Pakistan cricket team have featured in 12 Cricket World Cups. The Green Shirts played their first World Cup in 1975. Notably, they reached the semi-finals on five occasions in 1979, 1987, 1992, 1999 and 2011. Pakistan have also won the tournament once in 1992 by beating England in the final.
Pakistan’s national cricket team has produced some of the greatest fast bowlers of all time in its history. Some of them made waves in international cricket including the big events like the ODI World Cups and carved out a reputation for themselves as the bowling greats.
Cricket is extremely popular in Pakistan, and there is a culture of fast bowling in the nation. Moreover, the Pakistan Cricket Board has invested heavily in the pace bowling development. Case in point, let’s now take a glimpse at the three Pakistani bowlers who took the most wickets in ODI World Cup history.
1. Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time during the playing days of his cricketing career. The Pakistan bowling great was a genuine pace bowling material and is best known for his swing bowling. He has played as many as 38 games in ODI World Cup history wherein he accounted for 55 dismissals. Notably, he took 2 four-wicket hauls and 1 fifer.
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2. Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz comes second on the list as he is the second-leading wicket-taker for the Pakistan cricket team in the history of the ODI World Cup. The Lahore-born played 20 games in the marquee event wherein he accounted for 35 dismissals including 1 four-wicket haul and one five-wicket haul.
3. Imran Khan
Imran Khan was a genuine fast bowler for the Pakistan cricket team in his playing days. He was best known for his potential to move the ball both ways. He was the captain of the Pakistan team that won the 1992 Cricket World Cup. He is the third leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in the history of the ODI World Cups. He has bagged 34 wickets in 28 appearances including 2 four-wicket hauls.
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Updated as of August 24, 2023.