Today we bring to you the list of 5 batsmen who scored Highest Individual Scores in Cricket World Cup 1975. The blockbuster cricketing event marked the real start aggressive batting styles that One Day International matches are today known for.
Interestingly there were few centurions in the series even though there was a 60 over format. This was because the quality of most bowling attacks was much better and wickets were more bowler-friendly. The batting sides also had strategies to play full overs rather than to go on an all-out attack like in the matches these days. Here, we have the 5 highest individual scores in Cricket World Cup 1975.
5. Clive Lloyd 102 vs Australia
It was truly a historical innings that changed the 1975 Prudential Cricket World Cup eventual outcome. The West Indies and Australia would fight it out for the deciding match of the historical series. Both sides had impeccable batting and bowling orders. The Caribbean team chose to bat first but soon lost 3 wickets for 50 runs to the Aussies quick bowlers. Then it came to their inspirational leader Clive Lloyd who arrived on the crease and displayed a batting master-class.
Lloyd took the attack to the Australian bowlers and scored an 85 ball knock of 102 quick-fire runs. His master blaster innings consisted of 12 fours and 2 sixes. It was that great counterattacking batting performance that powered the West Indies to have a highly challenging total of 291 runs on the scoreboard. They then dismissed the Aussie batters for 274 runs and won the inaugural edition of the Cricket World Cup in 1975. Lloyd was declared the man of the match in the all-important final. Also among the top 5 of the highest individual scores in Cricket World Cup 1975.
4. Glenn Turner 114* vs India
Turner was the most shining Kiwi batsman throughout the tournament. The New Zealand captain truly led his side by example. In another great contribution to their batting order, he scored 114 not out against India in another of the league matches. These innings were vital to ensure New Zealand qualified for the semi-final stage of the tournament. The Indian side had batted first in the match and set a fighting target of 231 runs for the Kiwis.
Turner held his act together as the New Zealand 3 top-order batsmen were cheaply dismissed. He played an innings of maturity facing 171 balls and keeping one end held together. He hit 13 fours in the process and had a strike rate of just above 64 runs per 100 balls. But the most remarkable aspect of those gritty innings was to see his side through with 7 balls remaining and thus book a semi-final slot. Thus among the top 5 of the highest individual scores in Cricket World Cup 1975.
3. Keith Fletcher 131 vs New Zealand
The English and Kiwi teams met each other at Trent Bridge in what was going to be the battle of heavyweight sides. Keith Fletcher who came at number 3 for England played the innings that would completely change the complexion of the match. He scored 131 valuable runs for his side after facing 147 deliveries. Fletcher hit 18 fours in the process and had an impressive strike rate of more than 89.
England would go on to score a healthy 266 runs and put the Kiwis under pressure. In return, the New Zealand team was dismissed for a total of 186. The hosts thus won this challenging match by the big margin of 80 runs. Both teams later qualified for the knockout stage in the group. Thus among the top 5 of the highest individual scores in Cricket World Cup 1975.
2. Dennis Amiss 137 vs India
The hosts England played their first match of 1975 Cricket World Cup at the famous Lord’s stadium in London. Their aggressive opening batsman Dennis Amiss would immediately make a great impact by scoring a swift and offensive 137 runs knock from just 147 balls. Amiss did maintain an impressive strike rate of more than 93 runs per 100 balls in the innings. He hit the ball very cleanly, registering 18 boundaries during his time on the ground.
Amiss was impressive throughout the tournament and scored 243 runs in his 4 innings. He was one of the top contributors in his team’s journey to the semi-final stage. England won all their 3 group matches but lost to Australia badly in the all-important semis match being cheaply dismissed for just 93 runs. Thus among the top 5 of the highest individual scores in Cricket World Cup 1975.
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1. Glenn Turner 171* vs East Africa
The New Zealand opener and skipper was at his furious best against the below-average East African bowling side in their opening match of 1975 Cricket World Cup. He played long and aggressive innings scoring 171 runs while remaining unbeaten in the whole innings. Turner played 201 balls in his innings and maintained a strike rate of more than 85 runs per 100 balls.
Turner thus powered his side to a massive score of 309 runs in the match. The Kiwis would then restrict the East African batting line-up to mere 128 runs in 60 overs and thus win the match by a massive margin of 181 runs. Glenn Turner proved to be New Zealand’s best batsman and the highest scoring among all batsmen in the 1975 Cricket World Cup. He scored a total of 333 runs in the series. Not only did he led the top 5 of the highest individual scores in Cricket World Cup 1975, he led the most runs scorers as well.
Those were the 5 highest individual scores in Cricket World Cup 1975. We hope you enjoyed reading the article as cricket fans and wait for your valuable comments.