Stats: Top 5 highest wicket takers in ICC World Cups 

Veteran Indian pace bowler Zaheer Khan announces his retirement leaving his fans in nostalgia. He has assets that today’s Indian bowlers lack. He has pace and swing. He had the ability to out think any batsman. His contribution to the Indian team was immense. He spearheads India’s fast bowling department when Indian topped the ICC Test ranking in 2009. He was the joint highest wicket taker along with Yuvraj Singh in  India’s historic World Cup victory at home in 2011.

One-day cricket may not provide a big enough canvas to showcase all his skills with the ball – the swing of both varieties, subtle changes of angles, the use of the bouncer, setting up batsmen through elaborate plans – but he remains one of India’s key bowlers in the format. It was in this format that he announced himself to India, bowling Steve Waugh with a low full-toss in a Champions Trophy match in 2000.

But, the 37, years old, suffered many injuries in his career. In 2005, after playing for Asia XI against Africa XI he was diagnosed with a hamstring injury for 7 months. His performances were remarkable. But, he failed to back in action after 2014 Test match against New Zealand because of injury. His 14-year-old career comes to an end due to a  series of injuries, the latest being a shoulder complaint. While announcing his retirement, Zaheer said he will ply his tarde in Indian Premier league.

His teammates paid him rich tributes. Harbhajan Singh, who played with him for a decade, tweeted.

 

Zaheer played three World Cups for India. Among those three he played two finals. In 2003, young Zaheer khan lost his sharpness in the final against Australia in Johannesburg. Australian opener Adam Gilchrist and captain Ricky Ponting rattled his line and length. In 2007, Tamim Iqbal battered him. However, Zaheer’s 2003 World Cup performance was impressive expect the final. He took 19 wickets in 11 matches in 2003 World Cup. In 2007, India was exited from the group stage losing to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. But, still Zaheer managed 5 wickets in three matches.

His best performance in ICC world championship  came in 2011 World Cup at home. He took wickets in every match. Four three wickets and two wickets haul. The match against South Africa in Nagpur, where India lost their only game of the tournament Zaheer Khan got the wicket of Graeme Smith, whom he scalped 13 times in his career. Zaheer added many feathers to his 14-year long illustrative career. One of them is his record in ICC World Cups. He finished his career among the top five bowlers, who have highest wickets in the biggest multilateral tournament of ICC.  

Here is the list of top 5 highest wicket takers in ICC World Cups 

Bowlers

Innings

Overs

Runs

Wickets

BBI

Glenn McGrath

39

325.5

1292

71

7/15

Muttiah Muralitharan

39

343.3

1335

68

4/19

Wasim Akram

36

324.3

1311

55

5/28

Chaminda Vaas

31

261.4

1040

49

6/25

Zaheer Khan

23

198.5

890

44

4/42

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