Best Bowling Figures in Cricket World Cup History

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Best Bowling Figures (History) ODI World Cup

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SR No.Player NameOvrsMWRunsERMatchMatch DateVenue
1Glenn McGrath (AUS)747152.14Australia vs NamibiaFebruary 27, 2003Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
2Andy Bichel (AUS)1007202.00Australia vs EnglandMarch 2, 2003St. George’s Park, Gqeberha
3Tim Southee (NZ)90 7333.66New Zealand vs EnglandFebruary 20, 2015Sky Stadium, Wellington
4Winston Davis (WI)10.307514.85West Indies vs AustraliaJune 11, 1983Headingley, Leeds
5Gary Gilmour (AUS)1266141.16England vs Australia June 18, 1975Headingley, Leeds
6Ashish Nehra (IND)1026232.30India vs EnglandFebruary 26, 2003Kingsmead, Durban
7Shane Bond (NZ)1026232.30Australia vs New ZealandMarch 11, 2003St. George’s Park, Gqeberha
8Chaminda Vaas (SL)9.126252.72Sri Lanka vs BangladeshFebruary 14, 2003City Oval, Pietermaritzburg
9Kemar Roach (WI)8.306273.17West Indies vs NetherlandsFebruary 28, 2011Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
10Mitchell Starc (AUS)906283.11Australia vs New ZealandFebruary 28, 2015Eden Park, Auckland

Best bowling figures of ODI World Cup Year-wise

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1975Gary Gilmour 6/14
1979Alan Hurst5/21
1983 Winston Davis7/51
1987Craig McDermott5/44
1992Meyrick Pringle4/11
1996Paul Strang5/21
1999Glenn McGrath5/14
2003Glenn McGrath7/15
2007Andrew Hall5/18
2011Kemar Roach6/27
2015Tim Southee7/33
2019Shaheen Afridi6/35

A bowler has to pull its socks up in the game of cricket which has often been reflected as the bowler’s graveyard. However, a sharp-witted bowler can turn the tables by tottering in the opposition batting order with a parsimonious spell. The Cricket ODI World Cup has seen some exhilarating bowling performances in the last 12 editions and below we will talk about the best bowling figures in the World Cup history.

Who has the best bowling figures in the ODI World Cup overall?

Australia’s best ever produced fast bowler Glenn McGrath ran through the feeble Namibia batting unit after Australia posted 301 during the 2003 World Cup league game in Potchefstroom. McGrath picked up seven wickets and conceded just 15 runs from seven overs as Namibia were bowled out for a paltry 45. McGrath, who is the leading wicket-taker of the World Cup with 71 scalps, also holds the best bowling figures of the tournament.

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Just two days after McGrath’s sensational spell, Andy Bichel, another threatening pace weapon in the Aussie tank, shouldered the responsibility to restrict England to a below-par score of 204 for 8. Among the eight wickets, Bichel snared seven of them while giving just 20 runs from his full quota of 10 overs in Australia’s thrilling two-wicket win. Three more pacers in the same tournament bowled stupendously to bag six wickets each in an innings.

Australian speedster Mitchell Starc registered 6 for 28 against trans-tasman rivals New Zealand in a low-scoring thriller at Auckland in the 2015 World Cup league fixture. Starc’s figures went in vain with Blackcaps taking a one-wicket win home and that incredible spell turned out to be the 10th best bowling figures in the ICC World Cup history.

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Interestingly, there aren’t any spinners featured in the list of top 10 bowling figures in the quadrennial event at the moment. Perhaps the 2023 World Cup will present them the opportunity, given the spin-assisting conditions in India.