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Though there is a generally accepted notion that cricket is a batsmen’s game, bowlers are equally important as batsmen. They are instrumental in restricting their opponents from scoring huge totals. Whenever, the batsmen fail to deliver the goods it is the bowlers who bowl their hearts out to stop their opponents from reaching their target.
- With 55 wickets from 38 matches at an average of 23.83, Wasim Akram holds the record for the maximum wickets at the World Cup.
- Imran Khan of Pakistan has the best bowling average at the World Cup. His 34 wickets from 28 matches have cost him 19.26 per wicket.
- Andy Roberts has the lowest economy rate at the World Cup. His 170.1 overs has cost him 552 runs at an economy rate of 3.24 per over.
- Glenn McGrath of Australia holds the record for the best bowling figure at the World Cup. He took 7/15 against Namibia at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa .
- Imran Khan has taken a wicket in every 29. 9 balls, which is the record for the best strike rate at the World Cup.
- Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka has taken the maximum wickets at any World Cup. He took 23 wickets from 10 matches at the 1999 World Cup.
- Winston Davis of the West Indies took 7/51 against Australia at the 1983 World Cup. This is the best bowling figure on debut at the World Cup.
- Chetan Sharma of India became the first bowler at the World Cup to take a hat trick. He achieved this feat against New Zealand at the 1987 World Cup. After him, Saqlain Mushtaq ( Pakistan ), Chaminda Vaas ( Sri Lanka ) and Brett Lee ( Australia ) have recorded hat tricks at the World Cup.