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Most Wickets In World Cup

Most Wickets In World Cup History

The Cricket World Cup has been the greatest tournament of the game. Batsmen and bowlers are incomplete without each other in the game. Like batsmen, bowlers have also been a very crucial part of the game. Over the years many bowlers have played the World Cup and dominated it. Let’s have a look at the bowlers with the most wickets in World Cup history.

Most Wickets In The World Cup By a Bowler

Ex Australian legend Glenn McGrath holds the record of taking the most number of wicket 71 in World Cup history. McGrath has played 3 world cups (1996-2007). He is probably the best fast bowler to ever have been part of the game. His line, length, and swing were the strength of his bowling. He was someone who has proved himself irrespective of the conditions of pitches. The Aussie is also the highest wicket-taker for his country across all formats (949). 

matcheswicketsaveragestrike-rateBest bowlingeconomy5-wickets
397118.1927.57/153.962

Most Wickets In World Cup 1996

Former Indian leggie Anil Kumble grabbed the most number of wicket 15 in the 1996 World Cup. Kumble was one of the best spinners of his era. He used to bowl spin with a bit of pace and deceive the batsmen. He was very hard to be picked up by the batsmen.

Matches wicketsaveragestrike-rateBest bowlingeconomy5-wickets
71518.7327.83/284.030

Most Wickets In World Cup 1999

Kiwi left-arm fast bowler Geoff Allott bagged the most number of wicket in the 1999 World Cup. The seamer from New Zealand was exceptional throughout the tournament. 

matcheswicketsaveragestrike-rateBest bowlingeconomy5-wickets
92016.2526.34/373.700

Most Wickets In World Cup 2003

Ex Srilankan fast bowler Chaminda Vaas got the most number of wickets in the 2003 World Cup. The left-arm seamer used to trouble batsmen with his swing and he is also the second-highest wicket-taker in the ODIs for Sri Lanka. 

matchesWickets Average Strike-rate Best bowling economy5-wickets
102314.3922.96/253.761

Most Wickets In World Cup 2007

Former Aussie fast bowler Glenn McGrath was the most number of wickets-taker in the 2007 WC. He played a total of 11 matches and took 26 wickets in the 2007 WC. He is also the highest wicket-taker in World Cup cricket. He played a big role for Australia in winning the 2007 World Cup.

matcheswicketsaveragestrike-rateBest bowlingeconomy5-wickets
112613.7318.63/144.410

Most Wickets In World Cup 2011

Pakistani leg-spinner Shahid Afridi and Indian pace bowler Zaheer Khan took the most number of wickets in the 2011 WC. Zaheer and Afridi got 21 wickets in 8 and 9 matches apiece. Zaheer Khan’s brilliant bowling in the series helped India to win the World Cup after 28 years in 2011 since their first win in 1983.

 Shahid Afridi

matcheswicketsaveragestrike-rateBest bowlingeconomy5-wickets
82112.8521.25/163.622

Zaheer Khan

matcheswicketsaveragestrike-rateBest bowlingeconomy5-wickets
92118.7623.23/204.830

Most Wickets In World Cup 2015

Australian left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc bagged the most number of wickets (22) in the 2015 WC. Starc is known for his raw pace with swing. He was one of those players who assisted Australia to win the 2015 World Cup. 

matcheswicketsaveragestrike-rateBest bowlingeconomy5-wickets
82210.1817.46/283.501

Most Wickets In World Cup 2019

Mitchell Starc grabbed the most number of wicket (27) in the 2019 World Cup. in the 2019 World Cup, he became the highest wicket-taker for the 2nd time in a row. Starc’s  27 wickets is the record of most wickets taken by any bowler in a single WC. 

matcheswicketsAverage Strike-rate Best bowling economy5-wickets
102718.5920.55/265.435

Most Wickets In World Cup 2019 For India

Former Indian paceman Zaheer Khan has taken the most number of wickets for India in the World Cup. Zaheer has played 3 World Cups (2003-2011). Throughout his cricketing career, he was the leader of the Indian pace bowling attack. Khan was known for his accurate line, length, and outstanding swing bowling ability. 

matcheswicketsaveragestrike-rateBest bowlingeconomy5-wickets
234420.2227.14/424.470

Most Wickets In World Cup In One Match

Glenn McGrath and Tim Southee have taken the most number of wicket (7/15 & 7/33) in one match in World Cup against Namibia in the 2003 WC and 2015 WC respectively.

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