Mumbai: The just-concluded ICC 2011 World Cup topped the average run rate of more than five runs per over for the first time in its 36-year-old history.
The tenth edition of the tournament averaged 5.03 per over, compared to the previous highest of 4.95 per over in the 2007 competition in the West Indies.
The scoring rate has changed since the first three editions in 1975, 1979 and 1983 during which per innings consisted of 60 overs, rather than the current 50 over-format.
In contrast to the overall trend of an increasing run rate, average runs per wicket has remained consistent throughout the history of the competition. The only exception was the 1979 edition, thanks to the disappointing English summer.
David Richardson, ICC general manager (cricket), said: "The statistics are a clear illustration of the exciting cricket that was played during the ICC cricket World Cup 2011."