Skipper Williamson breaks Jayawardene’s World cup record

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In Williamson's absence paceman Tim Southee will lead the team, with the batsman hoping to return for a two-Test series against the tourists in late November. Photo: @cricketworldcup/Twitter

Kane Williamson couldn’t lay his hands on the World Cup but he achieved a rare feat when he became the captain with the most number of runs in a single edition of the tournament, surpassing Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene.

New Zealand captain Williamson finished the just-concluded World Cup with 550 runs, eclipsing Jayawardene’s record of 548 scored during the 2007 edition.

Williamson and Jayawardene are followed by Ricky Ponting (539 runs in 2007), Aaron Finch (507 runs in 2019) and AB de Villiers (482 runs in 2015).

An Indian in former skipper Sourav Ganguly is sixth on the list with 465 runs to his credit during the 2003 edition.

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New Zealand lost the opportunity to lift the World Cup for the second consecutive time after losing to hosts England in the Super Over in a dramatic finale at the Lords here on Sunday.

The two teams finished tied in regulation 50 overs as well as the Super Over and the title was decided by the innings boundary count in which England were ahead of New Zealand.

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