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Cricket World Cup 1975-2007: Five wickets in a Match by Fast Bowlers/ Medium Pacers

by on December 21, 2010
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Cricket World Cup 1975-2007: Five wickets in a Match by Fast Bowlers/ Medium Pacers

Yet again we see Aussies registering another record of taking five or more wickets in a match. Australian legendary fast bowler Gary Gilmour holds this record. He has marked the best economy rate of 1.16 by taking 5 wickets for just 14 runs in 12 overs against England during 1975 Cricket World Cup. Not only that he holds a record of taking 5 wickets twice in 1975 Cricket World Cup, second one was against West Indies. On best economy rate basis, Glenn McGrath is on second slot with an economy rate of 1.61 by fetching 5 wickets for 14 runs in 8.4 overs against West Indies in 1999 Cricket World Cup. Although Glen McGrath has taken 7 wickets in a match in World Cup 7 wickets in a match against Namibia in 2003 Cricket World Cup, the economy rate was marginally higher at 2.14 which led McGrath’s this performance on a comparatively lower position on our chart.

Most 5 Wickets in Cricket World Cup 1975-2007

Analysing the performances of bowlers on the basis of most 5 or even more wickets taken in a tournament, Aussies dominate the Cricket World Cup history. Firstly, the number of times a player took 5 wickets in a tournament. Secondly, in case of a tie (for e.g. three bowlers have taken 5 wickets once in a tournament) the bowler is selected on good economy rate.

 

Cricket World Cup      Bowler              Bowling Figures

1975                               Gary Gilmour     6 wickets for 14 runs

Gary Gilmour        5 wickets for 48 runs

1979                               A G Hurst               5 wickets for 21 runs

1983                              ALF de Mel             5 wickets for 39 runs

ALF de Mel               5 wickets for 32 runs

1987                        Craig Mc Dermott  5 wickets for 44 runs

1996                        Damien Fleming     5 wickets for 36 runs

1999                        Glen McGrath           5 wickets for 14 runs

2003                        Andy Bichel               7 wickets for 20 runs

2007                     Andrew Hall               5 wickets for 18 runs

In 1992 Cricket World Cup none of the bowlers took 5 wickets in a match.

Cricket World Cup: Most 5 wickets in a match  

The Cricket World Cup always brings a cluster of great batting and bowling stars at one arena where they portray their marvel with superlative skills. Cricket history is full of great bowlers viz. Sir Richard Hedlee, Gary Gilmour, Denis Lilly, Waseem Akram and Glenn McGrath whose charismatic bowling has charmed the game of cricket. Most 5 wickets taken by any bowler in Cricket World Cups goes to Glenn McGrath who has twice done that. His best bowling is against Namibia in 2003 Cricket World Cup where 7 batsmen became a victim of his excellent bowling. His bowling figures were 7 for 15 in 7 overs with an economy rate of just 2.14. The second time he did that against West Indies in 1999 Cricket World Cup where his bowling figures were 5 wickets for 14 runs in 8.4 overs with an economy rate of mere 1.61. Although other bowlers like Gary Gilmour (Australia) and Ashantha de Mel (Srilanka) do share the record of taking 5 wickets in a match twice in Cricket World Cup, but on better economy rate and number of wickets taken, our pick is none other than Glenn McGrath. In 2011 World Cup, Shahid Afridi from Pakistan Cricket Team was the most successful bowler. Afridi led his team from the front, and Pakistan Cricket Team performed really well unexpectedly. Most of the credit goes to Afridi’s great bowling performance.

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