Most Wickets in a single edition of ODI World Cup

Updated on: Nov 11, 2023 12:50 pm IST

We have seen both bowlers and batsmen play a crucial role in ODI cricket, and their teamwork is essential for success. While batsmen often get a lot of attention, bowlers have made significant contributions to the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Throughout the years, many talented bowlers have shown their skills in the World Cup, and some have even helped their team win. Let’s check out the bowlers who took the most wickets in a single ODI World Cup.

List of Top10 Bowlers with Most Wickets in a single edition of ODI World Cup

Player Year Innings Wickets Average
Mitchell Starc (AUS) 2019 10 27 18.59
Glenn McGrath (AUS) 2007 11 26 13.73
Chaminda Vaas (SL) 2003 10 23 14.39
Muthiah Muralidaran (SL) 2007 10 23 15.26
Shaun Tait (AUS) 2007 11 23 20.3
Mitchell Starc (AUS) 2015 8 22 10.18
Trent Boult (NZ) 2015 9 22 16.86
Brett Lee (AUS) 2003 10 22 17.9
Shahid Afridi (PAK) 2011 8 21 12.85
Glenn McGrath (AUS) 2003 11 21 14.76

Key Stats

  • Mitchell Starc holds the record for the highest number of wickets (27) taken by a bowler in any World Cup edition, surpassing Glenn McGrath’s tally of 26 wickets in the 2019 edition.
  • Muthiah Muralidaran and Shaun Tait jointly grabbed the most wickets (23) in the 2007 edition, playing crucial roles in helping Sri Lanka and Australia reach the finals.
  • In the 2015 World Cup, Starc and Trent Boult shared the top spot with 22 wickets each, contributing significantly to Australia and New Zealand’s journey to the finals.
  • A total of 15 players have achieved the feat of picking up 20 or more wickets in a single edition of the ODI World Cup.
  • McGrath and Starc are the only two bowlers who have secured more than 20 wickets in two World Cups. McGrath achieved this in 2003 and 2007, aiding Australia in consecutive World Cup victories. Starc accomplished this in 2015 and 2019, playing a pivotal role in Australia’s triumph on home soil in 2015.
  • McGrath holds the record for the best bowling figures in World Cup history, taking 7 wickets for 15 runs against Namibia in 2003.

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