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Five Wickets in a Match by Spinners: Cricket World Cup

by on December 21, 2010
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Five Wickets in a Match: Cricket World Cup

The grandeur and marvel of a bowler lies in how many wickets he has taken in a match with a good economy rate. Cricket World Cup has seen many outstanding performances by some of the great bowlers who have not only made records for themselves but also for their respective nations. Among those nations is Australia whose bowlers have led its flag high on the cricket grounds across the globe especially in Cricket World Cup. The record of five or more wickets in Cricket World Cup matches on nation wise basis goes to Australia whose bowlers have done it 11 times. From Denis Lillee to Bret Lee, the Aussies have always remained a hard nut to crack for the batsmen of opposite side. Furthermore, Gary Gilmour and Glen McGrath have done it twice each for Australia. Followng Australia, South Africa has made the said record 5 times in Cricket World Cups while India and West Indies have done it 4 times each.

Five Wickets in a Match by Spinners: Cricket World Cup

Although the record of five wickets in a match is mostly held by fast bowlers, spinners too have there meagre contribution in Cricket World Cup. Spinn bowling style is divided into two broad catagories, Leg spin and Off Break. During Cricket World Cup 1975-2007, Leg spin bowlers with Leg break googly style have done it three times, once each. These leg break bowlers are Abdul Qadir (Pakistan), Paul Strang (Zimbabwe) and Collins Obuya (Kenya). Furthermore, 3 off break spinners viz. Vic Marks (England), Shaukat Dukanwala (UAE) and Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan) have also marked the same record once each. In order to determine the top position amongst all spinners (as all share this record), the best ecomomy rate is being considered as a benchmark. As per the best economy rate in a Cricket World Cup match, Paul Strang (Leg break googly) of Zimbabwe stands tall with excellent bowling figures of 5 wickets for 21 runs in 9.4 overs with a pithy economy rate of 2.17. In 2011 Shahid Afridi from Pakistan also completed this feat twice in the tournament.

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