The ICC ODI World Cup has been the biggest stage in cricket for batsmen. The tournament is held every four years between top cricketing nations in the world. The ODI World Cup is watched all around the globe and every batsman wants to help his team lift the trophy.
However, it is not easy to play in a World Cup with the pressure of expectations and responsibilities on the player's shoulder. But some players have stepped up at the right moment and cherished batting in the tournament. Check a special set of batsmen with the highest ODI World Cup average, minimum of 500 runs scored:
AB De Villiers
South African batsman AB De Villiers is considered one of the cricketers in the modern era. He has played three World Cups from 2007 to 2015 but failed to lift the trophy. He was very emotional when South Africa lost the semifinal of the 2015 World Cup.
AB De Villiers has played 23 World Cup matches and scored 1207 runs at an average of 63.52. His knocks included four centuries and six half-centuries at a strike rate of 117.29. He holds the third spot in the list of batsmen with the highest average in World Cups.
To date, Rohit Sharma has played just two World Cup games in 2015 and 2019. But the 34-year-old had an impressive 2019 World Cup and he was the top run-getter in the tournament. So far, he has played 17 matches in the World Cup and scored 952 runs at a 65.20 average.
Rohit Sharma has equaled his record with Sachin Tendulkar for the most number of centuries in the World Cup. Both of them have six centuries under their belt. Sharma had also hit three half-centuries in the tournament and holds the second spot in the list of batsmen with the highest average in World Cups.
Andrew Symonds is the leading batsman with the highest average in ODI World Cup. The former Australian batsman had been part of the 2003 and 2007 World Cup. Both times, Australia secured a victory in the tournament.
In his career, Symonds has played 18 World Cup matches and scored 515 runs at an average of 103. In the 13 innings he played, he was dismissed just five times and had hit one century and three half-centuries. His highest score was an unbeaten 143 in the tournament.
In the 2000s, he was one of the destructive finishers for Australia in the middle order.