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Like the experienced batsmen, many experienced bowlers also showed their actual value in their teams during the 2007 ODI World Cup (officially known as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007).
While West Indies hosted the 2007 ODI World Cup, Australia won that tournament after beating Sri Lanka in the final of that tournament. Both Australian and Sri Lankan bowlers dominated in that entire tournament.
Here we are talking about the top five most wicket-takers in the 2007 ODI World Cup
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) – 18 wickets
Sri Lankan right-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga hugely impressed in the 2007 ODI World Cup as he played the dominant role in the Sri Lankan pace-bowling line-up. During that tournament, Malinga managed to pick up 18 wickets in eight matches. He had the overall bowling figures in that tournament of 58.2-6-284-18 with an average of 15.77 and economy rate of 4.86.
Malinga’s best performance in that tournament was against South Africa during the Super 8 stage (at Providence on 28th March 2007). When South Africa were just four runs away from the victory in more than five overs left and they still had five wickets in hand, Malinga showed his actual class. He not only claimed a hat-trick in that moment, but became the first bowler in ODI history to claim four wickets in four successive deliveries (two wickets in the last two balls of the 45th over and two wickets in the first two balls of the 47th over).
Desperate Malinga had the bowling figures of 9.2-0-54-4, but Sri Lanka unfortunately lost that thrilling game by just one wicket.