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World Cup recap: Top five wicket-takers in WC history


NEW DELHI: The adrenaline rush of a quick bowler taking wickets has historically always overshadowed the spinners' contribution. Four pacers some of the top Five in the main wicket-takers' checklist in the World Cup is testimony to the truth that the pacers had been a notch forward of the tweakers in the 11 editions of the World Cup played thus far.


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Ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup, TimesofIndia.com sports recaps the performances of the gamers who've taken the most number of wickets in the historical past of the quadrennial match.

Glenn McGrath (World Cups: four | Matches: 39 | Wickets: 71)



Australian rapid bowling legend Glenn McGrath sits right on top of the checklist, with 71 wickets to his title in 39 suits, with the assistance of two Five-wicket hauls and nine Three-wicket hauls. In his maiden World Cup look, McGrath picked up just six wickets in seven suits in the 1996 World Cup. He took 18 scalps in the 1999 World Cup, guiding Australia to their second title. Four years later in South Africa, McGrath finished because the third-highest wicket taker with 21 wickets as Australia defended their title having remained unbeaten in the match. Nicknamed 'Pigeon', McGrath stored his easiest for the final as the short bowling icon took 26 wickets - the most in one version - in his fourth and final World Cup look in the West Indies in 2007. McGrath hung up his boots at ODI cricket's greatest degree to end his glittering one-day occupation because the player-of-the-tournament in the 2007 World Cup, with Australia completing a file hat-trick of titles.

Muttiah Muralitharan - (World Cups: Five | Matches: 40 | Wickets: 68)



Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan holds the second one spot on this checklist, having taken 68 wickets in 40 World Cup suits with 11 three-wicket hauls. The all-time main wicket-taker in ODIs (534 wickets) represented Sri Lanka in World Cups 5 occasions. He took 7 wickets from 6 suits in Sri Lanka's 1996 World-Cup successful marketing campaign. Muralitharan had an average World Cup in England in 1999, choosing up most effective six wickets from Five suits. He bettered his tally in 2003, claiming 17 wickets across 10 suits in South Africa. Murali came up with an excellent show in 2007, guiding Sri Lanka to the overall. He was the top wicket-taker amongst Lankan bowlers with 23 scalps to his title in 10 suits. Four years later, Muralitharan again rose to the instance - main Lanka to a second immediately final - as he again ended up because the main Lankan wicket-taker, with 15 wickets in nine suits for Sri Lanka in 2011.

Wasim Akram - (World Cups: Five | Matches: 38 | Wickets: 55)


Wasim Akram, who many feel is the best left-arm pacer the game has ever seen, represented Pakistan in 5 World Cups and took 55 wickets in 38 suits - the third best possible in the mega match's historical past. Akram, who is the second-highest wicket taker in ODIs with 502 wickets to his title, made his World Cup debut in 1987, where he claimed seven wickets in as many video games. After an average first World Cup day out, Akram dominated the show, becoming the top-wicket taker in the next version in 1992, claiming 18 wickets in 10 suits and serving to Pakistan clinch the title. Akram had a depressing day out in the 1996 World Cup, as he managed just 3 wickets in 5 suits. Akram bounced back with a lovely effort in 1999, with 15 wickets and guiding Pakistan to the overall. Akram played his final World Cup in 2003, claiming 12 wickets, as Pakistan made an early exit.

Chaminda Vaas - (World Cups: four | Matches: 31 | Wickets: 49)


Another left-arm rapid bowling great from the sub-continent, Chaminda Vaas became World champion in his maiden look in 1996. Lankan pacer Vaas, who played 4 World Cups, holds the fourth spot on this checklist, claiming 49 wickets in 31 suits. He picked up six wickets in as many video games in his first World Cup day out after which seven scalps in Five suits in the next. Four years later, the menacing pacer claimed a Lankan file of 23 wickets in 10 video games, main Sri Lanka to the last-four degree, where they lost to eventual champions Australia in 2003. Playing his final World Cup in West Indies in 2007, Vaas took 13 scalps in 10 suits as Sri Lanka finished second easiest after dropping to Australia in the final.


Zaheer Khan - (World Cups: Three | Matches: 23 | Wickets: 44)

Javagal Srinath (World Cups: four | Matches: 34 | Wickets: 44)



Two of India's all time premier rapid bowlers Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan are tied at fifth spot with 44 wickets every to their names. However, Zaheer took them in just 23 suits compared to Srinath's 34.


Zaheer's maiden stint on the marquee match in 2003 saw him grow to be India's top wicket-taker, with 18 scalps. However, he was wicketless and also conceded 67 runs in 8 overs in the 2003 title clash in opposition to Australia. India had a disastrous day out in the 2007 World Cup, as they were knocked out in the team degree after dropping two in their 3 video games, with Zaheer choosing up 5 wickets. The ignominy of the final two editions was in the end buried with India lifting their second World Cup trophy in 2011. The left-arm pacer took 21 wickets in that version - joint-highest with Shahid Afridi - in India's historical 2011 World-Cup successful marketing campaign.





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