Top 4 bowling performance in the World Cup
Cricket is full of record-breaking statistics and the ICC Cricket World Cup is no exception. After the best batting performance now comes the bowling heroics. We countdown the top 4 individual bowling performances in ICC Cricket World Cup history.
4. Andy Bichel (Australia): 7-20 in 10 overs against England in 2003 world cup.
With England flying at 66/0 in the tenth over, enter Andy Bichel. One of the heroes of Australia’s victorious ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 campaign, Bichel made the most of an injury to Jason Gillespie, claiming seven of the eight England wickets to fall.
3. Wasim Akram (Pakistan): 49-3 in 10 overs against England in 1992 world cup.
In the 1992 World Cup final, Akram accounted for three crucial wickets in England’s innings, including two in two balls. He produced a high-quality over as Pakistan surged ahead for the victory.
It was one of the most memorable spells of that world cup Akram quotes that at the breakfast table before a must-win game against Australia in the league phase, he had read Imran’s comments in local newspapers, saying, ‘I don’t mind Wasim bowling no-balls as long as he bowls quick’. Imran’s unconditional backing transformed Akr am’s mindset and he never looked back.
2. Shane Bond (New Zealand): 6-23 in 10 overs against Australia in 2003 world cup.
Shane Bond unleashed his sheer pace in the Super Sixes stage, claiming six wickets against Australia, including a peach of a delivery which nipped back just enough to uproot Ian Harvey’s middle stump. However, it wasn’t enough to secure New Zealand a win in the Trans-Tasman rivalry, as Australia scrapped its way to 208, before bundling New Zealand out for just 112.
1. Winston Davis (West Indies): 7-51 in 10.3 overs against Australia in 1983
West Indies speedster Winston Davis held the record for the best individual ICC Cricket World Cup figures for almost 20 years.
Coming into the attack at first change after his side had made 252, Davis tore the heart out of Australia’s batting just as it looked to be mounting a challenge at 114/2.
He dismissed Graham Yallop and David Hookes in quick succession, ending with seven wickets inside 11 overs for his efforts.