This was the first World Cup hosted by three nations — India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In a dubious first, Australia and the West Indies forfeited their matches against Sri Lanka due to security concerns in the island nation.
Sri Lanka became only the second team to win the tournament without losing a single match. The West Indies had achieved this feat in 1975 and 1979. It was the first time that a team batting second in the final won, and also the first time that a host nation emerged victorious.
Sri Lanka’s 398-5 vs Kenya at Kandy on March 6 was a new ODI high, surpassing England's 363-7 in 55 overs at Nottingham in 1992. The previous WC record was 360-4 by WI vs Sri Lanka at Karachi in 1987.
The Sri Lanka-Kenya match aggregate was 652-12 in 100 overs, a new World Cup record. The previous best was 626-14 in 120 overs by Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Swansea in 1983.
West Indies hit a new low, slumping to 93 vs Kenya at Pune on Feb 29. Their previous WC lowest was 136 vs SA at Christchurch in 1992.
Australia’s Mark Waugh became the first batsman to hit three tons in one World Cup. He also equalled the all-time WC record of three centuries, held by Viv Richards and Rameez Raja.
Mark and Steve Waugh added 207 for the third wicket vs Kenya at Vizag on Feb 23, a WC record for any wicket.
Javed Miandad became the only player to take part in all six editions of the WC. He ended up playing 33 matches in all, a record for most WC games by any player.
When they beat WI at Pune, Kenya became the third associate member of the ICC to beat a Test-playing team in the WC, after Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
Sachin Tendulkar topped the batting charts — 523 at 87.17, two centuries and three half-centuries in seven matches. He became the first batsman to aggregate over 500 runs in a single World Cup.
Aravinda de Silva was named Man of the Match four times (vs Zimbabwe, Kenya, India and Australia), a record for one World Cup.
Anil Kumble took the bowling honours with 15 wickets from seven matches at 18.67.
For Sri Lanka, Aravinda (448 runs at 89.60) Muttiah Muralitharan and Sanath Jayasuriya (seven wickets each) were the most successful players.
Zimbabwe’s Paul Strang’s 5-21 vs Kenya at Patna on Feb 27 were the best bowling figures.
Australia’s Ian Healy, with 12 dismissals, emerged as the event's top ’keeper.
Anil Kumble became the first fielder to claim eight catches in a single World Cup, improving upon the record of seven held by Kapil Dev (1983) and Kepler Wessels (1992).
Jayasuriya was the Man of the Tournament, having fired the Lankans on with 221 runs and seven wickets.
Sri Lanka reached their first WC final after routing India at Kolkata. They took on Australia at Lahore in the summit clash and cruised to a seven-wicket win, taking home £49000 in prize money.
— Compiled by Manoj Kumar