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Top 5 Most Wickets Takers in the ICC World Cup History

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A strong bowling unit has been increasingly important to winning ODI World Cups in recent years as the power of the bat has surpassed that of the ball in cricket. We have highlighted the top wicket-takers in World Cup history as the 13th edition gets underway. Check the Top 5 Most Wickets Takers in the ICC World Cup History.

Find the bowlers with the most World Cup wickets in their careers. Find out the Top 5 Bowlers that have taken the Most Wickets during the ICC ODI World Cup. Best Bowlers who had strong bowling performances and took the most wickets during their ICC Worldcup careers.

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Top 5 Most Wickets Takers in the ICC World Cup History

Cricket fans around the world are looking forward to some high-profile matches. Many bowlers have also helped their team win the coveted trophy and allow them to experience some individual glory alongside the greats on statistics records.

Many bowlers have participated in and won the World Cup throughout the years. So let’s take a look at the bowlers who have taken the most World Cup wickets.

S.noPlayer name
1Glenn McGrath
2Muttiah Muralitharan
3Lasith Malinga
4Wasim Akram
5Mitchell Starc
6Chaminda Vaas
7Zaheer Khan
8Javagal Srinath
9Imran Tahir
10Trent Boult

5. Mitchell Starc

In World Cups, Mitchell Starc has shown an ability to step up his performance. He has taken a staggering 49 wickets in just 18 games between 2015 and 2019 combined. At the 2019 World Cup, he also carried on the pattern and finished first in wickets for the second time in a row.

In a nail-biting low-scoring match against New Zealand in Auckland during the 2015 tournament, he actually had his best ODI bowling statistics.

Born30 January 1990
Height1.97 m

4. Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram, perhaps Pakistan’s best bowler, competed in five World Cups between 1987 and 2003. During the 2003 World Cup, bowler Akram, who is renowned for his lightning-quick pace and command of reverse swing, became the first player to reach 500 wickets in ODI cricket.

Born3 June 1966 
NicknameSultan of Swing
Height1.88 m

3. Lasith Malinga

Malinga, who popularized T20 cricket with his unique low-arm slinging motion and knack for getting wickets, also excelled for Sri Lanka at the World Cups. He grabbed 13 wickets at 20.76 even though his side lost the 2011 final to rivals India. He is well renowned for his wide variety of dangerous pitches, especially slower balls and yorkers.

Born28 August 1983
NicknameSlinga Malinga, Yorker King, Kagawena, Mali, Rathgama Express
Height1.73 m
NationSri Lanka

2. Muttiah Muralitharan

One of just two spinners, Muttiah Muralitharan served as Sri Lanka’s talisman for more than 15 years and was no less effective during World Cups, taking 68 wickets. He is also famous for his bowling style and his skills.

Top 5 Most Wickets Takers in the ICC World Cup History
Born17 April 1972
Height1.70 m
NationSri Lanka

1. Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath has the most wickets and the greatest statistics in World Cups. The pacer competed in four World Cups, winning three of them and making it to the championship game in each. He also held the distinction of getting a wicket off the final ball of his Test and T20I careers. He took around 71 wickets in the World Cup which is also the highest in history.

Born9 February 1970
Height1.96 m


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