Who’s the oldest man to play in a World Cup final? Was it Imran Khan?
Pakistan’s captain Imran Khan was 39 years 121 days old when he lifted the World Cup in Melbourne in 1992. But there has been one older player in a World Cup final: Rohan Kanhai was about two months older – 39 years 177 days – for West Indies against Australia in the first final, at Lord’s in 1975. Kanhai made 55, and helped Clive Lloyd put on 149 for the fourth wicket.
What’s the highest innings total at the World Cup? And will it be broken this year?
Going into the 2019 edition, the highest World Cup total was Australia’s 417 for 6 against Afghanistan in Perth in the last one, in 2015. That broke an eight-year-old mark, India’s 413 for 5 against Bermuda in Port-of-Spain in 2007. There have been two other 400-plus totals in the World Cup, by South Africa in successive matches in 2015: after running up 408 for 5 against West Indies in Sydney on February 27, they pummelled 411 for 4 against Ireland in Canberra on March 3. Here’s the the full list, which will be updated throughout the World Cup.
As for whether the record will be broken in 2019, it has to be on the cards: in all one-day internationals, there have been ten higher totals than Australia’s 417, and four of them have come since the last World Cup – three (including the two highest totals of all) by England, and one by South Africa.