16th February 1996: Gary Kirsten Scripts World Cup History

For a very long time, almost 20 years, Gary Kirsten was the highest individual scorer in the World Cups. It was only in 2015 that Kirsten's record was broken in 2015, by Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill when he scored 237 against West Indies.

16th February 1996: Gary Kirsten Scripts World Cup History

On this day in 1996, Gary Kirsten scored a magnificent 188 runs in World Cup match against UAE in Rawalpindi. The southpaw mustered his runs in just 159 balls, that had 13 fours and four sixes.

That innings propelled the South African total to 321 for 2 in the allotted 50 overs. Along with him, Hansie Cronje scored a brisk 57 runs, followed by quick 41 by Daryll Cullinan.

That total was going to be a big ask for the UAE side. As expected they could not offer any fight against the mighty Proteas, and could only score 152 for 8 in their reply batting all of 50 overs.

Allan Donald and Brian McMillan picked three wickets each to rattle the UAE side.

For a very long time, almost 20 years, Kirsten was the highest individual scorer in the World Cups. It was only in 2015 that his record was broken by Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill when he scored 237 against West Indies.



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 3941 109
5 South Africa 3345 108
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 6047 275
2 England 5959 271
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 6009 261
5 South Africa 4380 258
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