South Africa’s Quinton de Kock etched his name in the annals of ODI history with a resounding third century of the 2023 World Cup. This remarkable feat catapults him into an elite fraternity of batters who have notched up three or more centuries in a single edition of the ODI World Cup.

Without further ado, let’s explore the complete list of batters to score three or more centuries in a single ODI World Cup.

Quinton de Kock (3*) – India 2023

The newly-anointed member of this illustrious group, Quinton de Kock, has been making waves in the ongoing World Cup with a display of sublime cricketing finesse. With this recent century, he amasses a total of 20 ODI centuries in a mere 150 innings, an achievement that underscores his mettle as a true cricketing virtuoso.

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At the age of only 30, Quinton de Kock stands at the precipice of ODI cricket immortality. Should he maintain this blistering form in the latter half of his career, he may very well etch his name in the hallowed halls of ODI cricket legends. However, the cricketing world received news that De Kock intends to bow out from the ODI format after this tournament, a decision fueled by a desire to devote more time to his family and focus on the realms of T20Is and franchise cricket.

David Warner (3) – England 2019

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Australia’s formidable opener, David Warner, showcased his brilliance on the grand stage of the 2019 World Cup, racking up a trio of centuries that propelled Australia to the semifinals. Warner’s dominating scores of 107 against Pakistan, 166 against Bangladesh, and a colossal 122 against South Africa left an indelible mark on the tournament. His bat wielded like a wizard’s wand, he tallied an impressive 647 runs in ten innings.

Matthew Hayden (3) – West Indies 2007

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Matthew Hayden, another left-handed dynamo, left an indelible mark on the 2007 ODI World Cup, leading Australia to victory with three resounding centuries. The West Indies played host to this monumental event, and Hayden’s back-to-back tons against South Africa (101) and the West Indies (158), coupled with a defiant 103 against New Zealand, propelled him to a total of 659 runs in ten innings, solidifying his place in cricketing folklore.

Sourav Ganguly (3) – South Africa 2003

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While Sachin Tendulkar stands tall as an undisputed cricketing icon, it was Sourav Ganguly who outshone even the Little Master in the 2003 ODI World Cup. The former Indian skipper’s onslaught led to an impressive trio of centuries against Namibia (112*), and Kenya (107* and 111*). Ganguly’s Herculean efforts carried India to the final, only to be thwarted by Ricky Ponting’s blistering 140*.

Mark Waugh (3) – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka 1996

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Mark Waugh, a trailblazer in his own right, set the precedent by becoming the first batter to achieve three centuries in a single World Cup edition. His stellar performance in the 1996 tournament played a pivotal role in Australia’s journey to the final. Waugh’s centuries against Kenya (130), India (126), and New Zealand (110) culminated in a total of 484 runs across seven innings.

Kumar Sangakkara (4) – Australia and New Zealand 2015

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Kumar Sangakkara, a luminary of his generation and a wicketkeeping maestro, left an indelible mark on the 2015 World Cup with a remarkable four centuries. Displaying extraordinary consistency, Sangakkara’s tonnage included scintillating innings against Bangladesh (105), England (117), Sri Lanka (104), and Scotland (124). Although Sri Lanka faced a quarter-final setback against South Africa, Sangakkara’s tally of 541 runs and four centuries remains a testament to his cricketing genius.

Rohit Sharma (5) – England 2019

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Rohit Sharma, a veritable legend in white-ball cricket, attained the zenith of his career in the 2019 World Cup. Opening the innings with unparalleled brilliance, he notched up a staggering five centuries. Sharma’s masterclass included scores of 122 against South Africa, and 140 versus Pakistan, followed by a hat-trick of tons against England (102), Bangladesh (104), and Sri Lanka (103). His tournament total of 648 runs not only guided India’s campaign but also secured his position as the record-holder for most centuries in a single ODI World Cup, a milestone likely to endure for generations to come.

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