Bowlers play a vital role in a cricket match, because a batsman is all depended on them. If a bowler keeps a good spell of his bowling, the batsman couldn’t have a chance to stay on the crease anymore, instead he’ll have to go to the pavilion. Bowlers do have various techniques about where-to-pitch the ball and understand batsman’s intentions. It all goes to be thinking lot more thoroughly when it comes to the World Cup tournament, which is the biggest one. Bowlers do practice more enough to perform well with their bowling spells in the tournament and avoid giving a open-hand chance to the batsman and getting smashed on the boundaries. Some bowlers do have incredible techniques to show-off in BIG tournaments. We have compiled a list of Top 10 Best Bowlers in ICC World Cups. Scroll down to see who they are!
10. Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi is a well-known all-rounder in Pakistan, quiet wonderful with his spin-bowling skills. He bowls some really good googlies, especially the quicker one which always creates trouble for the batsman. In 2011 World Cup match between Pakistan and Kenya, he took 5 incredible wickets and 3 maiden overs with the economy rate of 3.2. As a spinner, he is proven to be one of the best bowler with authentic spin-bowling techniques.
9. Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga is a talented Sri Lankan fast-bowler with entirely different and unique bowling-action. Due to his round-arm bowling action, he produces a really authentic pace which just becomes a very-difficult-to-face thing for a batsman. In 2011 World Cup match between Sri Lanka and Kenya, he took 6 wickets without any maiden overs. But the match turned in their favor. His bowling is really terrific in pressure-cooking situations for the opposite team. He is on 9th spot in the list of best bowlers in world cups.
8. Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc is a young talented left-arm fast bowler in Australian team. He has the ability to produce extra pace and bounce to make it difficult for the batsmen to play. His bowling spells are always been smarter and beneficial for the team as he is a clean wicket-taker. He also was the leading wicket-taker in ICC World Cup 2015, as his classy bowling made it difficult for most batsmen to take any risky chance. As a left-hander, he is definitely the most advantageous and one of the best bowlers in Australian cricket team.
7. Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach is a 27-years old right-hand fast bowler in West Indies team. He has good abilities as a fast-bowler and produces some wonderful pace, as the batsman couldn’t be realizing about the power of his bowling delivery. He is quiet a talented player who even hit a hat-trick in World Cup 2011 match against Netherlands. He took six wickets in that match. Overall, his good-pace bowling is what West Indies team could rely on, because he has some brilliant skills with that. On 7th spot in the list of best bowlers in world cups.
6. Chaminda Vaas
Chaminda Vaas is an experienced fast-bowler in Sri Lankan team. He had some really amazing techniques to bowl a new ball, and his ability to swing the ball was just brilliant. He later started to bowl off-cutter deliveries, in which he successfully took lot of wickets. He showed up with his splendid bowling performance in World Cup 2003 match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He took 6 wickets in that match with an overall bowling economy of 2.72, which was just mind-blowing. Sri Lanka won that match, declaring Chaminda Vaas as ‘Player Of The Match’. He was an amazingly talented bowler in Sri Lankan team. One of the best bowlers in world cups.
5. Shane Bond
Shane Bond is a former New Zealand cricketer, quiet an experienced fast-bowler. He had some great ability to produce excellent pace which got him mind-blowing figures in World Cup 2003, in a match between Australia and New Zealand. He got 6 wickets with the total economy of 2.30 only, though, New Zealand didn’t won that match but still Shane Bond was declared as Man Of The Match because of his superior bowling spells. He was definitely a talented bowler in New Zealand cricket team.
4. Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra is a talented Indian cricketer, well-known for producing superb figures with his bowling spells. He is an outstanding medium-pacer, quiet attentive in matter of bowling to the accurate line and length. In a match between India and England, in World Cup 2003, he took 6 wickets in a match with 2 maiden over and overall economy of 2.30. His bowling performance was absolutely brilliant and he was declared as Man of the Match, which he deserved. One more interesting thing is that he is a left-arm bowler, which is the bonus point in his skills and abilities. Talented player!
3. Tim Southee
Tim Southee is a young talented New Zealand’s fast-medium bowler, really brilliant swinger of the ball. His late out-swinging deliveries are always been special for him to take wickets. He has brilliant bowling skills and performed well in World Cup 2015 match between New Zealand and England. He took wonderful 7 wickets without any maiden overs, but at the economy rate of 3.6. He is an amazing bowler in New Zealand cricket team.
2. Andy Bichel
Andy Bichel is a former Australian cricketer, best known for his incredible fast-medium bowling. He was good at producing wonderful pace with overall control on line and length. In World Cup 2003 match between Australia and England, he took 7 wickets in 10 overs with economy rate of 2.85. He definitely was an amazing bowler Australia had with mind-blowing skills.
1. Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath is a former Australian cricketer, known as one of the legendary bowlers of all-time. He was an amazing right-hand fast-medium bowler with incredible skills to produce pace and keep brilliant line-and-length. In World Cup 2003 match between Australia and Namibia, he took 7 wickets in 7 overs bowled, from which 4 overs were maiden at an overall economy rate of 2.14. He was declared as Man of the Match. He set a mind-blowing record as a best bowler in World Cups. He is the winner of this list! Definitely he was an amazing all-time bowler in history of cricket. Legend wins!
That’s all! All the best bowlers above are proven in World Cups. What are your thoughts about them?
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