Most Maiden Overs In World Cup

Last Modified Oct 3, 2023 12:23 IST

The first three editions of the World Cup were 60-over contests. Each bowler could bowl a maximum of 12 overs instead of 10 in the 50-over format.


In the first ever Cricket World Cup in 1975, India’s left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi bowled in only a couple of innings but recorded 14 maiden overs. Nobody could bowl a total of more than 14 maiden overs in that entire World Cup tournament.


Here is the complete list of players who bowled the most number of maiden overs in World Cup from 1975 to 2019 World Cup:

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Players With Most Maiden Overs In World Cup (Year Wise)


YearNameMaiden OverInningsTeam
2019Jasprit Bumrah 99India
2015Trent Boult149New Zealand
2011Tim Southee98New Zealand
2007Chaminda Vaas1510Sri Lanka
2003Glenn McGrath1811Australia
1999Shane Warne1310Australia
1996Glenn McGrath107Australia
1992Derek Pringle158England
1987Phil DeFreitas128England
1983Bob Willis197England
1979Majid Khan84Pakistan
1975BS Bedi142India


The most number of maiden overs bowled in a single edition of a World Cup tournament is 19, by England pacer Bob Willis in 1983 in England. Australia’s Glenn McGrath is the only bowler to bowl the most maidens in a Cricket World Cup edition twice. He did it 1996 and 2003 World Cups when he bowled 10 and 18 maidens respectively.


So far, three Englishmen, three Australians, 2 Kiwis, and 2 from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka each have topped the maiden overs charts in world cup. Out of the 12 toppers, 10 are pacers and 2 are spinners. The pacers have clearly ruled the roost here.


Most Maidens in World Cup (Overall)


SpanPlayerTeamMaidensInningsWktsBBI
1996-2007Glenn McGrath Australia4239717/15
1996-2007Chaminda Vaas Sri Lanka3931496/25
1975-1983Sir Richard Hadlee New Zealand3813225/25
1996-2007Shaun PollockSouth Africa3731315/36
1979-1992Sir Ian Botham England3322304/31
1987-1996Phil DeFreitasEngland3022293/28
1975-1983Sir Andy RobertsWest Indies2916263/32
1979-1992Kapil DevIndia2725285/43
1979-1983Bob WillisEngland2711184/11
1987-1999Courtney WalshWest Indies2317274/25

The Australia pacer Glenn McGrath tops the table with 42 maidens in 39 innings. Chaminda Vaas holds the second position with a difference of 3 maidens. There are 3 Englishmen in the list and 2 West Indians.



Glenn McGrath of Australia protest to umpire David Shepherd



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