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Home > Cricket > The Cup > Statistics

Who is the top wicket-taker in WC 2007?

Rajneesh Gupta | April 15, 2007 21:00 IST

The ongoing 2007 World Cup will always be remembered for the numerous batting records established during the tournament.

However, there are still some bowlers who have made their mark in the tournament.

In this article we take a look at the most successful bowlers and also the flop ones.

Highest wicket-takers in World Cup:
18GD McGrathAus713.0617.614.45
15DL VettoriNZ 822.4031.074.33
15M MuralitharanSL 717.1325.873.97
15LS MalingaSL 614.2717.334.94
14SW TaitAus720.4322.575.43
13GB HoggAus717.3124.464.25
12CK LangeveldtSAf624.0826.505.45
12SE BondNZ 712.8329.832.58
12Abdur RazzakBan721.0027.334.61
11WPUJC VaasSL 717.1830.553.38
11A FlintoffEng618.4529.003.82
11DB PowellWI 726.2735.454.45
10NW BrackenAus616.3027.003.62

Australia pacer Glenn McGrath is the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, but does he enjoys the lowest bowling average too?

Let's check it out. Among the bowlers who have sent down at least 25 overs in the tournament so far, New Zealand's Shane Bond has conceded least runs off his bowling for every wicket taken. McGrath comes second.

Lowest bowling average:
12.83SE BondNZ 712358154
13.06GD McGrathAus718317235
14.27LS MalingaSL 615260214
16.30NW BrackenAus610270163
17.13M MuralitharanSL 715388257
17.18WPUJC VaasSL 711336189
17.31GB HoggAus713318225
18.45A FlintoffEng611319203
18.88A NelSAf48212151

It will be interesting to see the bowlers at the other end of the spectrum. Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya could not take a wicket despite sending down 26 overs. West Indies left-armer pacer Ian Bradshaw has had a nightmarish tournament with only two wickets in three matches at an average of 83.50.

Highest bowling average:
-P UtseyaZim30156101
83.50IDR BradshawWI 32174167
74.50AC CumminsCan32150149
73.67CH GayleWI 73272221
65.33CD CollymoreWI 53278196
65.00JM DavisonCan32174130
58.75D Langford-SmithIre74318235
57.25JH KallisSAf84288229
54.00JE TaylorWI 54276216

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga is the surprise entry at the top among the bowlers who needed least balls for each wicket. Once again McGrath is at second place.

Lowest strike-rate:
17.33LS MalingaSL 626021415
17.61GD McGrathAus731723518
22.57SW TaitAus731628614
24.46GB HoggAus731822513
25.87M MuralitharanSL 738825715
26.50CK LangeveldtSAf631828912
26.50A NelSAf42121518
27.00NW BrackenAus627016310
27.33Abdur RazzakBan732825212
29.00A FlintoffEng631920311
29.83SE BondNZ 735815412
30.00DJ BravoWI 72702869

�and the ones who bowled their heart out without much success. There are three West Indian bowlers in the following list. A clear reflection of their sides' poor performance.

Worst strike-rate:
-P UtseyaZim31561010
92.67CD CollymoreWI 52781963
90.67CH GayleWI 72722213
87.00JM DavisonCan31741302
87.00IDR BradshawWI 31741672
79.50D Langford-SmithIre73182354
75.00AC CumminsCan31501492

When it comes to concede least runs in an over, Shane Bond has no comparison with any one. He is the only bowler to have a economy rate of less than three after bowling more than 25 overs.

Best economy rate:
2.58SE BondNZ 735815412
3.38WPUJC VaasSL 733618911
3.62NW BrackenAus627016310
3.65AC BothaIre52401464
3.66JDP OramNZ 83151929
3.67Syed RaselBan63121917
3.80ST JayasuriyaSL 72841805
3.81SM PollockSAf84142637
3.82A FlintoffEng631920311
3.88P UtseyaZim31561010
3.93JS PatelNZ 42061355
3.96MM PatelInd31591054
3.97M MuralitharanSL 738825715
4.00AB AgarkarInd31681124
4.00SB StyrisNZ 82761848

�..and following are the bowlers with the worst economy rate.

Worst economy rate:
6.36DJ BravoWI 72702869
6.08GC SmithSAf81501524
5.96AC CumminsCan31501492
5.76IDR BradshawWI 31741672
5.72CB MpofuZim31741664

Note: All stats are updated upto and including World Cup Match # 41 (New Zealand v South Africa)

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