The ICC Cricket World Cup has witnessed some remarkable performances over the years, etching moments of brilliance into the annals of cricket history, including bowling figures that defied the norms and left spectators in awe.
Top-five figures bowling performances in ODI World Cup
As we celebrate the rich history of the ODI World Cup, here are the top five performances where bowlers and their extraordinary feats stand as a testament to the enduring charm of cricket.
1) Glenn McGrath: 7/15 vs Namibia – ODI World Cup 2023
In the 2003 edition of the ODI World Cup, Glenn McGrath stamped his authority with a sensational performance against Namibia. His figures of 7/15 not only demolished the opposition but also set a benchmark for the ages. The right-armer’s precision and relentless accuracy left the Namibian batters grappling, making this spell one of the most memorable in World Cup history.
2) Andy Bichel: 7/20 vs England – ODI World Cup 2003
The ODI World Cup 2003 witnessed another bowling masterpiece orchestrated by Andy Bichel. His phenomenal figures of 7/20 against England in S. George’s Park showcased his ability to dismantle a batting lineup. The right-arm pacer’s skilful use of pace variations and well-directed deliveries left the English side reeling, highlighting his crucial role in Australia‘s triumphant campaign.
3) Tim Southee: 7/33 vs England, ODI World Cup 2015
Tim Southee etched his name in World Cup history during the 11th edition of the ICC event with a spectacular performance against England. His figures of 7/33 at Wellington were a testament to his swing bowling mastery. Southee’s ability to extract movement in favourable conditions left England’s batting lineup in disarray, earning the Whangārei-born cricketer a place among the bowling greats in the World Cup.
4) Winston Davis: 7/51 vs Australia, ODI World Cup 1983
Winston Davis left an indelible mark in the ODI World Cup 1983 with a mesmerizing performance against Australia. His figures of 7/51 showcased the West Indies’ dominance during that era. The right-arm speedster’s lethal pace and accuracy underscored the Caribbean bowling prowess on the grand stage.
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5) Mohammed Shami: 7/57 vs New Zealand, ODI World Cup 2023
In the most recent addition to the list, Mohammed Shami‘s brilliant spell of 7/57 against New Zealand in the first semifinal ODI World Cup 2023 deserves special mention. His ability to strike at crucial intervals and dismantle the Kiwi lineup played a pivotal role in India’s victory. The 33-year-old’s heroics added a new chapter to the history of standout bowling performances in the ODI World Cup.
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