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Good batting may hog the majority of the attention in a cricket match, but a good match can only be complete with great bowling. A bowler deliver the ball in an attempt to hit the wickets, and by using various techniques of delivery, can absolutely startle the batsman and lead him to a bad innings, by manipulating him into batting poorly and sending him back to the dressing room. Good bowling can change a match completely. So here we are with the 10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups, which turned out the complete game changer for their sides.

10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups

In the ICC World Cups, there has been some excellent bowling moments. The bowlers who gave these performances are responsible for great matches that made the tournaments worth watching. Here is a list of 10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups. Let’s take a look at them, and how they contributed to the matches.

Glenn McGrath

10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups
10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups

Legendary retired Australian fast bowler Glenn Donald McGrath is widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of all time. He holds the record for having the highest number of Test wickets by a fast bowler. The 31st match of Pool A in the 2003 ICC World Cup was played at North West Cricket Stadium between Australia and Namibia on 27th February 2003. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first, and made 301/6 in 50 overs. Namibia, while chasing the target, made just 45 losing all 10 wickets in 14 overs. Glenn McGrath took 7 wickets in his 7 over spell out of which 4 overs were maidens, while giving just 15 runs with an unbelievable economy rate of 2.14. Australia won the match by 256 runs and Glenn McGrath was declared the Player of the Match for his wonderful bowling performance.

Andy Bichel

10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups
10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups

Retired Australian cricket Andy Bichel was an extremely talented seam bowler and is currently working as the bowling coach of the Indian Premier League franchise, Chennai Super Kings. He played 19 test matches and 67 ODI matches for the kangaroos. The 37th match of Pool A in the 2003 ICC World Cup was played at St George’s Park Stadium between Australia and England on 2nd March 2003. England won the toss and chose to bat first, and made 204/8 in 50 overs. Australia, while chasing the target, made 208 runs with their 8 wickets in 49.4 overs. Andy Bichel took 7 wickets in his 10 over spell while yielding just 20 runs with an awful economy rate of 2.00. Australia won the match by 2 wickets and Andy Bichel was declared the Player of the Match for his unbelievable bowling performance.

Tim Southee

10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups
10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups

New Zealand’s right-arm fast-medium bowler Tim Southee is known for generating late outswings with his deliveries and super-hard hits as a lower order batsman. He is also the squad member of the Black Caps team which is participating at the ongoing 2015 ICC World Cup. The 9th match of Pool A in 2015 ICC World Cup was played at Westpac Stadium between New Zealand and England on 20th February 2015.

England won the toss and chose to bat first, and made just 123 runs losing all their 10 wickets in 33.2 overs. Tim Southee took 7 wickets in his 9 over spell, while conceding just 33 runs with a marvelous economy rate of 3.66. New Zealand, while chasing the target, made 125 runs with their 2 wickets in just 12.2 overs. New Zealand won the match by 8 wickets and Tim Southee was declared the Player of the Match for his jaw-dropping bowling performance.

Winston Davis

10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups
10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups

Former West Indian cricketer Winston Walter Davis was a member of the West Indies’ World Cup squad in 1983. He is also known for showing prominence as a right-arm fast bowler when Marshall, Garner and Holding were the squad members of the West Indies team. The 7th match of Group B in 1983 Prudential World Cup was played at Headingley Cricket Stadium between Australia and West Indies on 11th June 1983. Australia won the toss and chose to field first, and West Indies made 252/9 in 60 overs. Australia, while chasing the target, made just 151 runs losing all 10 wickets in 30.3 overs. Winston Davis took 7 wickets in his 10.3 over spell while giving just 51 runs with an economy rate of 4.85. West Indies won the match by 101 runs and Winston Davis was declared the Player of the Match for his wonderful bowling performance.

Gary Gilmour

10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups
10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups

Former Australian cricketer Gary “Gus” John Gilmour was a left-arm swing bowling of the Australian squad which participated at the 1975 World Cup. The 1st semi-final of the 1975 Prudential World Cup was played at Headingley Stadium between Australia and England on 18th June 1975. Australia won the toss and chose to field first, and England made just 93 runs with all their 10 wickets down in 36.2 overs. Gary Gilmour took 6 wickets in his 12 over spell out of which 6 overs were maidens, while yielding just 14 runs with a superior economy rate of just 1.16. Australia, while chasing the target, made 94 runs with their 6 wickets in just 28.4 overs. Australia won the match by 4 wickets and Gary Gilmour was declared the Player of the Match for his one-of-a-kind bowling performance.

Ashish Nehra

10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups
10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups

Former Indian Squad member Ashish Diwansingh Nehra is a left-arm fast bowler and was a squad member of the Indian team at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. The 30th match of Pool A in the 2003 ICC World Cup was played at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium between India and England on 26th February 2003. India won the toss and chose to bat first, and made 250/9 in 50 overs. England, while chasing the target, made just 168 runs with all 10 wickets down in 45.3 overs. Ashish Nehra took 6 wickets in his 10 over spell out of which 2 overs were maidens while yielding just 23 runs with a jaw-dropping economy rate of 2.30. India won the match by 82 runs and Ashish Nehra was declared the Player of the Match for his amazing bowling performance.

Shane Bond

10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups
10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups

Former New Zealand cricketer Shane Edward Bond is noted as the “New Zealand’s best fast bowler since Sir Richard Hadlee” by Cricinfo. He is the current bowling coach of the New Zealand national team. The 47th match of Super Sixes in the 2003 ICC World Cup was played at St George’s Park Stadium between New Zealand and Australia on 11th March 2003. New Zealand won the toss and chose to field first, and Australia made 208/9 in 50 overs. New Zealand, while chasing the target, made just 112 runs, losing their 10 wickets in 30.1 overs. Shane Bond took 6 wickets in his 10 over spell out of which 2 overs were maidens, while conceding just 23 runs with a jaw-dropping economy rate of 2.30. Australia won the match by 96 runs and Shane Bond was declared the Player of the Match for his superior bowling performance.

Chaminda Vaas

10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups
10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups

Legendary former Sri Lankan left arm fast bowler Chaminda Vaas is regarded as “the most successful new-ball bowler Sri Lanka have produced” by Cricinfo. He was a member of the World Test and one-day XI at the inaugural ICC Awards. The 10th match of Pool B in the 2003 ICC World Cup was played at City Oval Stadium between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on 14th February 2003. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to field first, and Bangladesh made just 124 runs losing their all 10 wickets in 31.1 overs.

Chaminda Vaas took 6 wickets in his 9.1 over spell out of which 2 overs were maidens while giving just 25 runs with a jaw-dropping economy rate of 2.72. Sri Lanka, while chasing the target, made 126 runs without any wicket in just 21.1 overs. Sri Lanka won the match by 10 wickets and Chaminda Vaas was declared the Player of the Match for his splendid bowling performance.

Kemar Roach

10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups
10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups

West Indian right-arm fast bowler Kemar Andre Jamal Roach was a leading member of the Under 19 West Indies squad at the U-19 Cricket World Cup 2006 and also the member of 2011 West Indian World Cup squad. The 13th match of Group B in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup was played at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium between West Indies and Netherlands on 28th February 2011.

Netherlands won the toss and chose to field first, and West Indies made 330 runs with their 8 wickets in 50 overs. Netherlands, while chasing the target, made just 115 runs losing their 10 wickets in just 31.3 overs. Kemar Roach took 6 wickets in his 8.3 over spell while yielding just 27 runs with a fantastic economy rate of just 3.17. West Indies won the match by 215 runs and Kemar Roach was declared the Player of the Match for his one-of-a-kind bowling performance.

Mitchell Starc

10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups
10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups

Talented Australian left arm fast bowler Mitchell Aaron Starc is a member of the current Australian squad that is playing at the ongoing 2015 ICC World Cup. The 20th match of Pool A in 2015 ICC World Cup was played at Eden Park Stadium between New Zealand and Australia on 28th February 2015. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first, and made just 151 runs losing all 10 wickets in 32.2 overs. New Zealand, while chasing the target, made 152 runs with their 9 wickets in just 23.1 overs. Australian bowler Mitchell Starc took 6 wickets in his 9 over spell while conceding just 28 runs with a superior economy rate of 3.66 but failed to save his team from defeat. New Zealand won the match by 1 wicket and TA Boult was declared the Player of the Match.

The bowling performances are recorded in the history of the cricket World Cup tournament as some of the most historic ones, giving the watchers some rare and memorable moments. After all, the World Cup is the biggest cricket show in this world, and bowlers are determined showcase their talent in the tournament, thus resulting in great entertainment for the audience. Which one is your favorite out of the 10 Best Bowling Performances in the ICC World Cups.

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