We have seen some great performances in this World Cup so far but very rarely we have been able to witness performances that have been able to win the match for a team with a brilliant bowling effort. Tim Southee’s 7 wicket-haul did that today against England. 

A World Cup that has only benefitted the batsmen so far, out of the sudden we witnessed a bowling effort that rattled the batting line up of the opposition team. The opposition also wasn’t any non-test playing team, but one of the favorites to qualify for the quarter-finals easily, England. 

Let us take a look at the stat below of the Best Bowling Spells in ICC Cricket World Cup –

Player

Over’s

Runs

Wickets

Opposition

Glenn McGrath (Aus)

7.0

15

7

Namibia

Andy Bichel (Aus)

10.0

20

7

England

Tim Southee (NZ)

9.0

33

7

England

Winston Davis (WI)

10.3

51

7

Australia

Gary Gilmour (Aus)

12.0

14

6

England

Ashish Nehra (Ind)

10.0

23

6

England

Shane Bond (NZ)

10.0

23

6

Australia

Chamminda Vaas (SL)

9.1

25

6

Bangladesh

Kemar Roach (WI)

8.3

27

6

Netherlands

Lasith Malinga (SL)

7.4

38

6

Kenya

 Stat updated till 20 February, 2015

McGrath’s performance of 7-15 against Namibia in the 2003 World Cup tops the list, after which comes Andy Bichel’s bowling effort of 7-20 against England in the 2003 World Cup at Port Elizabeth. After which, we have the latest entrant into the list that showcases one of the best bowling spells by Tim Southee in his bowling career, where he picked up 7 wickets by giving away just 33 runs against England in Wellington.

This spell of Southee is considered to be one of the best, because of the movement he got in the air and kept clipping the off-stump. English batsmen were clueless as to what was coming at them. It was pure display of skill at Wellington. Every delivery that Southee bowled proved to be unplayable by the batsmen.

Ashish Nehra’s bowling spell of 6-23 also makes it to the list, which he got against England.

However, one thing that hasn’t happened in a World Cup match so far is that a bowler hasn’t picked up more than 7 wickets in a match and this time around as well Southee could only manage 7 before the England team got all-out for 123 runs.

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