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Highest Wicket Taker




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In spite of One-Day Internationals being considered a batsmen's game, bowlers play a big role in the outcome of any game. When the opposing side is on top, the bowlers give the crucial breakthrough.
So there is no doubt that bowlers are as much important as batsmen are.

Wasim Akram has captured the maximum number of wickets at the World Cup. In 38 matches, Akram has scalped 55 wickets at an average of 23.83. He also has a tremendous strike rate of 35.4, which means one wicket every six overs. He has taken five wickets in an innings once and four wickets on two occasions. His 5/28 against Namibia at the 2003 World Cup is his best performance in a match.

Australian Glenn McGrath, with 45 wickets, holds the second spot while Javagal Srinath of India occupies the third position with 44 wickets.

Name

Country

Matches

Wickets

Best Figures

W Akram

Pakistan

38

55

5/28

Glenn McGrath

Australia

28

45

7/15

J Srinath

India

34

44

4/30

A Donald

South Africa

25

38

4/17

Chaminda Vaas

Sri Lanka

21

36

6/25

I Khan

Pakistan

28

34

4/37

S Warne

Australia

17

32

4/27

C Harris

New Zealand

28

32

4/7

M Muralitharan

Sri Lanka

21

30

4/28

I Botham

England

22

30

4/31


In terms of highest number of wickets in a particular match McGrath holds the No.1 spot. His figure of 7/15 against Namibia in the 2003 World Cup is the best so far in the history of the World Cup. His teammate Andrew Bichel also took seven wickets against England but gave away 20 runs. He also achieved this feat at the 2003 World Cup. Winston Davies completes the top three with figure of 7/51 against England at the 1983 World Cup.




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