Top 5 Bowling Performances In World Cup

Aug 09, 2019   •  64 views

5) Shane Warne vs South Africa

Shane Warne picked up a four fer against South Africa in the 1999 world cup semi final. More than the no . of wickets, it's the significance of those wickets. Shane Warne picked up the wickets of Herschelle Gibbs and Gary Kirsten initially after a solid opening partnership. Then he took the wicket of South African skipper Hansie Cronje, and eventually the wicket of Jacques Kallis,which proved to be the turning point of that match. Though the match ended in a draw,Australia went through on the virtue of being the winner when the two team faced off in the group stage.

4) Collins Obuya vs Sri Lanka

Collins Obuya was among one of the few well known Kenyan players, and one of the best all rounder of Kenya. At Nairobi Obuya picked up 5 wickets by giving away 24 runs in his quota of 10 overs including the critical ones of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. He also picked up the wicket of Aravida de Silva. As a result of Obuya's terrific bowling Sri Lanka fell short by 53 runs while chasing 211 runs.

3) Venkatesh Prasad vs Pakistan

At old Trafford, India had set a modest total of 227, but still they managed to win the match by 47 runs courtesy of Venkatesh Prasad. Prasad picked up 5 wickets by giving away 27 runs in 9.3 overs. He accounted for the wickets of Saeed Anwar,Saleem Malik, Moin Khan and Wasim Akram. It was the third best bowling spell of the 1999 world cup, and one of the best ever by an Indian.

2) Glen McGrath vs West Indies

It was all about Australia in that match. In his first spell McGrath removed the top 3 of West Indies batting line up, reducing them to 20 for 3 within the first 10 overs of the innings. West Indies was eventually all out for 110 as McGrath in his second spell also accounted with a couple of more wickets ending a 22 runs last wicket partnership.

1) Andy Bichel vs England

Australia weren't successive champions in three consecutive world cups for nothing, they always used to find a new hero in tough situations. In a league match during 2003 world cup, it was Bichel who won the game for them against England. His bowling line and lengths were so perfect and impeccable that day that five of his seven wickets were either bowled or caught behind. While chasing 205, Australia again found themselves in deep trouble when the score was 135 for loss of 8 wickets when Bichel joined Bevan. He scored a crucial 34 off 38 deliveries in a 73 runs partnership with Bevan, which won the match for Australia. This performance will go down as one of the best bowling, rather one of the best all round performance ever.