IMPACT ODDITIES

1979 WORLD CUP: GORDON GREENIDGE VS COLLIS KING

Greenidge scored the maximum runs (253 at 84 per dismissal), Richards had the best batting average (108) but it was Collis King, who played just 18 ODIs in his career, who eclipsed them to emerge as the highest impact batsman of the 1979 World Cup. 

1992 WORLD CUP: WASIM AKRAM VS ANDERSON CUMMINS

Wasim Akram picked up the maximum number of wickets - 18 in 10 matches at approximately 19 apiece but it was Anderson Cummins who emerged as the highest impact pace bowler and the second-highest overall of the 1992 World Cup.

2003 WORLD CUP: VASBERT DRAKES

Chaminda Vaas was the leading wicket taker with 23 wickets, Andy Bichel picked his 16 at 12 apiece - the best bowling average, but the highest impact bowler in the 2003 World Cup was the right-arm West Indian fast bowler, Vasbert Drakes (number 8 on the wickets-tally list) with the second-highest propensity to take wickets in the tournament.

1996 WORLD CUP: SANATH JAYASURIYA- THE BOWLER

Sanath Jayasuriya picked up just 7 wickets in the 1996 World Cup at 33 apiece. He was at number 19 on the wickets-tally list, yet emerged as the highest impact bowler of the tournament.

1996 WORLD CUP: SACHIN TENDULKAR VS BRIAN LARA

Sachin Tendulkar was the leading run-scorer of the 1996 World Cup scoring 523 runs at a batting average of 87. Brian Lara was at number 10 on the runs tally charts and scored just 269 runs from 6 innings at an average of 54. Yet, amazingly, Lara had almost the same impact as Tendulkar.

1999 WORLD CUP: GAVIN HAMILTON

Gavin Hamilton was the second-highest impact batsman of the 1999 World Cup. He was second only to Steve Waugh in the tournament.

1987 WORLD CUP: NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU

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.

1983 WORLD CUP: SANDEEP PATIL

He was at number 16 in runs tally and languishing at number 34 in batting averages. Kapil Dev, Yashpal Sharma and Mohinder Amarnath scored more runs for India. But still Sandeep Patil emerged as the highest impact Indian batsman of the 1983 World Cup (and second overall to Vivian Richards).

1996 WORLD CUP: ASANKA GURUSINHA

Aravinda de Silva was the highest impact batsman, Tendulkar topped the runs aggregate charts in the tournament but the performances of another high impact batsman went unnoticed in the 1996 World Cup.

VIVIAN RICHARDS VS GARY GILMOUR

Vivian Richards' 119 and 5/41 had a lower impact than Gary Gilmour's 28 and 6/14.

2011 WORLD CUP: SACHIN TENDULKAR VS WAHAB RIAZ

Tendulkar got the Man of the Match award and the maximum attention but the highest impact player of the high-voltage 2011 World Cup semi-final was the left-arm Pakistani seamer, Wahab Riaz.

STUART BROAD- THE BATSMAN

A bowling all-rounder from England with a batting average of 24 recorded the 4th highest impact batting performance in his country's Test cricket history. 

HIGHEST STRIKE RATE IMPACT INNINGS IN ODI HISTORY

The fastest century in ODI history does not have the highest Strike Rate Impact. In fact it is at number 9 on the list.

2005 ASHES: SHANE WARNE- THE BATSMAN

The highest impact Australian batsman in the 2005 classic Ashes series was Shane Warne.

ICONIC SERIES, UNEXPECTED CONTRIBUTOR

Shaun Pollock was the highest impact batsman in the famous 5-match ODI series against Australia in 2006 which culminated with the world-record 434 chase.

BRIAN LARA'S 400 AND 375 ARE NOT HIS HIGHEST IMPACT TEST INNINGS

His 213 and 153 not out in back-to-back Tests against Australia in 1999 are.

RAHUL DRAVID'S 72 HAD A HIGHER IMPACT THAN HIS 233

In the famous Adelaide Test in 2003 against Australia that India won, Dravid's second innings unbeaten 72 had a higher impact than his first innings 233.

JAYASURIYA'S HIGHEST TEST SCORE OF 340 IS NOT HIS HIGHEST IMPACT INNINGS

Sanath Jayasuriya's highest Test score of 340 against India in 1997 was lower impact than the 73 runs he made in two innings against Pakistan in 2000.

SEHWAG GOT THE MAN-OF-THE MATCH AWARD AND TENDULKAR THE MOST PRESS

Sehwag got the Man-of-the Match award and Tendulkar the most press but neither was the highest impact player in the India-England Chennai Test of 2008 where India chased down 387 to win.