by India and Pakistan and second only to Graham Gooch overall.

Although at number 10 in runs-aggregate and batting averages, he was brilliantly consistent and did not fail even once in the 5 matches he batted. He also scored the maximum proportion of runs and displayed the best ability to absorb pressure (of falling wickets) for India.

73 in 79 balls against Australia (highest score for India) in Madras (chasing 270, India fell short by one run) and 75 in 71 balls (from 11 for 1 which became 16 for 2 and then 21 for 3) in a victorious encounter against New Zealand in Bangalore were his stand-out performances in the tournament.

Nikhil Narain
NOTE: This piece is up-to-date as of August 2016