New Delhi, May 21: With batting conditions expected in England for the upcoming 50-over World Cup, the focus is expected to be on the batsmen.
In order to put up the big totals, sizeable contributions are required from the top order.
Let us a take a look at the batsmen who have notched up the highest number half-centuries in the biggest tournament of world cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar, India (15)
Sachin Tendulkar sits at the top of the list. The legendary batsman, who made his World Cup debut in 1992, went on to post 15 half-centuries against ten countries in the game's marquee tournament.
He has appeared in a total of 45 matches across six World Cups from 1992 to 2011.
The batting legend has amassed a total of 2278 runs at the World Cup with an average nearing to 57. The Mumbai maestro has scored three half-centuries against Pakistan, two each against Australia, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and one each against New Zealand, West Indies, Netherlands, England, Kenya and Bermuda.
One of the most memorable half-centuries by the master blaster was his 98 against Pakistan at the 2003 World Cup. Despite falling just two runs short of a century, Sachin's knock built a strong foundation which helped India to go on to register a six-wicket win over the arch-rivals.
Jacques Kallis, South Africa (9)
One of the greatest all-rounders to grace the game, Jacques Kallis is at the second place on the list of most number of half-centuries at the World Cup.
The South African represented his country in five World Cups from 1996 to 2011, scoring 9 fifties in 36 matches.
Kallis has notched up two half-centuries against India, with one each against Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies, Australia, Sri Lanka, Ireland and Bangladesh.
Graham Gooch, England (8)
One of the pillars of the England batting line-up during his days, Graham Gooch has posted eight fifties in 21 World Cup matches.
He represented England in three World Cups - 1979, 1987 and 1992. The big hitting right-hander has a total of 897 runs at the World Cup at an average of 44.85.
Gooch scored two half-centuries each against West Indies, Australia and Sri Lanka with one each against India and New Zealand.
Martin Crowe, New Zealand (8)
With 448 runs in 9 matches, Martin Crowe had emerged as the highest scorer at the 1992 World Cup. The New Zealand captain almost single handedly powered the Kiwis into the semi-finals where they lost to eventual winners Pakistan.
Regarded as probably the greatest ever batsman from New Zealand, Crowe has played in three World Cups - 1983, 1987 and 1992 - scoring eight half-centuries in 21 matches.
Three of these were scored against Zimbabwe while he got two against England. Crowe also bagged one half-century each against Pakistan, West Indies and Australia.
Herschelle Gibbs, South Africa (8)
Herschelle Gibbs represented South Africa in three World Cups - 1999, 2003 and 2007 - scoring eight half-centuries in 25 matches.
One of the most successful batsmen for South Africa, Gibbs has a batting average of over 56 at the World Cup.
Australia's Michael Clarke, Kenya's Steve Tikolo, India's Mohammad Azharuddin, Australia's Adam Gilchrist and Javed Miandad from Pakistan also have eight fifties to their name at the World Cup.
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