ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 1999 Top Runs Scorer

The top runs scorer of the ICC World Cup 1999. South African All-rounder, Lance Klusener was the live wire of South African Batting lineup.

With players like skipper Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, and Glenn McGrath, among others, representing Australia at the 1999 World Cup, the team was stacked with ability in every area.

They had to put in a lot of effort to advance from both the group stage and the tournament’s Super Six stage, thus their victory did not come easily. They placed second in Group B thanks to victories against Scotland, Bangladesh, and the West Indies. They then assured their place in the Semi-Finals by defeating South Africa, Zimbabwe, and India in the Super Six stage.

Then came that infamous Semi-Final at Edgbaston versus South Africa, where Australia only advanced because of their superior Super Six finish after Lance Klusener and Allan Donald made a last-over error that tied the game for both teams.

Given Pakistan’s impressive accomplishments throughout the tournament, many anticipated a classic when they faced off against them in the final. At Lord’s, though, it was a one-sided contest as Australia settled down Pakistan’s batting order, dismissing them for 132.

Lance Klusener

South African all-rounder Lance Klusener may have taken part in the notorious run-out that denied his team a spot in the 1999 World Cup Final, but he had been in superb form the whole competition.

He finished the World Cup with 4 Man of the Match awards, 17 wickets, the most for a South African, and 281 runs at an astounding average of 140.5.

He only had two dismissals the entire tournament, compiling significant scores of 52* versus Sri Lanka, 48* versus England, 52* versus Zimbabwe, and 46* versus Pakistan. Additionally, his 31* in the Semi-Final came perilously close to being a game-winning innings.

His finest performance with the ball came against Kenya in Amstelveen, Netherlands, where he recorded 5/21.

Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid demonstrated his talent at the CWC in 1999 by finishing as the tournament’s leading run-scorer with two hundreds, three half-centuries, and 461 runs.

Dravid finished 63 runs in front of his closest competitor, Steve Waugh, despite only participating in eight games, two fewer than the finals teams Australia and Pakistan.

Dravid started up his first World Cup campaign in Hove against South Africa with 54. He produced an undefeated 104* against Kenya in Bristol to record his first century of the competition. The very following game, he smashed 145 against Sri Lanka.

He scored 53 against India at Edgbaston as a response to his back-to-back hundreds, with his final half-century of the competition coming with 61 runs from 89 balls.

Also Read: ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 1996 Top Runs Scorers

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