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Playing international cricket is never easy. It’s a long and gruelling sport, and if you are not fit, then you might not survive international cricket for long. 

And despite this, there were a few who played international cricket and survived for more than a decade. Who has the record for Most Appearances in ODI World Cups?

We have shortlisted these five players who were the icons of their respective teams.

Who Has the Record for Most Appearances in ODI World Cup History?

We have closed in on five players, of whom only one is Indian. Yes, you guessed it right; that is Sachin Tendulkar.

The next on the list are:

  1. Ricky Ponting
  2. Glenn McGrath
  3. Muttiah Muralitharan
  4. Mahela Jayawardene.

Let’s take a look at them one by one.

Ricky Ponting (46 ODI World Cup Matches) | Most Appearances in ODI World Cup

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has the record for appearing in the most number of World Cup games.

  • Ponting, who led Australia to two World Cup titles, made his ODI World Cup debut back in 1996 and went on to play in the 1999 World Cup as well. 
  • From 2003 onwards, he became the captain and led his side to glory in 2003 and 2007.
  • He played 46 games and accounted for 1743 runs at an average of 46, with five hundred to his name.

Sachin Tendulkar (45 Matches):

Falling just one short of Ponting, the second man on the list is India’s Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. 

  • Unlike Ponting, Tendulkar made his ODI World Cup debut in 1992 and continued to play for India until 2011, when he won the World Cup for India.
  • Tendulkar came close to the trophy in 2003, where he accounted for 673 runs, but India lost to Australia in the final.
  • In 45 games, Tendulkar accounted for 2278 runs with an impressive average of 57. He also slammed 6 hundreds, picking up 8 wickets on the side.

Sachin is second on the list of players who have the most appearances in ODI World Cups, but he has played in more number for World Cup tournaments. 

Mahela Jayawardene (40 matches): 

Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene led his team to the ODI World Cup final in 2007. But by then, he had become a veteran for his side.

  • After making his ODI World Cup debut in 1999, he quietly worked his way to become the mainstay in the Lankan middle order.
  • He played 40 games, scored 1100 runs with an impressive average of 35.48. 
  • He also scored four hundreds during the span of 1999 to 2015.

Muttiah Muralitharan (40 Matches): 

Muralitharan is one of the legendary spinners of the game. 

  • Sri Lanka’s Muralitharan, made his ODI World Cup debut in 1996. 
  • He retired in 2011, but by then he had played 40 matches. 
  • He picked up 68 wickets with a best figure of 4/19.

Glenn McGrath (39 Matches):

Aussie speedster Glenn McGrath, too, made his ODI World Cup debut in 1996. 

  • His career ended after Australia’s 2007 ODI World Cup win. 
  • In his entire World Cup career, he played 39 games, picking up 71 wickets.
  • His best figures were 7/15.

He was the pace spearhead of the Aussie bowling attack, and despite the emergence of Brett Lee, McGrath continued to lead the bowling attack with his impressive seam and swing movement.

Final Thoughts on Most Appearances in ODI World Cups

The five names that were mentioned saw a lot of cricket. Most of these players made their debuts in 1996, with Sachin Tendulkar and Mahela Jayawardene being the exception.

While Tendulkar made his ODI World Cup debut in 1992, Jayawardene made his debut in 1999.

These players almost saw an era where ODI cricket was getting to its peak. These players also saw the emergence of T20 cricket and how ODI cricket was revolutionized because of that.

This ODI World Cup will also see a few swansongs, but the records achieved by the likes of Ponting and Tendulkar will be hard to achieve.

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FAQ

-Who Has the Most Number of ODI World Cup Appearances?

Ricky Ponting who played 46 ODI World Cup games.

-Who Has Played the Most Number of ODI World Cup Games for India?

Sachin Tendulkar played the most number of ODI World Cup games for India.

-Who Has Played the Most Number of ODI World Cups?

This record belongs to Sachin Tendulkar who played five World Cups.