From Wasim Akram to Jofra Archer and from Shane Warne to Rashid Khan, the 12 editions of the ICC ODI World Cup have seen some fiery and majestic spells. Bowlers always play a crucial role, especially in modern cricket, where the game favors the batters. In this article, we will look at the players with the most wickets in the ICC ODI World Cup.
1. Glenn McGrath – 71 Wickets
Glenn McGrath, the Australian pacer and three times World Cup winner, has taken the most wickets in ICC ODI World Cup History. With 71 wickets in four World Cups, Glenn McGrath played a massive role in Australia’s success in the late 90s and 2000s.
2. Muthiah Muralidaran – 68 Wickets
With 68 wickets, Muralidaran takes the second spot on this list, making him the most successful spinner in the history of the World Cup. The Sri Lankan magician played five World Cups from 1996-2011 and played a crucial role in Sri Lanka’s successful campaign in the 1996 World Cup.
3. Lasith Malinga – 56 Wickets
Another Sri Lankan, Lasith Malinga, occupies the third spot on this list with 56 wickets. The King of Yorkers played four World Cups from 2007-2019. Although he couldn’t win any World Cup with Sri Lanka but was always on top of his game whenever he played for his nation.
4. Wasim Akram – 55 Wickets
The Sultan of Swing, Wasim Akram of Pakistan, played five World Cups from 1987-2003 and took as many as 55 wickets in those editions. He was also instrumental in Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup triumph, as he took 18 wickets in the 1992 World Cup final and was awarded the Man of the Match trophy in the final for his brilliance with the ball.
5. Mitchell Starc – 49 Wickets
Mitchell Starc is a beast when it comes to the ICC World Cup, and he has taken 49 wickets in only two editions that he has played. He was the highest wicket-taker in both the World Cups that he played and also won the Player of the Tournament award in the 2015 World Cup.
As we move closer to the 2023 World Cup in India, the excitement is increasing, and some of the players will get the chance to make it to this list of “Players with the Most Wickets in the ICC ODI World Cup History.“