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Best Top Fast and Spin Bowlers in World Cup Cricket

by on January 4, 2011
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Australian bowler Glenn McGrath

Best Top Fast Bowlers in World Cup Cricket  

Fast bowlers always have been very effective in any format of the game and in any series. We can easily judge this from the best bowlers list in World Cups. These fast bowlers have been very economical in comparison to spin bowlers. Although MURALI and SHANE WARNE also performed well in the World Cup, their economy rate with comparison to WASIM and MCGRATH is too high. Both of these legendry bowlers bowled with tight line and length to restrict the opposition and their pace, and swing gave them extra advantage. This World Cup best bowlers list is clearly dominated by fast swing bowlers.

Serial No Bowler Wickets
1 McGrath 71
2 Wasim Akram 55
3 M Muralitharan 53
4 CH Vaas 49
5 Srinath 44
6 AA Donald 38
7 GB Hogg 34
8 Imran Khan 34
9 Shane Warne 32
10 Chris Harris 32

Best Top Ten Spinners in World Cup Cricket  

Spinners, with their legbreak googly, put a magic in the ball to get wickets. Spinners use countless strategies and tactics to spin the ball. There are many successful and renowned spinners in the history of World Cup. Muttiah Muralitharan of the Sri Lankan team is one of the most versatile spinners of World Cup. He has 53 wickets in his account to grab the first position in the race of top ten spinners of World Cup tournaments. Here is the list of all the best spinners of the World Cup.

Bowler Wickets Country
M Muralitharan 53 Sri Lanka
SK Warne 32 Australia
A Kumble 31 India
ST Jayasuriya 27 Sri Lanka
Mushtaq Ahmed 26 Pakistan
Abdul Qadir 24 Pakistan
Saqlain Mushtaq 23 (Pak)
AJ Traicos 16 Zimbabwe
PA Strang 15 Zimbabwe
VJ Marks 13 England

 

Best Bowlers in World Cup Cricket by Nation

If we look critically at the best bowlers in World Cup nation-wise, we can easily conclude that both fast bowlers and spin bowlers were equally effective. All of these bowlers were the best of their respective times; most of them used to rely on swing and length. They didn’t focus on bowling speed that much. Bowlers like Wasim and McGrath tested many great batsmen with perfect length and swing. On the other hand, bowlers like Murali and Shane Warne proved the importance of having a spin bowler in the team and that’s why they are ranked high in the best bowlers of World Cup list.

Serial No Country Player Wickets
1 Australia Glen McGrath 71
2 Pakistan Wasim Akram 55
3 Srilanka Muralitharan 53
4 India Javagal srinath 44
5 South Africa Allan Donald 38
6 Australia Brad Hogg 34
7 Pakistan Imran Khan 34
8 Australia Shane Warne 32
9 New Zeeland Chris Harris 32
10 India Anil Kumble 31
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