The ongoing ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 in India is proving to be an spectacular event, witnessing a flurry of records shattered within just a few matches. Over its 13 editions since its establishment in 1975, this tournament has consistently brought forth the finest bowlers on the grandest stages of cricket.

Here is the list of bowlers who are the fastest to reach the 50-wicket mark in the history of ODI World Cups:

1) Mitchell Starc, Australia (2015-2023): 19 Matches

Mitchell Starc vs India, 2023 (Image source: Twitter)

Mitchell Starc, the Australian left-arm fast bowler, has been a standout performer in some previous ODI World Cups. His 50th wicket came against India in the ODI World Cup 2023, achieving a significant milestone in just 19 matches, making him the fastest to reach this feat. His ability to swing the ball at high speeds and deliver deadly yorkers has made him a force to be reckoned with in World Cup cricket.

2) Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka (2007-2019): 25 Matches

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga (Image source: Twitter)

Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan speedster with his unique action, reached 50 wickets in just 25 World Cup matches. Known for his toe-crushing yorkers and unplayable slower balls, the right-arm pacer was a nightmare for batters in World Cup competitions.

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3) Glenn McGrath, Australia (1996-2007): 30 Matches

Glenn McGrath in ODI World Cup 2007
Glenn McGrath in ODI World Cup 2007 (Image source: Twitter)

The Australian legend Glenn McGrath was a master of line and length. He took 50 wickets in 30 World Cup matches. The 53-year-old’s remarkable consistency and ability to extract bounce and seam movement made him a standout performer in the tournament.

4) Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka (1996-2011): 30 Matches

Muttiah Muralidharan in ODI World Cup 2011
Muttiah Muralidharan in ODI World Cup 2011 (Image source: Twitter)

Muttiah Muralitharan, the Sri Lankan spin wizard, also reached the 50-wicket mark in 30 World Cup appearances. His unmatched skill in spinning the ball both ways troubled even the best of batters. The right-arm bowler was a true match-winner for his nation.

5) Wasim Akram, Pakistan (1987-2003): 33 Matches

Wasim Akram in ODI World Cup 2003
Wasim Akram in ODI World Cup 2003 (Image source: Twitter)

Wasim Akram, the fast-bowling maestro, completed 50 wickets in 33 World Cup fixtures. He was known for his lethal pace, swing, and reverse swing. Akram’s ability to deliver in pressure situations made him an invaluable asset for Pakistan in World Cup tournaments.

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