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Most wickets in ODI World Cup history | Highest wicket takers in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup

Legendary bowler Glenn McGrath currently holds the record for most wickets in the ODI World Cup history as he picked up 71 wickets. In this article, we take a look at the list of highest wicket takers in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 04.10.2023
Most wickets in ODI World Cup history

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup hasn’t only experienced many great batting performances but has also seen many incredible bowling performances. Here, we are going through the records for most wickets in ODI Cricket World Cup history.

In this article, we can see the top great bowling talents who have performed consistently in this greatest international cricket challenge in the ODI format.

Article Contents:

  • Who has the most wickets in the World Cup history

  • List of most wickets (Top 10)

  • Which pacer takes most wickets in World Cup history

  • List of most wickets by pacers (Top 5)

  • Which spinner records most wickets in World Cup history

  • List of most wickets by spinners (Top 5)

  • Which captain takes most wickets in World Cup history

  • List of most wickets by captains (Top 5)

 

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup: Records for most wickets

Q. Who has the most wickets in World Cup history?

A. Legendary Australian right-arm fast-medium Glenn McGrath holds the record for most wickets in the ODI World Cup history as he picked up 71 wickets.


Glenn McGrath (Image Credit: X)


ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup: Most wickets (Top 10)


Player (Team)

Matches (Innings)

Wickets

Best Bowling Figures

Average

4wks/5wks

Glenn McGrath (Australia)

39 (39)

71

7/15

18.19

0/2

Muttiah Muralitharan

(Sri Lanka)

40 (39)

68

4/19

19.63

4/0

Lasith Malinga

(Sri Lanka)

29 (28)

56

6/38

22.87

2/1

Wasim Akram (Pakistan)

38 (36)

55

5/28

23.83

2/1

Mitchell Starc (Australia)

18 (18)

49

6/28

14.81

3/3

Chaminda Vaas

(Sri Lanka)

31 (31)

49

6/25

21.22

1/1

Zaheer Khan

(India)

23 (23)

44

4/42

20.22

1/0

Javagal Srinath

(India)

34 (33)

44

4/30

27.81

2/0

Imran Tahir

(Sri Lanka)

22 (21)

40

5/45

21.17

4/1

Trent Boult

(New Zealand)

19 (19)

39

5/27

21.79

3/1

(Updated till ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)


Q. Which pacer took the most wickets in World Cup history?

A. Among the pacers, legendary Aussie right-arm fast-medium Glenn McGrath records the most wickets in the ODI World Cup history with 71 wickets.


ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup: Most wickets by pacers (Top 5)


Player (Team)

Matches (Innings)

Wickets

Best Bowling Figures

Average

4wks/5wks

Glenn McGrath (Australia)

39 (39)

71

7/15

18.19

0/2

Lasith Malinga

(Sri Lanka)

29 (28)

56

6/38

22.87

2/1

Wasim Akram (Pakistan)

38 (36)

55

5/28

23.83

2/1

Mitchell Starc (Australia)

18 (18)

49

6/28

14.81

3/3

Chaminda Vaas

(Sri Lanka)

31 (31)

49

6/25

21.22

1/1

(Updated till ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)

 

Q. Which spinner records the most wickets in the World Cup history?

A. Among the spinners, legendary Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan holds the most wickets record in the ODI World Cup history. He collected 68 wickets in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup history. 

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup: Most wickets by spinners (Top 5)


Player (Team)

Matches (Innings)

Wickets

Best Bowling Figures

Average

4wks/5wks

Muthiah Muralidaran

(Sri Lanka)

40 (39)

68

4/19

19.63

4/0

Imran Tahir

(Sri Lanka)

22 (21)

40

5/45

21.17

4/1

Daniel Vettori

(New Zealand)

32 (31)

36

4/18

32.44

2/0

Brad Hogg

(Australia)

21 (20)

34

4/27

19.23

2/0

Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

29 (29)

34

5/29

35.94

1/1

(Updated till ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)

 

Q. Which captain takes the most wickets in World Cup history?

A. Pakistan World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan records the most wickets by captains in the ODI World Cup history with 24 wickets.


ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup: Most wickets by captains (Top 5)


Player (Team)

Matches (Innings)

Wickets

Best Bowling Figures

Average

4wks/5wks

Imran Khan

(Pakistan)

22 (13)

24

4/37

19.70

2/0

Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

8 (8)

21

5/16

12.85

2/2

Wasim Akram (Pakistan)

15 (14)

18

4/40

26.50

1/0

Jason Holder

(West Indies)

16 (15)

17

4/27

40.82

1/0

Kapil Dev

(India)

15 (15)

17

5/43

29.64

0/1

(Updated till ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)

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