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Best bowling performances in ODI World Cup Finals

Take a look at the best bowling performances in ODI World Cup finals. Joel Garner holds this record. Garner’s impressive bowling figures 11-0-38-5 led the Caribbean team to 1979 world cup win.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 18.11.2023
Best bowling performances in ODI World Cup Finals

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The Final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is the most important challenge for a player where everyone dreams of bringing the best performance to win the trophy. 

We are going through the best bowling performances in the ODI World Cup Finals.

Mohinder Amarnath (India) – 3/12 vs West Indies in 1983


In the Cricket World Cup 1983 Final, India successfully defended 183 runs in a 60-over game against the two-time champions West Indies, thanks to Mohinder Amarnath’s brilliant all-rounder performances. After scoring 26 runs, the Player of the Match Amarnath had the match-winning bowling figures 7-0-12-3 as West Indies were bundled out for only 140 runs. The Indian right-arm medium bowler took the wickets of Jeff Dujon (25), Malcolm Marshall (18) and Michael Holding (6).

Keith Boyce (West Indies) – 4/50 vs Australia in 1975

While West Indies (291/8) beat Australia (274) by 17 runs in the inaugural Cricket World Cup Final (1975), Keith Boyce had an important role in West Indies’ win as Caribbean right-arm fast-medium bowler finished with the bowling figures 12-0-50-4. In that game, he dismissed the opener Rick McCosker (7), Rod Marsh (11), Gary Gilmour (14) and Ross Edwards (28).

Shane Warne (Australia) – 4/33 vs Pakistan in 1999

The Aussie leg-spinner Shane Warne dominated at the ICC Cricket World Cup 1999 Final as Australia (133/2) thrashed Pakistan (132) by eight wickets with 179 balls remaining. While the top orders were shaken by the Aussie pacers, legendary leggie Warne finished with the bowling figures 9-1-33-4. The Player of the Match dismissed Ijaz Ahmed (22), Moin Khan (6), Shahid Afridi (13) and skipper Wasim Akram (8).

Gary Gilmour (Australia) – 5/48 vs West Indies in 1975

During the inaugural Cricket World Cup Final in 1975, Australian left-arm fast-medium bowler Gary Gilmour recorded the first five-wicket haul in the ODI World Cup Final. He ended the first innings with the bowling figures 12-2-48-5. However, Australia ultimately suffered a defeat in that Final as they (274 all out) failed to chase the 292 runs target in 60 overs. In that historic ODI, Gilmour dismissed Alvin Kallicharran (12), skipper and centurion Clive Lloyd (102), Rohan Kanhai (55), Sir Viv Richards (5) and Deryck Murray (14).

Joel Garner (West Indies) – 5/38 vs England in 1979

Caribbean right-arm fast bowler Joel Garner records the best bowling figures in the ODI World Cup Final history. After West Indies’ 286/9 in 60 overs, Garner’s impressive bowling figures 11-0-38-5 led the Caribbean team to all out the English team for only 194 runs. His four out of five wickets were bowled dismissals as his victims were Graham Gooch (32), David Gower (0), Wayne Larkins (0), Chris Old (0) and Bob Taylor (0).

Best bowling figures in the Final of the ODI World Cups

Player (Team)

Bowling figures




Joel Garner (West Indies)




June 23, 1979

Gary Gilmour (Australia)


West Indies


June 21, 1975

Shane Warne (Australia)




June 20, 1999

Keith Boyce (West Indies)




June 21, 1975

Mohinder Amarnath (India)


West Indies


June 25, 1983

(Updated as of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)

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