The 2023 ICC Men's ODI Cricket World Cup is the 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup. The tournament is being hosted by India, already began on 5 October and will conclude on 19 November 2023. Ten national teams - Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka are participating. England are the defending champions, having won the 2019 edition by defeating New Zealand in the final.
India are hosting the Men's Cricket World Cup solely for the first time. The tournament is taking place in ten different stadiums. The first and second semi-finals will be held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and Eden Gardens in Kolkata respectively. At the same time, the final will take place at Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad.
The performers in Knockout can make one a hero or villain in front of fans, depending upon the outcome. As they say, bowlers win you tournaments, so in this article, we will talk about the Top 10 players with the most wickets in the World Cup Knockouts.
The Former Australian pacer McGrath holds the record for taking most wickets in the World Cup knockouts with 15 wickets. McGrath played nine matches for Australia in World Cup Knockouts and has picked 15 wickets at an average of 19.53 and an economy rate of 3.82. His best in World Cup knockout came against South Africa in the Semi-Final of the 2007 World Cup, where he picked three wickets and leaked just 18 runs in eight overs.
Spin wizard Warne is in the second position with 14 wickets in the knockouts of the World Cup. Warne has played only five matches in the knockouts, picking 14 wickets at an average of 14.85 and an economy of 4.33. His best spell in World Cup knockout came against Pakistan in the finals of the 1999 World Cup. He scalped four wickets and gave away just 29 runs in nine overs.
The former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is in the third position with 12 wickets in the knockouts of the World Cup. Muralitharan has played nine matches where he has picked 12 wickets at an average of 28 and an economy rate of 4.24. His best spell came against New Zealand in the 2007 World Cup. He got 4 wickets and gave away just 31 runs in his eight over spell.
Another Australian bowler is on the list with 11 wickets in the World Cup knockouts. Gilmour has picked 11 wickets in the knockouts in just two games at an average of 5.63 and an economy of 2.58. He bowled in just two games of the 1975 World Cup and returned with the figure of 6/14 against England in the semi-finals and 5/48 against West Indies in the final.
Former Sri Lankan opener Jayasuriya surprisingly takes place in this top 5 list with ten wickets in the World Cup knockouts. It proves that he was a game-changer for Sri Lanka in many ways possible. He took ten wickets in just 6 games of World Cup knockouts at an average of 23.30 and an economy of 4.85. He returned with his best bowling figure of 3/12 in the semi-final against India during the 1996 World Cup.