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4 Of the best bowling spells in World Cups

  • With the World Cup just a few days away, let's have a look at four of the best bowling spells in the tournament's history
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Modified 20 Feb 2019, 09:45 IST

#2 6/14 and 5/48 by Garry Gilmour in back to back matches in the 1975 World Cup

Gary Gilmour
Gary Gilmour

Garry Gilmour is not a massive name in world cricket. A small career in which he played just five One-Day Internationals for Australia had an achievement which Gilmour can always be proud of.

He was the twelfth-man in most part of the 1975 World Cup campaign for Australia. However, he finally got a go in the Semi-Final clash against England. It could be said that England had prepared for Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thompson but their test came out of the syllabus. On a grassy Headingley pitch and with a cloud cover, this newbie blew England away.

He bowled 12 overs on the trot to finish with the figures of 6/14 and England was skittled for 93 all out. His in-swinger was particularly deadly as it accounted for five English batsmen. This was the first time, a bowler had picked up six wickets in a One-Day International.

It was a masterstroke by Greg Chappel to pull off a surprise package in such a big match and Gilmour did not disappoint. His Man-of-the-match performance helped Australia to advance to the final.

Gilmour continued with his amazing performance in the Finals against the West Indies as he claimed 5/48. However, it was not good enough to stop the West Indies from lifting their second successive World Cup title.

Strangely, Gilmour went on to play just one more ODI for Australia after that.

Published 17 Feb 2019, 16:45 IST
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