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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.

Cricketnext Staff |February 16, 2019, 2:01 AM IST
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.

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3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
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