The ICC Men’s ODI World Cup is a cricket tournament organized by the apex cricket body, International Cricket Council (ICC) featuring national teams competing in the 50-over format, which is the One Day International (ODI) format. For the record, the 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.
However, only four bowlers have managed to complete 50 wickets in World Cup history. In this listicle, we will now take a look at the four bowlers who took more than 50 wickets.
1. Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath was one of the pivotal bowling weapons for Australia during the heydays of his career. He bowled several impactful spells and reaped rewards. McGrath is the leading wicket-taker in the history of World Cups with 71 wickets including 2 five-wicket hauls.
2. Muttiah Muralitharan
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.
3. Lasith Malinga
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.
4. Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram is widely recognized as one of the greatest bowlers of all time and as well as one of the greatest left-arm pacers in cricket history. He has been incredibly successful as a bowler for Pakistan in World Cup tournaments as he took 55 wickets including 2 four-wicket hauls and 1 fifer.