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Aakash Mishra
Posted on 27 Feb, 2023
By Aakash Mishra
On 27 Feb, 2023
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By Aakash Mishra
On 27 Feb, 2023
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A Look At The Highest Wicket-Takers In ODI World Cup History

A Look At The Highest Wicket-Takers In ODI World Cup History: Cricket is a sport that is loved by millions of people around the world. One of the most prestigious events in cricket is the ICC ODI World Cup. The tournament takes place every four years and is contested by the top cricketing nations in the world. One of the most coveted records in the tournament is the highest wicket-taker. In this article, we will take a detailed look at the highest wicket-takers in the ODI World Cup to date.

Highest Wicket-Takers in ODI World Cup History

Glenn McGrath – 71 wickets

Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath is the highest wicket-taker in ODI World Cup history. McGrath played in four World Cups (1996, 1999, 2003, 2007) and picked up 71 wickets at an impressive average of 18.19. He was a crucial part of the Australian team that won the World Cup in 1999, 2003 and 2007. McGrath’s accuracy and ability to swing the ball made him a nightmare for batters.

Muttiah Muralitharan – 68 wickets

Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan is second on the list of highest wicket-takers in ODI World Cup history. Muralitharan played in five World Cups (1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011) and picked up 68 wickets at an average of 19.63. He was a key part of the Sri Lankan team that won the World Cup in 1996. Muralitharan’s variations and ability to spin the ball both ways made him a difficult proposition for any batsman.


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Lasith Malinga- 56 wickets

Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan fast bowler, holds the record for the most wickets in a World Cup match (6-38). He also has the highest number of four-wicket hauls (4) and the third-highest total number of wickets (56) in World Cup history, behind Glenn McGrath and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Wasim Akram – 55 wickets

Pakistani left-arm fast bowler Wasim Akram is third on the list of highest wicket-takers in ODI World Cup history. Akram played in five World Cups (1987, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003) and picked up 55 wickets at an average of 23.83. He was a key part of the Pakistani team that won the World Cup in 1992. Akram’s ability to swing the ball both ways and his deadly yorkers made him one of the most feared bowlers in world cricket.

Mitchell Starc – 49 Wickets

Mitchell Starc, the Australian left-arm fast bowler, holds multiple records in the ICC Cricket World Cup (ODI) tournament. He has taken the most wickets in a single edition with 27 wickets in 2015 and holds the record for the most in a World Cup tournament with 49 wickets in 2015 and 2019 combined.

Chaminda Vaas – 49 wickets

Sri Lankan left-arm fast bowler Chaminda Vaas is fourth on the list of highest wicket-takers in ODI World Cup history. Vaas played in three World Cups (1999, 2003, 2007) and picked up 49 wickets at an average of 21.78. He was a key part of the Sri Lankan team that reached the final of the World Cup in 2007. Vaas was known for his ability to swing the ball and accuracy.

The ODI World Cup has seen some incredible bowling performances over the years, with bowlers pushing themselves to their limits to achieve great results. Records have been set and broken, with some of the best bowlers in the world making their mark on this prestigious tournament.

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