Maxi Makes ICC Cricket World Cup History

And not just for concussing himself by falling off a golf cart

Glenn Maxwell now holds the record for the greatest individual contribution to a team’s overall score in an ICC Cricket World Cup match.

His 201* versus Afghanistan last month (128 balls, 21 fours, and ten sixes) accounted for 68.3% of Australia’s 293 runs, surpassing Marin Atapattu’s 64.9% (24 of 37 runs when Sri Lanka defeated Canada by nine wickets in 2003).

Table: Top Ten Individual Score Contributions in ICC Cricket World Cup Matches, 2003-2023

Rank Player Runs Team Score % Opponent Batting
1 GJ Maxwell 201 293 68.6 AFG Second
2 MS Atapattu 24 37 64.9 CAN Second
3 Fakhar Zaman 126 200 63.0 NZ Second
4 CH Gayle 37 59 62.7 BAN Second
5 SB Styris 141 225 62.7 SL Second
6 BB McCullum 77 125 61.6 ENG Second
7 HH Gibbs 87 142 61.3 KEN Second
8 MJ Guptill 237 393 60.3 WI First
9 Q de Kock 17 29 58.6 WI First
10 SP Fleming 134 229 58.5 SA Second

I find it interesting that eight of the top ten listed above happened in the second innings. The two exceptions are:

Maxi’s knock in the World Cup is sits thirteenth across all ODIs since 2002 (in terms of individual contribution to the team’s total score), well behind Brendan McCullum’s 80* of 94 runs versus Bangladesh in 2007 – a whopping 84.2%.

Shane Watson holds the Australian ODI record for an individual contribution to the team’s overall score, with his 185* accounting for __79.7%__ of Australia’s 232 in a nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in 2011.

The timeframe of this stat is limited based on what data are freely/easily available and/or accessible. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you spot any errors in what I have presented. As always, apologies to anyone who has already looked at this stat.