Lhuan-dré Pretorius (South Africa)
287 runs in 6 matches, 8 catches
Lhaun-dre Pretorius of South Africa showcased his versatility in every aspect of the game during the tournament. Not only did he open the batting for the Proteas, but he also excelled as a wicketkeeper and contributed with the ball when needed.
Teaming up with Steve Stolk, Pretorius formed a dangerous opening partnership that gained momentum as the tournament progressed. Despite initial struggles to convert starts in the first three games, he finished the tournament on a high note, scoring three half-centuries, including a crucial one in the semi-final against India.
He finished the World Cup with 287 runs in six matches, the most by any Protea batter in the tournament.
Pretorius ended the World Cup as the top run-scorer for South Africa, amassing 287 runs in six matches. Additionally, claimed 8 catches behind the stumps and in a commendable display of adaptability, the 17-year-old filled in as a bowler when Juan James was injured in the opening game, delivering a solid nine-over spell to compensate for the overs.