ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 2003 Highest Wicket Takers

During the 2003 ODI World Cup (officially known as ICC Cricket World Cup 2003), the defending champions Australia won their third crown with many renowned international bowlers dominating with the ball in hand. Now Let’s take a look at ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 2003 highest wicket takers.

Shane Bond (New Zealand)

New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond made a big impression in the 2003 ODI World Cup. The right-arm fast bowler was New Zealand’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 17 wickets from 8 matches. His overall bowling figures for this tournament were 78-12-305-17 with an average of 17.94 and an economy of 3.91.

 During this tour, Bond achieved his best bowling figures in a Super Sixes match against defending champions Australia (on 11 March 2003 in Port Elizabeth) with bowling figures of 10-2-23-6 .

Zaheer Khan (India) 

When India finished second in the 2003 ODI World Cup, Indian left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan showed his true stature in that tournament, leading the Indian bowling line-up alongside senior pacer Javagal Srinath. Zaheer ended the tournament with 18 wickets from 11 matches. His overall bowling figures for this competition were 88.2-5-374-18 with an average of 20.77 and an economy of 4.23. 

Zaheer’s best bowling performance came in a Super Sixes match against New Zealand in this tournament (at Centurion on 14 March 2003) where the left-arm pacer took 4 wickets. He finished this game with bowling figures of 8-0-42-4. During this tournament he only disappointed in the final where his bowling figures were 7-0-67-0.

Glenn McGrath (Australia)

 Defending champions Australia retained the 2003 ODI World Cup trophy but their bowlers dominated the tournament. Glenn McGrath, the right-arm pacer, was one of the players who took 21 wickets in this tournament. 

McGrath finished the tournament with bowling averages of 87-18-310-21, an average of 14.76 and an economy rate of 3.56. During this tournament, McGrath’s best bowling performance was in the group stage match against Namibia on 27 February 2003 in Potchefstroom. McGrath produced bowling figures of 7-4-15-7 as Australia beat Namibia by just 45 runs. Best bowling figures in Cricket World Cup history and second best bowler in ODI history.

 Brett Lee (Australia)

 Also included in this list is young Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who terrified many batsmen with his ferocious performance in the 2003 ODI World Cup, taking 22 wickets in 10 matches in that tournament. The right-arm fast bowler finished the tournament with overall bowling figures of 83.1-9-394-22, an average of 17.90 and an economy of 4.73.

Lee Seung-yeop has taken 3+ wickets in 5 innings in this tournament, the most 3 wickets in the tournament. His best bowling performance of the tournament came in the Super Sixes against New Zealand, where his stellar bowling figures of 9.1-2-42-5 helped the Australians to a 96-run victory despite the fact that they scored 208/9 (50 overs).

Lee Seung-yeop also scored a hat-trick in the Super Six match against Kenya this year with bowling figures of 8-3-14-3. 

Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka)

 When Sri Lanka ended their 2003 ODI World Cup tour in the semi-finals, left-arm spinner Chaminda Vaas finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker, taking 23 wickets from 10 matches. His bowling totals for this competition were 88-14-331-23 with an average of 14.39 and an economy of 3.76. 

Like Brett Lee, Vaas also registered five 3+ wickets in this tournament. Best bowling performance of the tournament was against Bangladesh in the group stage (at Pietermaritzburg, 14 February 2003). Vaas took bowling figures of 9.1-2-25-6. Vaas scored a hat-trick in this match, he scored a hat-trick in the third ball of this match.

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