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Best Bowling Figures in ODI World Cup history

In this article, we will take a look at the best bowling figures in ODI World Cup history. In the various lists of best bowling figures in the ODI World Cup history, we are clearly seeing many big names.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 10.10.2023
Best Bowling Figures in ODI World Cup history

In the five-decade history of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, we haven’t only experienced many great batting performances but also enjoyed many unforgettable bowling performances.

Here we are going through the top best bowling records in the ODI World Cup history.

In the various lists of best bowling figures in the ODI World Cup history, we are clearly seeing many big names.


Article Contents

  • What is the best bowling figures in World Cup

    • List of best bowling figures (Top 10)

  • What is the best bowling figures by a pacer in ODI World Cup

  • List of best bowling figures by pacers (Top 5)

  • Which is the best bowling figures by a spinner in World Cup

    • List of best bowling figures by spinners (Top 5)

  • What is the best bowling figures by a captain in World Cup

    • List of best bowling figures by captains (Top 5)


    ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup: Records for best bowling figures


    Q. What is the best bowling figures in World Cup history?

    A. Australian legendary pacer Glenn McGrath holds the best bowling figures record in the ODI World Cup history with the dominating bowling figures of 7-4-15-7 (vs Namibia at Potchefstroom on 27 February 2003).


    Top 10 Best Bowling Figures in ODI World Cup history


    Player (Team)

    Bowling figures

    Opposition

    Venue

    Date

    Glenn McGrath (Australia)

    7-4-15-7

    Namibia

    Potchefstroom

    27 February 2003

    Andy Bichel

    (Australia)

    10-0-20-7

    England

    Gqeberha

    2 March 2003

    Tim Southee

    (New Zealand)

    9-0-33-7

    England

    Wellington

    20 February 2015

    Winston Davis

    (West Indies)

    10.3-0-51-7

    Australia

    Leeds

    11 June 1983

    Gary Gilmour

    (Australia)

    12-6-14-6

    England

    Leeds

    18 June 1975

    Ashish Nehra

    (India)

    10-2-23-6

    England

    Durban

    26 February 2003

    Shane Bond

    (New Zealand)

    10-2-23-6

    Australia

    Gqeberha

    11 March 2003

    Chaminda Vaas

    (Sri Lanka)

    9.1-2-25-6

    Bangladesh

    Pietermaritzburg

    14 February 2003

    Kemar Roach

    (West Indies)

    8.3-0-27-6

    Netherlands

    Delhi

    28 February 2011

    Mitchell Starc

    (Australia)

    9-0-28-6

    New Zealand

    Auckland

    28 February 2015

    (Updated till ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)



    Q. What is the best bowling figures by a pacer in the ODI World Cup history?

    A. Legendary Australian right-arm pacer Glenn McGrath records the best bowling figures by a pacer in the ODI World Cup history. During a Group Stage game at the World Cup 2003 against Namibia at Potchefstroom, McGrath took seven wickets and ended with the bowling figures of 7-4-15-7.


    ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup: Best bowling figures by pacers (Top 5)


    Player (Team)

    Bowling figures

    Opposition

    Venue

    Date

    Glenn McGrath

    (Australia)

    7-4-15-7

    Namibia

    Potchefstroom

    27 February 2003

    Andy Bichel

    (Australia)

    10-0-20-7

    England

    Gqeberha

    2 March 2003

    Tim Southee

    (New Zealand)

    9-0-33-7

    England

    Wellington

    20 February 2015

    Winston Davis

    (West Indies)

    10.3-0-51-7

    Australia

    Leeds

    11 June 1983

    Gary Gilmour

    (Australia)

    12-6-14-6

    England

    Leeds

    18 June 1975

    (Updated till ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)

    Q. Which is the best bowling figures by a spinner in World Cup history?

    A. Pakistan leg-spinner Shahid Afridi has the record for best bowling figures by a spinner in the ODI World Cup history. He had the bowling figures 8-3-16-5 against Kenya at Hambantota on 23 February 2011.


    ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup: Best bowling figures by spinners (Top 5)


    Player (Team)

    Bowling figures

    Opposition

    Venue

    Date

    Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

    8-3-16-5

    Kenya

    Hambantota

    23 February 2011

    Paul Strang (Zimbabwe)

    9.4-1-21-5

    Kenya

    Patna

    27 February 1996

    Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

    10-0-23-5

    Canada

    Colombo (RPS)

    3 March 2011

    Collins Obuya (Kenya)

    10-0-24-5

    Sri Lanka

    Nairobi (Gym)

    24 February 2003

    Shaukat Dukanwala (UAE)

    10-0-29-5

    Netherlands

    Lahore

    1 March 1996

    (Updated till ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)


    Q. What is the best bowling figures by a captain in World Cup history?

    A. Pakistan leggie Shahid Afridi also has the record for best bowling figures by a captain in the ODI World Cup history. During a 2011 World Cup Group Stage game against Kenya at Hambantota, skipper Afridi had bowling figures 8-3-16-5.


    ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup: Best bowling figures by captains (Top 5)


    Player (Team)

    Bowling figures

    Opposition

    Venue

    Date

    Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

    8-3-16-5

    Kenya

    Hambantota

    23 February 2011

    Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

    10-0-23-5

    Canada

    Colombo (RPS)

    3 March 2011

    Kapil Dev (India)

    12-2-43-5

    Australia

    Nottingham

    13 June 1983

    Jason Holder (West Indies)

    10-1-27-4

    UAE

    Napier

    15 March 2015

    Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

    9.3-1-30-4

    West Indies

    Mirpur

    23 March 2011

    (Updated till ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)

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