The ODI World Cup is held every four years. England were the champions of the previous edition of the World Cup after beating New Zealand on the basis of the boundary count rule. Meanwhile, Australia are the most successful team in the history of the World Cup as they won the title a record five times.
The likes of Team India and West Indies have won two World Cups each whereas Sri Lanka and Pakistan won it once. Case in point, the cricket fraternity has witnessed several bowlers making waves with the ball since the first World Cup tournament that was organised in England in June 1975.
Case in point Sri Lanka used to be a phenomenal force to be reckoned with in international cricket, courtesy of batting and bowling greats who made a telling impact with their contributions. Although Sri Lanka struggled a bit in terms of transition, they are indeed progressing well as a team.
In this article, we will now take a glimpse at the 3 Sri Lankans with the most wickets in ODI World Cup history.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan – 68 wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan is widely acknowledged as the best bowler in the world. Notably, he is the leading wicket-taker in international cricket with a record 1347 wickets. He is also the second-leading wicket-taker in World Cup history with 68 wickets including 4 four-wicket hauls.
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2. Lasith Malinga – 56 wickets
Lasith Malinga was a valuable weapon for the Sri Lankan cricket team during the playing days of his career. He is the third-leading wicket-taker in World Cup history with 56 wickets. Notably, he accounted for 2 four-wicket hauls and a solitary fifer.
3. Chaminda Vaas – 49 wickets
Chaminda Vaas was a highly successful fast bowler for Sri Lanka during the heydays of his cricketing career. The former Sri Lankan paceman comes next on the list as he has accounted for 49 dismissals in World Cup history. Notably, he has taken 1 four-wicket haul and a solitary fifer.
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