Bowling in an ODI match is as important as batting. Batsmen can score runs but it still takes some good amount of bowling to either defend a total or not allowing the team to score big. This can only be possible when bowlers pick up wickets at quick intervals and keep the opposition under pressure. More over if a team has a bowler that picks up wickets consistently in the whole tournament, then there’s nothing more a captain can ask for.

There have been brilliant bowling performances in the whole World Cup and as a result bowlers have turned out to be the highest wicket-takers of the season. In today’s stat, we will take a look at bowlers who have picked most wickets in a single edition of an ODI World Cup –

Player

WC Season

Matches

Runs Given

Wickets

BBI

Glenn McGrath (Aus)

2007 – West Indies

11

357

26

3/14

Chaminda Vaas (SL)

2003 – Ken, SA, Zim

10

331

23

6/25

Muttaiah Muralitharan (SL)

2007 – West Indies

10

351

23

4/19

Shaun Tait (Aus)

2003 – Ken, SA, Zim

11

467

23

4/39

Brett Lee (Aus)

2003 – Ken, SA, Zim

10

394

22

5/42

Glenn McGrath (Aus)

2003 – Ken, SA, Zim

11

310

21

7/15

Brad Hogg (Aus)

2007 – West Indies

11

332

21

4/27

Zaheer Khan (Ind)

2011 – Ban, Ind, SL

9

394

21

3/20

Shahid Afridi (Pak)

2011 – Ban, Ind, SL

8

270

21

5/16

Geoff Allott (NZ)

1999 – Eng, Ire, Net, Sco

9

325

20

4/37

Shane Warne (Aus)

1999 – Eng, Ire, Net, Sco

10

361

20

4/29

Stats updated till the end of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
WC Season: ODI World Cup Season
BBI: Best Bowling in an innings

There have been 11 instances when a bowler has picked up 20 or more wickets in a single edition of a World Cup. Glenn McGrath for his performance in the 2007 World Cup held in West Indies tops the list with 26 wickets in 11 matches, the most in a single edition of ODI World Cup. This list is dominated mainly by Australian bowlers as in the Top 11 we have 5 bowlers and Glen McGrath makes it to this list twice.

Zaheer Khan is the only Indian bowler to have made it to this list for his performance in the 2011 World Cup that India won. He picked up 21 wickets in 11 matches. 

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