Taking a World Cup fifer isn’t the easiest of the tasks. It is even more difficult in the modern era, with the conditions more favoring the batters. This article tells you about the top bowlers with the most 5 wicket hauls in World Cup history. Lets see which gets his name in the list during 2023 World Cup edition.
List of Bowlers with most 5 wicket Hauls in World Cup History.
Mitchell Starc from Australia has three 5 wickets hauls in ODI World Cups. Whereas as 5 other bowlers one each from England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan has two five wicket hauls in ODI World Cup history
Mitchell Starc (Australia)
If it’s a World Cup record, there is a fairly good chance that an Australian might hold it just because they have most number of title wins in ODI world cup history.
With 3 five-wicket hauls in World Cup history, Australian left-arm speedster Mitchell Starc holds the record for most five-wicket hauls in World Cup matches. Starc has the best bowling figures of 6/28 in his World Cup career.
GJ Gilmour (England)
The late Australian pacer Gary Gilmour played only 5 ODI Matches in his career. 2 were World Cup encounters, and interestingly, he took five-wicket hauls in both. Gilmour averaged 5.63 with the ball in the world cup games of his career.
Vasbert Drakes (West Indies)
The Caribbean all-rounder Vasbert Drakes also has 2 World Cup five-wicket hauls. In 6 World Cup games, he picked 2 fifers with best bowling figures of 5/33 in World Cup encounters.
Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)
Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman also has 2 fifers to his name in ODI World Cup matches. Known for his variations, Mustafiz played 8 games in the 2019 World Cup and picked both of his fifers in the same World Cup edition.
Ashantha de Mel (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lankan pacer Ashantha de Mel played 2 world cup editions, 1983 and 1987. In 9 matches in both editions, de Mel picked 2 five-wicket hauls and had best bowling figures of 5/32.
Glenn McGrath (Australia)
In 39 World Cup matches, Glenn McGrath picked 2 fifers. McGrath is the all-time highest wicket-taker of World Cup history and the record holder for the best bowling figures in a World Cup match (7/15).
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
Shahid Afridi holds the record for being the spinner with the most five-wicket hauls in World Cup history. Afridi took 2 fifers in 27 World Cup games. His best bowling performance was 5/16 vs Kenya in the 2011 World Cup.