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The first century in World Cup cricket was made by Dennis Amiss, who scored 137 against India in the very first World Cup match. He was also the first to make a hundred in ODI cricket, when he made 103 on ODI debut against Australia at Old Trafford in 1972. .
The 1979 World Cup was especially good for bowlers, and matches were low scoring in general. This remains the only edition of the World Cup to not feature a single 300 plus team total, and this was a 60 over tournament! Just to give some perspective, the 2015 World Cup, which was a 50 over tournament, featured 28 totals of 300 and above, with 3 totals crossing the 400 mark!.
Kapil Dev\'s epic 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells was India\'s first ever hundred in ODI cricket. This remained the highest score for India in ODI cricket, till Sourav Ganguly\'s brilliant 183 at Taunton in 1999. This also remained Kapil Dev\'s only ODI century. .
With the World Cup moving to the subcontinent, one would expect the spinners to hold centrestage. However, the top three wicket takers at the 1987 World Cup were all fast bowlers: Craig McDermott (18), Imran Khan (17), and Patrick Patterson (14). Guess who the 2nd highest wicket taker for the eventual champions Australia was? It was none other than batting legend, Steve Waugh (11)!.
The lowest score in a completed innings by a team during the 1992 World Cup was actually recorded by eventual champions Pakistan against the team they went on to beat in the final. Pakistan were dismissed for 74 by England at Adelaide in a league stage match. In response, England were 24/1 when rain intervened and the match had to be declared a no result. .
The Netherlands side at the 1996 World Cup had a very diverse age profile. It featured the oldest player to ever play in the World Cup, Nolan Clarke (aged 47 years, 241 days), with two other players, Flavian Aponso and Steve Lubbers, above the age of 42. The youngest cricketer in the 1996 tournament was Bas Zuiderent (18 years, 351 days), who also belonged to the Dutch side. .
The 1999 World Cup match between India and Zimbabwe will always be remembered for Henry Olonga\'s dream spell which powered Zimbabwe to a 3 run win. However, this match was also remarkable for the sheer number of extras conceded by both sides put together: a total of 90, that included 26 no balls and 45 wides. .
Statistically, Sourav Ganguly had a great 2003 World Cup, making 465 runs at an average of 58.12 with 3 centuries. However, the majority of those runs came against non Test-playing sides. Against Test-playing sides, he aggregated just 127 runs in the entire tournament, with a highest of 48 against Sri Lanka. .
Brian Lara\'s last ever international for the West Indies was a Super Eights clash against England at Barbados. Interestingly, it also turned out to be the last ODI for the opposing captain, Michael Vaughan. Vaughan, who had an underwhelming ODI career, bowed out in style making 79 off 68 balls, as England beat West Indies by just 1 wicket. .
Bangladesh became the 2nd side to be bowled out for under 100 in a World Cup match played at home, when they got bowled out for 58 against the West Indies at Dhaka. The first instance was in the 1975 World Cup semi final when England got bowled out for 93 against Australia. Bangladesh would again be subject to humiliation when they got bowled out for 78 against South Africa at Dhaka. .
Several records were set during the Australia vs Afghanistan match at Perth in the 2015 World Cup. Australia recorded the highest ever World Cup total, making 417/6. Australia also recorded the highest margin of victory, winning by 275 runs. David Warner also set the record for the highest individual World Cup score by an Australian making 178. .