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Cricket World Cup History: 7 all-time World Cup records which might not be broken

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#2 Most wickets in WC history - Glenn McGrath (71 wickets)

McGrath - always a threat with the ball
McGrath - always a threat with the ball

There is a saying in cricket that batsmen win you games, while bowlers win you tournaments. Glenn McGrath was a pioneer on that front as he led the Australian bowling attack in the era they dominated. His impeccable consistency in line and length troubled every batsman in his era.

McGrath had a mediocre tournament in 1996 as he could pick up only six wickets in seven games. However, conditions in England suited him the best in 1999, as his 18 wickets helped Australia win the World Cup for the second time.

His performance saw a facelift in the 2003 World Cup as he scalped 21 wickets. His spell of 7/15 against Namibia still holds the record for best figures in a World Cup game. His wicket of Sachin Tendulkar also went a long way in handing Australia the title.

His best performance came in his final World Cup in 2007 as he picked up wickets in every game he played. His tally of 26 is the most by any bowler in a single World Cup game.

McGrath holds the record for most wickets in World Cup history with 71 wickets from 39 games, one record that might never be broken.