ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 2011 Highest Wicket Takers

The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup was notable for not being dominated by batsmen as expected in subcontinental conditions. No fewer than 20 bowlers took 10 or more wickets in the tournament and six took 15 or more. Now let’s take a look at ICC Cricket ODI world cup 2011 highest wicket takers.

Yuvraj Singh (Matches: 9, Wickets: 15, Avg: 25.13)

A complete batsman who is regarded as one of the best bowlers speaks volumes. Everything Yuvraj touches, be it batting or bowling, has turned to gold during the World Cup.

Yuvraj has always been an exciting player, barring a terrible patch a year before the World Cup. A terrible slump in form cost him his Test and ODI place for a while. However, Yuvi struggled to qualify for the World Cup and bailed India out on several occasions.

Against Ireland, Yuvraj became the only player in the 36-year history of the World Cup to take 5 and 50 wickets in a single match.

In this way, Yuvraj collected 15 wickets throughout the competition. Add to that 362 game-winning runs, and it becomes clear why the young man from Chandigarh won four Man-of-the-Match awards before being named Man of the Tournament as he led India to their second World Cup victory.

Muttiah Muralitharan (Matches: 9, Wickets: 15, Avg: 19.40)

This man from Kandy, Sri Lanka needs no introduction. For many, he is one of the best spinners out there.

Often considered unfit to play in subcontinental conditions, Murali was the man for every captain he played for. And he was not at all disappointed.

During the World Cup, Murali suffered a hamstring injury, flank pain, knee and hip pain and missed the semi-final against New Zealand (eventually the final). But I couldn’t resist sending Murali to the last home game. If he can get up, he will play. 

Murali led Sri Lanka to its second straight World Cup final and finished the competition with 15 wickets. The Lankans fell to co-hosts India in the final, so it couldn’t be the perfect finale to the master’s ODI career.

Tim Southtee  (Games: 8, Wickets: 18, Avg: 17.33)

Tim Southee is one of the main reasons why the Black Caps reached the semi-finals of the World Cup.

He endured a torrid spell and was one of the bright spots ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand, where he was whitewashed 4-0 by Bangladesh. Southsea’s swing bowler became the third highest wicket taker at the World Cup with 18 wickets in 8 matches after taking 13 wickets in 10 ODIs on the subcontinent.

Shahid Afridi (Games: 8, Wickets: 21, Avg: 12.85)

Shahid Afridi has been a revelation in the World Cup, at least in bowling. Afridi, who was handed the captain’s armband by an inexperienced World Cup team, leads from the frontline!

His 21 wickets took Pakistan to the semi-finals and he is the most important player of the tournament. Now, it is easy to say that Shahid Afridi is a batting bowler and not the other way around.

Most of the time it is just a bowler. In recent years he has contributed a lot with the bat. No one has taken more wickets for Pakistan since the start of 2008 than Afridi, who has 94 from 66 ODIs.

One. Zahir Khan (Matches: 9, Wickets: 21, Avg: 18.76)

Zahir Khan has improved a lot since scoring 15 in a dreadful first innings against Wanderers in the 2003 World Cup final.

With 8 years of hard work and dedication, Zak has become the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack. He may not have the skills of Wasim Akram, with whom he is often compared, but mentally he was as good as Zaheer Akram.

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