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India's Kohli will be leading scorer at World Cup 2015 - poll

India's batsman Virat Kohli acknowledges the crowd upon scoring a century during their Cricket World Cup match against Pakistan in Adelaide, February 15, 2015. (Reuters)

By Staff

India's Virat Kohli is expected to top the batting scoring charts at the Cricket World Cup 2015 according to a poll conducted by Emirates 24|7.

The Indian vice-captain who made a landmark century against Pakistan polled 46 per cent of the votes to the poll: Who will be the leading run-scorer in ODI Cricket World Cup?

Kohli hit 107, the first century by an Indian in World Cup matches against their arch rivals, when the defending champions opened their campaign with a 76-run win against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval.

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New Zealand's master blaster Brendon McCullum who smashed 65 against Sri Lanka and a whirlwind 25-ball 77 against Sri Lanka polled 20 per cent.

West Indian Chris Gayle who became the first to hit a double century in the World Cup got 14 per cent.

South African skipper AB de Villiers who clubbed 17 fours and eight sixes in his incredible 66-ball 162 and Pakistan's rock solid captain Misbah ul Haq who has two half centuries to his credit got eight per cent of the vote.

Australia's Glenn Maxwell who made 66 during their win over England polled four per cent.

However, the leading run maker in the World Cup at the moment is Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara (268) followed by Gayle (258).

Sangakkara (1259) became the third highest run getter in World Cups, behind Sachin Tendulkar
(2278) and Ricky Ponting (1743).

Leading batting figures at the 2015 World Cup on Sunday:

Leading run-makers

Kumar Sangakkara (SRI)      268
Chris Gayle (WIS)           258
Lahiru Thirimanne (SRI)     256
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SRI)  229
Shikhar Dhawan (IND)        224

Best performances

Chris Gayle (WIS)          215
AB de Villiers (RSA)       162 not out
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SRI) 161 not out
Lahiru Thirimanne (SRI)    139 not out
David Miller (RSA)         138 not out