5 Best Bowling Performances In The ICC World Cup [Updated May 2021].

Tim Southee Bowling

A good bowler can completely change the course of a match. So, here are the five best bowling performances from the ICC World Cups that proved to be game-changers for their respective teams.


Though good batting receives the majority of the publicity in a cricket match, great bowling is the only way to complete a good match. A bowler bowls the ball to reach the wickets, and by using a variety of delivery tactics, he can fully startle the batsman and lead him to bad innings, manipulating him into batting badly and sending him back to the dressing room.

Top 5 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cup.

There have been some outstanding bowling performances in the ICC World Cup. The bowlers who delivered these performances were responsible for exciting matches that made the tournaments worthwhile to watch. The following is a list of the five best bowling figures from the ICC World Cup. Let’s take a look at them and how they played a role in the matches.

1.Glenn McGrath Vs Namibia-7/15.

Glenn McGrath Bowling

Glenn Donald McGrath, a legendary retired Australian fast bowler, is generally regarded as one of the greatest Australian athletes of all time. He holds the world record for most Test wickets taken by a fast bowler. The 31st match of Pool A in the 2003 ICC World Cup was played on February 27, 2003, at North West Cricket Stadium between Australia and Namibia. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Australia amassed a total of 301/6 in 50 overs. Namibia made only 45 runs while chasing the mark, losing all ten wickets in 14 overs.

Glenn McGrath took 7 wickets in 7 overs, 4 of which were maidens while allowing only 15 runs at a phenomenal economy rate of 2.14. The match was won by Australia by 256 runs, and Glenn McGrath was awarded Player of the Match for his outstanding bowling performance.

2. Andy Bichel Vs England-7/20.

Andy Bichel

Andy Bichel, a former Australian cricketer who is now the bowling coach for the Chennai Super Kings of the Indian Premier League, was an extremely talented bowler. He represented Australia in 19 test matches and 67 one-day internationals. On the 2nd of March 2003, Australia and England played the 37th match of Pool A in the 2003 ICC World Cup at St George’s Park Stadium. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, England amassed a total of 204/8 in 50 overs.

With their 8 wickets in 49.4 overs, Australia made 208 runs while chasing the mark. Andy Bichel took seven wickets in ten overs while allowing just 20 runs at a terrible economy rate of 2.00. The match was won by Australia by 2 wickets, and Andy Bichel was awarded Player of the Match for his outstanding bowling performance.

3. Tim Southee Vs England 7/33.

Tim Southee

Tim Southee, New Zealand’s right-arm fast-medium bowler, is still remembered for his late outswings and super-hard hits as a lower-order batsman. In 2015, he had one of the best bowling performances for the Black Caps in the ICC World Cups. On February 20, 2015, New Zealand faced England in the ninth match of Pool A of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Westpac Stadium.

England won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring only 123 runs in 33.2 overs while losing all of their ten wickets. Tim Southee took seven wickets in nine overs, conceding just 33 runs at a fantastic economy rate of 3.66. With their two wickets, New Zealand made 125 runs in just 12.2 overs while chasing the mark. New Zealand won by 8 wickets, and Tim Southee took the Player of the Match award for his sensational bowling performance. 

4. WW Davis vs Australia-7/51.
WW Davis Bowling

Winston Walter Davis, a former West Indian cricketer, played for the West Indies in the 1983 World Cup. Fans consider his bowling partnership with Marshall, Garner, and Holding to be one of the best of all time. This talented bowler produced one of the best bowling performances in the ICC World Cups in the seventh match of Group B. The West Indies faced Australia at Headingley Cricket Stadium on June 11, 1983.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the West Indies scored 252/9 in 60 overs. Australia managed only 151 runs in 30.3 overs while chasing the target, losing all ten wickets. Winston Davis took 7 wickets in 10.3 overs at a 4.85 economy rate. West Indies won the match by 101 runs. For his outstanding bowling performance, Davis was titled Player of the Match.

5. Gary Gilmour Vs England-6/14.

Gary Gilmour Best Bowling

Gary “Gus” John Gilmour, a former Australian left-arm swing bowler, played for Australia in the 1975 World Cup. In the first semi-final of the 1975 Prudential World Cup, he produced one of the best bowling performances in ICC World Cup history. On June 18, 1975, Australia and England faced each other at Headingley Stadium. After winning the toss, Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. England scored 93 runs in 36.2 overs after losing all of their wickets.

Gary Gilmour took six wickets in 12 overs, including two maidens, while allowing only 14 runs. He delivered a superior economy rate of just 1.16 in that match. With their 6 wickets, Australia made 94 runs in 28.4 overs while chasing the mark. Australia won the match by 4 wickets. Gilmour was titled Player of the Match for his outstanding bowling performance.

The bowling performances will be remembered as some of the most historic in the history of the cricket World Cup, providing spectators with some rare and unforgettable moments. After all, the World Cup is the biggest cricket show on the planet, and bowlers are eager to demonstrate their abilities during the game to keep the audience entertained. Which of the five best bowling figures in the ICC World Cup is your favorite?

Also, read more about-Top 5 Indian batsmen in terms of most runs scorers in the ICC World Test Championship.

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