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Best Bowling Performances in ODI World Cup: Top Figures and Records

Mohammed Shami

Only five players in World Cup history have achieved a seven-wicket haul. Remarkably, some of the greatest bowlers in the game have never reached such figures in Test cricket. Yet, these extraordinary feats have occurred multiple times in the ODI World Cup.

India’s Mohammed Shami was the latest to join this elite group with an outstanding seven-wicket haul in the 2023 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. Notably, he is also the only bowler with two entries in the top 20 best bowling figures in World Cup history.

Best Bowling Figures in ODI World Cup

With the 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup in progress, let’s take a look at the top bowling performances that have made their mark in the history of the 50-overs World Cup.

Player Team Bowling Figures Against Location Year
Glenn McGrath Australia 7/15 vs Namibia Potchefstroom 2003
Andy Bichel Australia 7/20 vs England Gqeberha 2003
Tim Southee New Zealand 7/33 vs England Wellington 2015
Winston Davis West Indies 7/51 vs Australia Leeds 1983
Mohammad Shami India 7/57 vs New Zealand Mumbai 2023
Gary Gilmour Australia 6/14 vs England Leeds 1975
Ashish Nehra India 6/23 vs England Durban 2003
Shane Bond New Zealand 6/23 vs Australia Gqeberha 2003
Chaminda Vaas Sri Lanka 6/25 vs Bangladesh Pietermaritzburg 2003
Kemar Roach West Indies 6/27 vs Netherlands Delhi 2011

Best Bowling Figures By Players in ODI World Cup

1.Glenn McGrath: 7/15

Australia vs Namibia, Potchefstroom, 2003

Glenn McGrath holds the record for the best bowling figures in ODI World Cup history. Australia set a target of 301/6 in their 50 overs, and in response, McGrath decimated the Namibian batting lineup, taking seven wickets for just 15 runs in seven overs. Namibia were bowled out for a mere 45 runs. Additionally, McGrath is the leading wicket-taker in Cricket World Cup history with 71 wickets.

  1. Andy Bichel: 7/20

Australia vs New Zealand, Gqeberha 2003

Another Australian pacer, Andy Bichel, holds the second-best bowling figures in World Cup history. Bowling first against rivals England, Bichel delivered a masterclass in pace bowling, restricting England to 204/8 with his exceptional performance of seven wickets for just 20 runs in his 10 overs. Additionally, he contributed an unbeaten 34 runs, leading Australia to a thrilling two-wicket victory.

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  1. Tim Southee: 7/33

New Zealand vs England, Wellington 2015

On February 20, 2015, New Zealand’s Tim Southee recorded the third-best bowling figures in World Cup history. In swinging conditions at Wellington, Southee’s exceptional bowling performance of 7/33 helped the Kiwis dismiss England for 123 in 33.2 overs. New Zealand then chased down the target in just 12.2 overs, securing an 8-wicket victory.

4) Winston Davis: 7/51 

West Indies vs Australia, Leeds 1983

West Indies pacer Winston Davis holds the fourth-best bowling figures in ODI World Cup history and was the first bowler to achieve a seven-wicket haul in the tournament. While defending a total of 253 runs, Davis tore through Australia’s middle order, finishing with impressive figures of 7/51 in 10.3 overs. His performance led the West Indies to a commanding 101-run victory.

5) Mohammad Shami: 7/57 

India vs New Zealand, Mumbai 2023

Mohammad Shami became the first Indian bowler to feature in the top 5 bowling figures in World Cup history. During the 2023 World Cup semi-final in Mumbai, Shami delivered a remarkable performance, taking 7 wickets for just 57 runs, helping dismiss New Zealand. India won the match by 70 runs, advancing to the final. This achievement set a new record for the best bowling figures by an Indian in an ODI World Cup, surpassing Ashish Nehra’s 6/23 against England in 2003.

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Top Bowling Performances in ODI World Cup 2023: Best Figures from Each Edition

Team Player Best Figures ODI World Cup
India Mohammad Shami 7/57 2023
Pakistan Shaheen Afridi 6/35 2019
New Zealand Tim Southee 7/33 2015
West Indies Kemar Roach 6/27 2011
South Africa Andrew Hall 5/18 2007
Australia Glenn McGrath 7/15 2003
Australia Glenn McGrath 5/14 1999
Zimbabwe Paul Strang 5/21 1996
South Africa Meyrick Pringle 4/11 1992
Australia Craig McDermott 5/44 1987
West Indies Winston Davis 7/51 1983
Australia Alan Hurst 5/21 1979
Australia Gary Gilmour 6/14 1975

Best Bowling Figures in ODI History: All Players Runs and Wickets

Position Player Overs Wickets/Runs Economy Opposition Match Date
1 Glenn McGrath (Australia) 7.0 7/15 2.14 Namibia 27 Feb 2003
2 Andy Bichel (Australia) 10.0 7/20 2.00 England 02 Mar 2003
3 Tim Southee (New Zealand) 9.0 7/33 3.66 England 20 Feb 2015
4 Winston Davis (West Indies) 10.3 7/51 4.85 Australia 11 Jun 1983
5 Mohammed Shami (India) 9.5 7/57 5.79 New Zealand 15 Nov 2023
6 Gary Gilmour (Australia) 12.0 6/14 1.16 England 18 Jun 1975
7 Ashish Nehra (India) 10.0 6/23 2.30 England 26 Feb 2003
8 Shane Bond (New Zealand) 10.0 6/23 2.30 Australia 11 Mar 2003
9 Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) 9.1 6/25 2.72 Bangladesh 14 Feb 2003
10 Kemar Roach (West Indies) 8.3 6/27 3.17 Netherlands 28 Feb 2011
11 Mitchell Starc (Australia) 9.0 6/28 3.11 New Zealand 28 Feb 2015
12 Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan) 9.1 6/35 3.81 Bangladesh 05 Jul 2019
13 Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) 7.4 6/38 4.95 Kenya 01 Mar 2011
14 Ken MacLeay (Australia) 11.5 6/39 3.29 India 13 Jun 1983
15 Glenn McGrath (Australia) 8.4 5/14 1.61 West Indies 30 May 1999
16 Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 8.0 5/16 2.00 Kenya 23 Feb 2011
17 Andrew Hall (South Africa) 10.0 5/18 1.80 England 17 Apr 2007
18 Mohammed Shami (India) 5 5/18 3.60 Sri Lanka 02 Nov 2023
19 Alan Hurst (Australia) 10.0 5/21 2.10 Canada 16 Jun 1979
20 Paul Strang (Zimbabwe) 9.4 5/21 2.17 Kenya 27 Feb 1996
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  1. Who holds the best bowling figures in ODI World Cup history?

The best bowling figures in ODI World Cup history are held by Glenn McGrath of Australia, with an outstanding performance of 7 wickets for just 15 runs against Namibia in the 2003 World Cup.

  1. Which Indian bowler has the best figures in an ODI World Cup match?

Mohammad Shami holds the best bowling figures by an Indian in an ODI World Cup match. He took 7 wickets for 57 runs against New Zealand in the 2023 World Cup semi-final.

  1. How many bowlers have taken seven-wicket hauls in ODI World Cup history?

Only five bowlers have achieved the remarkable feat of taking a seven-wicket haul in ODI World Cup history: Glenn McGrath, Andy Bichel, Tim Southee, Winston Davis, and Mohammad Shami.

  1. Who is the leading wicket-taker in ODI World Cup history?

Glenn McGrath is the leading wicket-taker in ODI World Cup history, with a total of 71 wickets across his World Cup appearances.

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