Australia registered a one-sided 309-run victory against the Netherlands on Wednesday, October 25th, to boost their net run rate. Their bowlers overwhelmed the Netherlands team, not allowing them to breathe, and bowled them out for just 90 runs in 21 overs.
Mitchell Starc, the seasoned Australian fast bowler, provided the first breakthrough by dismissing their opener, Max O’Dowd, for a mere 6 runs. This wicket propelled Starc to become the third-highest wicket-taker in ODI World Cup history, equalling with the legendary Sri Lankan bowler, Lasith Malinga.
This was Starc’s 56th wicket in the ODI World Cup, and he pulled it off in just 23 World Cup games, while Lasith Malinga took 29 innings to achieve the milestone. Mitchell Starc also outdid the Pakistani legend, Wasim Akram, who got 55 wickets in 33 ODI World Cup matches.
At the very top of this list is the Australian legend, Glenn McGrath, with a whopping 76 wickets in ODI World Cup history. Right behind him is Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralidharan, notching up 68 wickets. McGrath pulled it off in 35 World Cup games, while Muralidharan did it in 40.
Most Wickets in ODI World Cups
- Glenn McGrath 71 [35 Matches]
- Muttiah Muralidharan 68 [40 Matches]
- Mitchell Starc 56 [23 Matches]
- Lasith Malinga 56 [29 Matches]
- Wasim Akram 55 [38 Matches]