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How Many ODI World Cups Did Sachin Tendulkar Play in? | Top 20 List of Cricketers with Most World Cup Matches

Which cricketers have played the most World Cup matches? How many World Cups did Sachin Tendulkar Play in?

Here is a quick answer: Sachin Tendulkar played 45 World Cup matches, but he is actually the second for the most World Cup matches. Ricky Ponting at 46 has played the most ODI WC matches.

Here are all the details. Keep reading.

Key Takeaways – Most World Cup Matches

  • Ricky Ponting (46), Sachin Tendulkar (45), Mahela Jayawardene (40), Muttiah Muralitharan (40), and Glenn McGrath (39) have played the most World Cup matches.
  • The Top 20 cricketers in this list consist of: 1 South African, 2 Indians, 3 Australians, 2 from West Indies, 3 Pakistanis, 4 from New Zealand, and 5 Sri Lankan.
  • 13 of the players with the longest World Cup careers were proper batters (or keepers), 2 bowlers, and 5 all-rounders.

*Note: Shakib Al Hasan & Mushfiqur Rahim currently have played 29 World Cup matches. They have a chance to go to the Top 5-6 in this list if they play all World Cup 2023 matches (Sadly, Tamim Iqbal ends his World Cup career at 29 matches after he was controversially left out of the World Cup).

List of Cricketers with Most World Cup Matches

PlayerWorld Cup Matches Played
Ricky Ponting46
Sachin Tendulkar45
Mahela Jayawardene40
Muttiah Muralitharan40
Glenn McGrath39
Sanath Jayasuriya38
Wasim Akram38
Kumar Sangakkara37
Jacques Kallis36
Aravanda de Silva35
Chris Gayle35
Inzamam-ul-Haq35
Brian Lara34
Brendon McCullum34
Javagal Srinath34
Stephen Fleming33
Javed Miandad33
Ross Taylor33
Steve Waugh33
Daniel Vettori32
Shivnarine Chanderpaul31
Adam Gilchrist31
Shaun Pollock31
Chaminda Vaas31
Mohammad Azharuddin30
Andy Flower30
Arjuna Ranatunga30
MS Dhoni29
Ijaz Ahmed29
Lasith Malinga29
Eoin Morgan29
Mushfiqur Rahim29
Shakib Al Hasan29
Tamim Iqbal29

Top 20 Cricketers with Most World Cup Matches

1. Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 46 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1996-2011
  • World Cups Played: 5
  • World Cups Won: 3 (4 Finals)
  • Runs: 1743
  • Catches: 28
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2. Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 45 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1992-2011
  • World Cups Played: 6
  • World Cups Won: 1 (2 Finals)
  • Runs/Wickets: 2278/8
  • Catches: 12
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3. Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) – 40 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1999-2015
  • World Cups Played: 5
  • World Cups Won: 0 (2 Finals)
  • Runs/Wickets: 1100/2
  • Catches: 16
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4. Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) – 40 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1996-2011
  • World Cups Played: 5
  • World Cups Won: 1 (3 Finals)
  • Wickets: 68
  • Catches: 13
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5. Glenn McGrath (Australia) – 39 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1996-2007
  • World Cups Played: 4
  • World Cups Won: 3 (4 Finals)
  • Wickets: 71
  • Catches: 5
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6. Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) – 38 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1992-2007
  • World Cups Played: 5
  • World Cups Won: 1 (2 Finals0
  • Runs/Wickets: 1165/27
  • Catches: 18
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7. Wasim Akram (Pakistan) – 38 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1987-2003
  • World Cups Played: 5
  • World Cups Won: 1 (2 Finals)
  • Runs/Wickets: 426/55
  • Catches: 8
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8. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 37 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 2003-2015
  • World Cups Played: 4
  • World Cups Won: 0 (2 Finals)
  • Runs: 1532
  • Catches/Stumpings: 41/13
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9. Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 36 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1996-2011
  • World Cups Played: 5
  • World Cups Won: 0
  • Runs/Wickets: 1148/21
  • Catches: 13
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10. Aravinda de Silva (Sri Lanka) – 35 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1987-2003
  • World Cups Played: 5
  • World Cups Won: 1
  • Runs: 1064/16
  • Catches: 14
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11. Chris Gayle (West Indies) – 35 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 2003-2019
  • World Cups Played: 5
  • World Cups Won: 0
  • Runs/Wickets: 1186/16
  • Catches: 17
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12. Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) – 35 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1992-2007
  • World Cups Played: 5
  • World Cups Won: 1 (2 Finals)
  • Runs: 717
  • Catches: 16
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13. Brian Lara (West Indies) – 34 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1992-2007
  • World Cups Played: 5
  • World Cups Won: 0
  • Runs: 1225
  • Catches: 16
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14. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) – 34 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 2003-2015
  • World Cups Played: 4
  • World Cups Won: 0 (1 Final)
  • Runs: 742
  • Catches/Stumpings: 32/2
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15. Javagal Srinath (India) – 34 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1992-2003
  • World Cups Played: 4
  • World Cups Won: 0 (1 Final)
  • Wickets: 44
  • Catches: 4
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16. Stephen Fleming (New Zealand) – 33 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1996-2007
  • World Cups Played: 4
  • World Cups Won: 0
  • Runs: 1975
  • Catches: 12
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17. Javed Miandad (Pakistan) – 33 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 2975-1996
  • World Cups Played: 6
  • World Cups Won: 1
  • Runs/Wickets: 1083/4
  • Catches: 10
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18. Ross Taylor (New Zealand) – 33 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 2007-2019
  • World Cups Played: 4
  • World Cups Won: 0 (2 Finals)
  • Runs: 1002
  • Catches: 11
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19. Steve Waugh (Australia) – 33 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 1987-1999
  • World Cups Played: 4
  • World Cups Won: 2 (3 Finals)
  • Runs/Wickets: 978/27
  • Catches: 11
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20. Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) – 32 CWC Matches

  • Years Played: 2003-2015
  • World Cups Played: 4
  • World Cups Won: 0 (1 Final)
  • Runs/Wickets: 167/36
  • Catches: 9
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Honorable Mentions:

  • 31 Matches: Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Adam Gilchrist, Chaminda Vaas
  • 30 Matches: Mohammad Azharuddin, Andy Flower, Arjuna Ranatunga
  • 29 Matches: MS Dhoni, Ijaz Ahmed, Lasith Malinga, Eoin Morgan, Mushfiqur Rahm, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal

Final Thoughts

Longevity is the key to several positive outcomes in life.

These players have stayed at the top of the game for more than a decade. WE can just sit back and appreciate their contributions to their teams, the Cricket World Cup, and the sport of cricket in general.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Most World Cup Matches Played by Cricketers

Which cricketers have played the most Cricket World Cup matches?

Ricky Ponting (46), Sachin Tendulkar (45), Mahela Jayawardene (40< Muttiah Muralitharan (39), and Glenn McGrath (39) have played the most World Cup matches.Cricketers Who has Played Most World Cup Matches: (Pictures from Left to Right) Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan

How many World Cup matches has Virat Kohli played?

Virat Kohli has played 26 World Cup matches so far.

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Who was Adjudged the Man of the Match in the 2019 World Cup Final? Man of the Match in the Cricket World Cup Final (The Complete List)

Winners of the Man of the Match in the Cricket World Cup Final – Everything you need to know.

Who was adjudged the man of the match in the 2019 World Cup Final? Which players won the Man of the Match in each of the Cricket World Cup Finals?

As acclaimed American author Mark Twain once said,

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

– Mark Twain

This quote perfectly epitomizes the World Cup Final for cricketers. It is the pinnacle of achievement, the day many of them dreamed of as a kid.

If you help your team conquer the World Cup Final, your legacy is etched in stone forever and you finally find out what you were born to do.

Without further ado, here is everything you need to know about the player of the match award winners in each ODI Cricket World Cup.

Key Takeaways

  • Ben Stokes won the most recent player of the match award in the 2019 World Cup Final.
  • The distribution of the man of the match in WC Finals coincide with the World Cup winners: 5 from Australia and the rest as follows: West Indies, India (2), England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (1).
  • 7 player of the final winners had all-round contributions, two were bowlers, two keepers, and one (surprisingly, Ben Stokes) contributing only as a batter.

At a Glance: Man of the Match in the Cricket World Cup Final

PlayerWorld CupPerformance
Clive Lloyd1975102 (85)
1/38
1 Run-Out
Captain
Sir Vivian Richards1979138 (157)
0/35
1 Catch
Mohinder Amarnath198326 (80)
3/12
David Boon198775 (125)
1 Run Out
Wasim Akram199233 (18) & 3/49
Aravinda de Silva1996107*(124)
3/42
2 Catches
Shane Warne19994/33
Ricky Ponting2003140*(121)
Captain
Adam Gilchrist2007149(104)
2 Catches
1 Stumping
Mahendra Singh Dhoni201191*(79)
1 Run-Out
1 Catch
Captain
James Faulkner20153/36
Ben Stokes201984*(98)

List of Award Winners: Man of the Match in the Cricket World Cup Final

1. Sir Clive Lloyd (West Indies), 1975 Prudential World Cup Final

Performance: Century, Wicket, Run-Out, Captain

Result: West Indies defeat Australia by 17 runs

  • Runs: 102 (85)
  • Strike Rate: 120.00
  • 4s/6s: 12/2
  • Wickets: 12-1-38-1
  • Economy: 3.16

Match Situation

Batting first, West Indies were in a precarious position at 50/3. In comes captain cool, Clive Lloyd, and stitches a 149-run partnership with Rohan Kanhai against the Australians. West Indies end at 291/8 after their 60 overs. Imagine, a 120-strike rate in 1975. That too in a World Cup Final.

Australia start out well in response. Standing at 115-2, the Chappell brothers look to carry Australia home before Lloyd-Richards run out captain Ian Chappell for 62. No worries, Australia are still in the game at 170-4 with Doug Walters at 35.

Not anymore. Walters bowled Lloyd, reads the scorecard the next ball. Australia fight it out till 274, but the match was lost much before that.

Scorecard: WI vs AUS, Prudential World Cup 1975, Final at London, June 21, 1975

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2. Sir Vivian Richards (West Indies), 1979 Prudential World Cup Final

Performance: Century, Economical Bowling, Catch

Result: West Indies defeat England by 92 runs

  • Runs: 138* (157)
  • Strike Rate: 87.89
  • 4s/6s: 11/3
  • Wickets: 10-0-35-0
  • Economy: 3.50

Match Situation:

I will read you the scorecard of nine players for WI that day. 20, 13, 9, 45, 4, 0,0, 0, 0*. Collis King scored 86 (66) & Viv Richards scored 138*(157).

Richards came to the crease when Greenidge departed. When he began, the score was 22/1. Then, be batted and batted and batted. In the end, West Indies had 286/9 in 60 overs.

Brearley-Boycott began slowly but steadily taking England to 129. Joel Garner, though, had other plans. His figures read 5/38 as England collapsed from 129/0 to 194/10.

A classic from Vivian Richards. A sign for more to come in the next decade.

Scorecard: WI vs ENG, Prudential World Cup 1979, Final at London, June 23, 1979

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3. Mohinder Amarnath (India), 1983 Prudential World Cup Final

Performance: 3 Wickets, Runs on the Board

Result: India defeat West Indies by 43 Runs

  • Runs: 26 (80)
  • Strike Rate: 32.50
  • 4s/6s: 3/0
  • Wickets: 7-0-12-3
  • Economy: 1.71

Match Situation:

When you think of Mohinder Amarnath, you think of his batting exploits and Test centuries. Not in the 1983 final.

With Dujon & Marshall in a 43-run partnership, there was still outside hope for the West Indies. They had recovered from 76/6. Then Amarnath took the wickets of Dujon, Marshall, and Holding to wrap up a famous victory for Team India.

Earlier, he was India’s third highest scorer with 26 runs, surviving the early spells of the West Indian fast bowlers.

Scorecard: IND vs WI, Prudential World Cup 1983, Final at London, June 25, 1983

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4. David Boon (Australia), 1987 Reliance World Cup Final

Performance: 75 (125), Run-Out

Result: Australia defeat England by 7 Runs

  • Runs: 75 (125)
  • Strike Rate: 60.00
  • 4s/6s: 7/0

Match Situation:

One of the closest World Cup Finals. While it was Mike Veletta’s 45*(31) that propelled Australia to 253, it was David Boon’s steady 75 that provided Australia with the base.

England had contributions from Gooch, Bill Athey, Mike Gatting, Allan Lamb that drew them close , but the lower order couldn’t push through.

Boon also inflicted John Emburey’s run-out.

Scorecard: AUS vs ENG, Reliance World Cup 1987/88, Final at Kolkata, November 08, 1987

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5. Wasim Akram (Pakistan), 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup Final

Performance: 33 (18) & 3/49

Result: Pakistan defeat England by 22 runs

  • Runs: 33 (18)
  • Strike Rate: 183.33
  • 4s/6s: 4/0
  • Wickets: 10-0-49-3
  • Economy: 4.90

Match Situation:

A true all-round performance by Wasim Akram. Wasim came it at #6 with Pakistan at 197/4 in 43.3 overs. Imran Khan had departed for 72, but Wasim provided Inzamam support with a quick 33 (18) to take Pakistan to a competitive 249/6.

Wasim first nicked England’s golden boy, Ian Botham for a duck in the third over. Still, England recovered from 69/4 to 141/4. Then came in Wasim and delivered those two deliveres to Allan Lamb & Chris Lewis. England 141/6 and never recovered.

Scorecard: PAK vs ENG, Benson & Hedges World Cup 1991/92, Final at Melbourne, March 25, 1992

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6. Aravinda de Silva (Sri Lanka), 1996 Wills World Cup Final

Performance: Century, 3 Wickets, 2 Catches

Result: Sri Lanka Defeat Australia by 7 Wickets

  • Runs: 107*(124)
  • Strike Rate:
  • 4s/6s: 13/0
  • Wickets: 9-0-42-3
  • Economy:

Match Situation:

Wickets, runs, catches. Aravinda de Silva provided an all-round spectacle for the generation.

His off-breaks had taken out a dangerous Mark Taylor for 74, Ricky Ponting for 45, and Ian Healy for two. To top it off, he took catches to dismiss Steve Waugh and Stuart Law.

However, Australia had runs on the board with 241 runs and the famous Jayasuriya-Kaluwitharana pair were back in the hut within 23 runs. Then, Aravinda de Silva formed two partnerships to take Sri Lanaka home.

Gurusinha-de Silva scored 125 together, while de Silva & Ranatunga put together 97 runs to take Sri Lanka home with 22 balls remaining.

Scorecard: AUS vs SL, Wills World Cup 1995/96, Final at Lahore, March 17, 1996

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7. Shane Warne (Australia), 1999 ICC World Cup Final

Performance: 4/33

Result: Australia defeat Pakistan by 8 Wickets

  • Wickets: 9-1-33-4
  • Economy: 3.66

Match Situation:

An anti-climactic final. At 77-3 , Pakistan were decently poised.

Then came Warne. Ijaz Ahmed. Moin Khan. Shahid Afridi. Wasim Akram. All back in the pavilion. Pakistan would collapse for 132 in 39 overs. Australia chased it with almost 30 overs to spare.

Scorecard: PAK vs AUS, ICC World Cup 1999, Final at London, June 20, 1999

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8. Ricky Ponting (Australia), 2003 ICC World Cup Final

Performance: 140*(121), Captain

Result: Australia defeat India by 125 Runs

  • Runs: 140*(121)
  • Strike Rate: 115.70
  • 4s/6s: 4/8

Match Situation:

Sourav Ganguly won the toss and chose to field first. Match was lost right there or so is what the narrative suggests. In reality, it was an exhibition of high-quality batting.

Gilchrist & Hayden set the tone with 105-runs in just 14 overs (Gilchrist would take it to a whole new level in the next edition). Ricky Ponting made sure there was no spot in the field left to score. 8 sixes, fours. Ponting, 140*, Martyn 88*, Australia 359/2.

Tendulkar out in the first over. India lose by 125 runs.

Scorecard: AUS vs IND, ICC World Cup 2002/03, Final at Johannesburg, March 23, 2003

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9. Adam Gilchrist (Australia), 2007 ICC World Cup Final

Performance: 149 (104), 2 catches, and 1 stumping

Result: Australia defeat Sri Lanka by 53 runs (D/L method)

  • Runs: 149 (104)
  • Strike Rate: 143.26
  • 4s/6s: 13/8

Match Situation:

One of the least remembered World Cups. A tournament ridden with controversies, rain, mismanagement, Bob Woolmer’s death, and the financial loss induced by India-Pakistan’s early exits. For a few moments, the negativity was upstaged by one of the greatest final knocks.

Adam Gilchrist absolutely smashed it. 8 sixes, 143.26 SR. An opening partnership of 172 in 22.5 overs, in which Hayden only scored 38 (55).

And Gilchrist was not done. He did his part as a keeper by catching Tharanga & Russel Arnold and stumping Malinga at the end.

Scorecard: AUS vs SL, ICC World Cup 2006/07, Final at Bridgetown, April 28, 2007

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10. MS Dhoni (India), 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Final

Performance: 91*(79), Run-Out, and a Catch

Result: India defeat Sri Lanka by 6 Wickets

  • Runs: 91*(79)
  • Strike Rate: 115.18
  • 4s/6s: 8/2

Match Situation:

One of the best ODI chases by the greatest finisher in cricket’s history. Dhoni had played his part as a captain, caught behind Sangakkara for 48, and inflicted a run-out of Kulasekara at the end. However, it was Jayawardene’s blistering show of 103*(88) that took the match firmly into Sri Lanka’s favor.

At 31/2, with both Sehwag-Sachin in the hut and a review lost due to Malinga, there seemed to be no hope. The pressure of a home final. Then, began the recovery via Virat Kohli & Gautam Gambhir. This gave India some belief. When Kohli departed, another 161 runs were needed.

Then, came in MS Dhoni. Dhoni was struggling for form in the World Cup and Yuvraj Singh was player of the tournament contender. It turned out Dhoni came to tackle the Muralitharan factor and the decision paid dividends. The Gambhir-Dhoni duo stitched a 109 run-partnership and Dhoni-Yuvi finished it in style.

The final six is going to go down as one of the most iconic shots in Indian cricket history.

Scorecard: SL vs IND, ICC Cricket World Cup 2010/11, Final at Mumbai, April 02, 2011

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11. James Faulkner (Australia), 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final

Performance: 3/36

Result: Australia defeat New Zealand by 7 Wickets

  • Wickets: 9-1-36-3
  • Economy: 4.00

Match Situation:

After Starc had jolted the Kiwis with McCullum-size wicket, New Zealand had managed to somewhat recover. From 3/39 in 12.2, Ross Taylor & Grant Elliot had taken NZ to 150 in 35 overs. In that World Cup, with the powerplay rules, teams were comfortable doubling their scores after their 35th over. 300 was still possible.

In comes James Faulkner and bowls a really wide one to Taylor. Taylor, looking for the aggressive option, edges to Brad Haddin. Next Two balls later, Corey Anderson bowled for duck.

150-3. 150-4. 151-0-5. 151-6. 167-7. 183-10. Despite Aaron Finch’s duck, Australia chased it easily. Match over in a space of three deliveries.

Scorecard: NZ vs AUS, ICC Cricket World Cup 2014/15, Final at Melbourne, March 29, 2015

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12. Ben Stokes (England), 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Final

Performance: 84*(98), 0/20

Result: Match Tied, England won in Super Over

  • Runs: 84*(98)
  • Strike Rate: 85.71
  • 4s/6s: 5/2
  • Wickets: 3-0-20-0
  • Economy: 6.66

Match Situation:

This one is the freshest in all of our memories. One of the greatest ODI matches of all-time, and the best ending without a doubt.

New Zealand had runs on the board with 241, but England were still favorites to sweep them aside. But Matt Henry & de Grandhomme had other plans, combining with figures of 20-4-65-2. Joe Root had an off day at 7(30), and when captain Morgan was dismissed, England’s score stood at 86/4 in 23.1 overs. The Kiwis back in it.

Then came the recovery, led by Jos Buttler’s brisk 59 (60) with Stokes playing the supporting role. Lockie Ferguson brought his A game and would dismiss Buttler & Woakes in two balls.

At the end of the 47th over, Ben Stokes was 57*(87) and 33-runs were still needed. Then, the giant woke up. A couple of sixes, intense running, run-outs, Boult falling over the boundary, the dive that was deflected to the boundary. We all remember it like yesterday.

Stokes scored another 8*(3) in the Super Over and held his nerve.

A few moments later, Martin Guptill run out. By the barest of margins.

One of the all-time clutch performances of all-time.

Scorecard: NZ vs ENG, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Final at London, July 14, 2019

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Final Thoughts

Winning the man of the match in the Cricket World Cup Final is a prestigious achievement. Only have twelve have achieved it so far, and we remember all of their contributions fondly.

I hope we get to witness another memorable final and new heroes emerge. Who will it be this time?

Also Read: 155 Greatest Cricketers of All Time (Men’s), Top 5 Greatest Cricket Teams Ever To Be Assembled, Top 50 Greatest West Indies Cricketers of All Time: The Complete List (2023), Who has the Most Man of the Match Awards in International Cricket? The Greatest Match Winners in Cricket History

Frequently Asked Questions – Man of the Match in the Cricket World Cup Final

Who was the man of the match in the 1983 World Cup Finals?

Mohinder Amarnath was the man of the match in the 1983 World Cup Finals. He scored 26 (80) and took 3 crucial wickets. Photo of Mohinder Amarnath with Kapil Dev in the post-1983 Final celebration.

Which player won the man of the match in the finals of the 1987 World Cup?

David Boon won the player of the match in the 1987 World Cup Finals for his steady 75 (125).Portrait picture of David Boon, the player of the final in the 1987 World Cup.

Who was adjudged as the man of the match in the 2019 World Cup Finals?

Ben Stokes was adjudged as the man of the match in the 2019 World Cup Finals. An all-time clutch performance of 84* and 8* in the Super Over. Portrait photo of Ben Stokes, player of the match in the 2023 World Cup Final.

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Top 43 Pakistan Fast Bowlers List (The Complete Guide) | Greatest Pakistani Fast Bowlers of All Time (Updated 2023)

The list of Pakistan fast bowlers continues to grow—Shaheen Shaha Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf have been ripping apart batting line ups all year.

Join us as we explore the mesmerizing realm of Pakistani fast bowlers – where passion meets skill and legends are born. Who are the greatest? The unluckiest? Who took the most wickets?

Let’s dive straight in.

Table of Contents

By the Numbers: Which Pakistani Fast Bowlers Have Taken the Most Wickets Across Formats?

The land of Pakistan is a factory that unearths gem of fast bowlers year in and year out.

Wasim Akram (916), Waqar Younis (789), Imran Khan (544), Shoaib Akhtar (438), and Umar Gul (427) are the Top 5 wicket-takers in Pakistan cricket history across formats.

Here is the complete list of the most wickets by Pakistani fast bowlers or medium pacers – all formats combined (Test/ODI, T20Is).

Most Wickets by Pakistan Fast Bowlers

PlayerWickets
Wasim Akram916
Waqar Younis789
Imran Khan544
Shoaib Akhtar438
Umar Gul427
Abdul Razzaq388
Mohammad Amir259
Shaheen Shah Afridi253
Sarfraz Nawaz240
Wahab Riaz237
Aaqib Javed236
Hasan Ali229
Mohammad Sami227
Junaid Khan189
Mudassar Nazar177
Azhar Mahmood162
Mohammad Asif160
Fazal Mahmood139
Haris Rauf137
Naved-ul-Hasan133
Sohail Tanvir130
Mohammad Irfan109
Sikander Bakht100
Naseem Shah98
Mohammad Abbas91
Faheem Ashraf86
Shabbir Ahmed84
Azeem Hafeez78
Rao Iftikhar Anjum78
Rahat Ali76
Saleem Jaffar76
Asif Iqbal69
Mahmood Hussain68
Tahir Naqqash68
Mohamad Wasim Jr.61
Ata-ur-Rehman58
Shahid Nazir55
Khan Mohammad54
Aizaz Cheema51
Saleem Altaf51
Sohail Khan51
Usman Shinwari48

Others: Asif Masood (43), Manzoor Elahi (36), Mohammad Akram (36), Anwar Ali (28), Yasir Arafat (29), Imran Khan (29), Rashid Khan (28), Jalal-ud-Din (25), Mohammad Zahid (25), Rumman Raees (22), Kabir Khan (21), Mohammad Farooq (21), Bilawal Bhatti (17)

Also Read:

Top 35 List of Greatest Pakistan Fast Bowlers (Ranked)

Some aspects we considered while ranking these bowlers were (1) longevity, (2) Test match impact, (3) World Cup heroics, (4) other international match-winning performances, and (5) pace/talent/swing.

The New Generation: Up and Coming Pakistani Fast Bowlers

First up, we begin with the youth of Pakistan. These youngsters will inevitably rise up the list in the future, but for now, we are putting them here.

*Note: Youngsters like Shaheen Shah Afridi & Naseem Shah are further down below since they have already taken more than 100 international wickets in their short careers.

43. Mir Hamza – 2 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2018-
  • Matches: 3 (Tests)
  • Wickets (Test): 2
  • Best Figures in Innings: 1/38 (Test)
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42. Zaman Khan – 4 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2003-
  • Matches: 6 (T20Is)
  • Wickets (T20I): 4
  • Best Figures in Innings: 1/7
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41. Ihsanullah – 6 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2023-
  • Marches: 1 (ODI), 4 (T20I)
  • Wickets (ODI/T20Is): 0/6
  • Best Figures in Innings: 3/29 (T20I)
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40. Shahnawaz Dahani – 9 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2021-
  • Matches: 2 (ODI), 11 (T20I)
  • Wickets (ODI/T20Is): 1/8
  • Best Figures in Innings: 1/36 (ODI), 2/37 (T20I)
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39. Muhammad Hasnain – 37 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2019-
  • Matches: 9 (ODI), 27 (T20I)
  • Wickets (ODI/T20Is): 12/25
  • Best Figures in Innings: 12 (ODI), 25 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 0/1 (ODI)
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38. Mohammad Wasim Jr. – 61 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2021-
  • Matches: 2 (Test), 15 (ODI), 35 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 2/24/35
  • Best Figures in Innings: 1/71 (Test), 4/36 (ODI), 4/24 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 1/0 (ODI), 2/0 (T20I)
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Pakistan Fast Bowlers with Short International Careers: The Ones That Impressed but Could Not Capitalize

37. Ehsan Adil – 9 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2013-15
  • Matches: 3 (Test), 6 (ODI)
  • Wickets (ODI/T20Is): 5/4
  • Best Figures in Innings: 2/54 (Test), 1/31 (ODI)
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36. Rumman Raees – 22 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2016-2018
  • Matches: 9 (ODI), 8 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI): 14/8
  • Best Figures in Innings: 3/49 (ODI), 2/24 (T20I)
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35. Yasir Arafat – 29 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2000-2012
  • Matches: 3 (Test), 11 (ODI), 13 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20I): 9/4/16
  • Best Figures in Innings: 5/161 (Test), 1/28 (ODI), 3/18 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 0/1 (Test)
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34. Mohammad Zahid

  • Years Played: 1996-2003
  • Matches: 5 (Test), 11 (ODI)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI): 15/10
  • Best Figures in Innings: 7/66 (Test), 2/20 (ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 1/1 (Test)
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33. Anwar Ali – 28 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2008-2016
  • Matches: 22 (ODI), 16 (T20I)
  • Wickets (ODI/T20I): 18/10
  • Best Figures in Innings: 3/66, 2/27
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32. Usman Khan Shinwari – 48 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2013-
  • Matches: 1 (Test), 17 (ODI), 16 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 1/34/13
  • Best Figures in Innings: 1/54 (Test), 5/34 (ODI), 3/31 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 3/2 (ODI)
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31. Rao Iftikhar Anjum – 78 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2004-2010
  • Matches: 1 (Test), 62 (ODI), 2 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 1/62/2
  • Best Figures in Innings: 5/30 (ODI), 1/34 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls:2/1 (ODI)
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30. Rahat Ali – 76 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2012-18
  • Matches: 21 (Test), 14 (ODI)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI): 58/18
  • Best Figures in Innings: 6/127 (Test), 3/40 (ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 3/2 (Test)
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29. Shabbir Ahmed – 84 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1999-2007
  • Matches: 10 (Test), 32 (ODI), 1 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 51/33/0
  • Best Figures in Innings: 5/48 (Test), 3/32 (ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 5/2 (Test)
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28. Sohail Khan – 51 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2008-2017
  • Matches: 9 (Test), 13 (ODI), 5 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 27/19/5
  • Best Figures in Innings: 5/68 (Test), 5/55 (ODI), 2/13 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 1/2 (Test), 0/1 (ODI)
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27. Mohammad Irfan – 109 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2010-2019
  • Matches: 4 (Test), 60 (ODI), 22 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 10/83/16
  • Best Figures in Innings: 3/44 (Test), 4/30 (ODI), 2/18 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 2/0 (ODI)
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26. Naved Ul-Hasan Rana – 133 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2003-2010
  • Matches: 9 (Test), 74 (ODI), 4 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 18/110/5
  • Best Figures in Innings: 3/30 (Test), 6/27 (ODI), 3/19 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 6/1 (ODI)
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25. Sikander Bakht – 100 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1976-1989
  • Matches: 26 (Test), 27 (ODI)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI): 67/33
  • Best Figures in Innings: 8/69 (Test), 4/34(ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 2/3 (Test), 1/0 (ODI)
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24. Naseem Shah – 98 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2019-
  • Matches: 17 (Test), 14 (ODI), 19 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 51/32/15
  • Best Figures in Innings: 5/31 (Test), 5/33 (ODI), 2/7 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls:2/1 (Test), 0/2 (ODI)
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23. Sohail Tanvir – 130 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2007-2017
  • Matches: 2 (Test), 62 (ODI), 57 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 5/71/54
  • Best Figures in Innings: 3/83 (Test), 5/48 (ODI), 3/12 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 3/1 (ODI)
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22. Junaid Khan – 189 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2011-2019
  • Matches: 33 (Test), 76 (ODI), 9 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 71/110/8
  • Best Figures in Innings: (Test), (ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 1/5 (Test), 4/0 (ODI)

Watch: Junaid Khan vs Virat Kohli

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21. Khan Mohammad – 54 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1952-1958
  • Matches: 13 (Test)
  • Wickets (Test): 54
  • Best Figures in Innings: 6/21
  • 4w/5w hauls: 4/4

20. Azhar Mahmood – 162 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1996-2007
  • Matches: 21 (Test), 143 (ODI)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI): 39/123
  • Best Figures in Innings: 4/50 (Test), 6/18 (odi0
  • 4w/5w hauls: 2/0 (Test), 2/3 (ODI)
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19. Mudassar Nazar – 177 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1976-1989
  • Matches: 76 (Test), 122 (ODI)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI): 66/111
  • Best Figures in Innings: 6/32 (Test), 5/28 (ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 1/1 (Test), 1/1 (ODI)
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18. Haris Rauf – 137 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2020-
  • Matches: 1 (Test), 26 (ODI), 62 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 1/53/83
  • Best Figures in Innings: 1/78 (Test), 5/18 (ODI), 4/18
  • 4w/5w hauls: 4/1 (ODI), 3/0 (T20I)
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17. Mohammad Sami – 227 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2001-2016
  • Matches: 36 (Test), 87 (ODI), 13 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 85/121/21
  • Best Figures in Innings: 5/36 (Test), 5/10 (ODI), 3/16 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 3/2 (Test),3/1 (ODI)
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16. Hasan Ali – 249 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2016-
  • Matches: 22 (Test), 60 (ODI), 50 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 78/91/60
  • Best Figures in Innings: 5/27(Test), 5/34 (ODI), 4/18 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 2/6 (Test), 1/4 (ODI), 1/0 (T20I)
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15. Wahab Riaz – 237 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2008-2020
  • Matches: 27 (Test), 92 (ODI), 36 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 83/120/34
  • Best Figures in Innings: 5/63 (Test), 5/46 (ODI), 3/18 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 3/2 (Test), 5/1 (ODI)

Watch: Wahab Riaz vs Shane Watson

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14. Mahmood Hussain – 68 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1952-1962
  • Matches: 27 (Test)
  • Wickets (Test): 68
  • Best Figures in Innings: 6/67
  • 4w/5w hauls: 4/2
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13. Mohammad Abbas – 91 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2017-
  • Matches: 25 (Test), 3 (ODI)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI):90/1
  • Best Figures in Innings: 5/33 (Test), 1/44 (ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 6/4 (Test)
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12. Abdul Razzaq – 389 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1996-2013
  • Matches: 46 (Test), 265 (ODI), 32 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 100/269/20
  • Best Figures in Innings:5/35 (Test), 6/35 (ODI), 3/13 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 4/1 (Test), 8/3 (ODI)
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11. Mohammad Amir – 259 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2009-2020
  • Matches: 36 (Test), 61 (ODI), 50 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 119/81/59
  • Best Figures in Innings: 6/44 (Test), 5/30 (ODI) 4/13 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 6/4 (Test), 1/1 (ODI), 1/0 (T20I)
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The Undisputed Greats: Top 10 Best Pakistani Fast Bowlers of All-Time

10. Shaheen Shah Afridi – 255 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2018-
  • Matches: 27 (Test), 43 (ODI), 52 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 105/84/64
  • Best Figures in Innings: 6/51 (Test), 6/35 (ODI), 4/22 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 11/4 (Test), 6/2 (ODI), 1/0 (T20I)

Watch: The King Of Swing At His Best | Top 30 Wickets of Shaheen Shah Afridi

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9. Aaqib Javed – 236 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1988-1998
  • Matches: 22 (Test), 163 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI): 54/182
  • Best Figures in Innings: 5/84 (Test), 7/37 (ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls:2 /1 (Test), 2/4 (ODI)

Watch: Aaqib Javed’s Spell Against India

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8. Umar Gul – 427 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2003-2016
  • Matches: 47 (Test), 130 (ODI), 60 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 163/179/85
  • Best Figures in Innings: 6/135 (Test), 6/42 (ODI), 5/6 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 12/4 (Test), 4/2 (ODI), 4/2 (T20I)

Also Read: The Magician With the Yorker – Umar Gul

Watch: UMAR GUL TOP 15 BOWLED COMPILATION

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7. Sarfraz Nawaz – 240 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1969-1984
  • Matches: 55 (Test), 45 (ODI)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI):177/63
  • Best Figures in Innings: 9/86 (Test), 4/27 (ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 14/4 (Test), 4/0 (ODI)

Watch: Sarfraz Nawaz 9/86 vs Australia 1st test 1978/79 MCG PART ONE

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6. Mohammad Asif – 165 Wickets

  • Years Played: 2005-2010
  • Matches: 23 (Test), 38 (ODI)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 106/46/13
  • Best Figures in Innings: 6/41 (Test), 3/28 (ODI), 4/18 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 6/7 (Test), 1/0 (T20I)

Watch: From the Vault: Asif rocks Australia with six at the SCG – YouTube

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5. Fazal Mahmood – 139 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1952-1962
  • Matches: 34 (Test)
  • Wickets (Test): 139
  • Best Figures in Innings: 7/42 (Test)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 6/13 (Test)

Watch: Fazal Mahmood Bowling Clip

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4. Shoaib Akhtar – 445 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1997-2011
  • Matches: 46 (Test), 163 (ODI), 16 (T20I)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI/T20Is): 179/247/19
  • Best Figures in Innings: 6/11 (Test), 6/16 (ODI), 3/38 (T20I)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 10/12 (Test), 6/4 (ODI)

Watch: Shoaib Akhtar Bowling Killer Yorker to Famous players | Best Yorkers in Cricket History

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3. Imran Khan – 544 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1971-1992
  • Matches: 88 (Test), 175 (ODI)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI): 362/182
  • Best Figures in Innings: 8/58 (Test), 6/14 (ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 17/23 (Test), 3/1 (ODI)

Watch: (30) Mix Tape: All-round Imran at his brilliant best – YouTube

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2. Waqar Younis – 789 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1989-2003
  • Matches: 87 (Test), 262 (ODI)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI): 373/416
  • Best Figures in Innings: 7/76 (Test), 7/36 (ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 28/22 (Test), 14/13 (ODI)

Watch: Mix Tape: Waqar Younis sending stumps flying

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1. Wasim Akram – 916 Wickets

  • Years Played: 1984-2003
  • Matches: 104 (Test), 356 (ODI)
  • Wickets (Test/ODI): 414/502
  • Best Figures in Innings: 7/119 (Test), 5/15 (ODI)
  • 4w/5w hauls: 20/25 (Test), 17/6 (ODI)

Watch: Wasim Akram Top 10 Swing Balls – YouTube

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Pakistan Fast Bowlers in Each World Cup

ODI World Cup

  • 1975 ODI WC: Asif Iqbal,Sarfraz Nawaz, Imran Khan, Naseer Malik, Asif Masood, Pervez Mir
  • 1979 ODI WC: Asif Iqbal, Sikander Bakht, Imran Khan, Mudassar Nazar, Hasan Jamil
  • 1983 ODI WC: Imran Khan, Mudassar Nazar, Rashid Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, Shahid Mahboob, Tahir Naqqash
  • 1987 ODI WC: Imran Khan, Manzoor Elahi, Saleem Jaffar, Wasim Akram
  • 1992 ODI WC: Imran Khan, Aaqib Javed, Wasim Akram, Wasim Haider
  • 1996 ODI WC: Wasim Akram, Aaqib Javed, Ata-ur-Rehman, Waqar Younis
  • 1999 ODI WC: Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Azhar Mahmood, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar
  • 2003 ODI WC: Waqar Younis, Abdul Razzaq, Azhar Mahmood, Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram
  • 2007 ODI WC: Azhar Mahmood, Mohammad Sami, Naved-ul-Hasan Rana, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat
  • 2011 ODI WC: Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan (replaced Sohail Tanvir)
  • 2015 ODI WC: Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali (Junaid Khan Withdrawn), Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil
  • 2019 ODI WC: Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz

T20 World Cup

  • 2007 T20 WC: Iftikhar Anjum Rao, Mohammad Asif, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat
  • 2009 T20 WC: Rao Iftikhar Anjum (replaces Shoaib Akhtar), Mohammad Amir, Shoail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat (replaces Abdul Razzaq)
  • 2010 T20 WC: Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Sami, Hammad Azam
  • 2012 T20 WC: Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir
  • 2014 T20 WC: Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul
  • 2016 T20 WC: Anwar Ali, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami
  • 2021 T20 WC: Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Shahnawaz Dahani (Reserve)
  • 2022 T20 WC: Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Shahnawaz Dahani (Reserve)

Final Thoughts

We have all heard the phrase, “Pace is pace.”

Pure pace can wreak havoc for the opposition teams while providing moments of beauty for the audience.

Pakistan cricket has been a blessing to the cricketing world due to the fast bowlers talent they produce. It was Sarfraz Nawaz & Imran Khan early on, Fazal Mohammad & Khan Mohammad even earlier. The trio of Wasim Akram-Waqar Younis-Shoaib Akhtar took the legend of Pakistani fast bowling to new heights.

Each generation since, Pakistan continues to find raw talent like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah today, and I hope they continue to produce such gems for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Greatest Pakistan Fast Bowlers

Why do Pakistan produce so many fast bowlers?

Pakistan produces so many fast bowlers due to their cricketing culture. In the early days of Pakistan Test cricket, the likes of Fazal Mahmood, Mahmood Hussain, and Khan Mohammad set the tone. This was taken to another level by the duo of Imran Khan & Sarfraz Nawaz and then solidified in their cricketing DNA by Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram.

Who are some of the most famous fast bowlers from Pakistan?

Sarfraz Nawaz, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Amir, and Wahab Riaz are some of the most famous fast bowlers from Pakistan.Pakistan Fast Bowlers - List of the Greatest Pakistan Fast Bowlers of All Time. Collage shown in two rows. Top Row (From Left to Right): Sarfraz Nawaz, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul. Bottom Row: (From Left to Right) Mohammad Asif, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi

Which bowlers have taken the most wickets in Pakistan cricket history?

Wasim Akram (916), Waqar Younis (789), Imran Khan (544), Shoaib Akhtar (438), and Umar Gul (427) have taken the most wickets in Pakistan cricket history across formats.

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Who Has Taken the Most Number of Wickets in the Cricket World Cup? | List of the Highest Wicket Takers in Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup (1975-2019)

Who has taken the greatest number of wickets in the Cricket World Cup (ODI)? Here’s a quick preview: Glenn McGrath has taken the most ODI World Cup wickets (71). Both McGrath & Mitchell Starc have dominated World Cup bowling from every measure.

The World Cup is closer than it appears. Less than 30 days to go for the 2023 Cricket World Cup now, can you believe it?

So, let’s dive right in and find out all about the greatest World Cup wicket-takers.

ODI Cricket World Cup Wicket Takers – By the Numbers

  • The top 5 wicket takers in the ODI Cricket World Cup (CWC) are Glenn McGrath (71), Muttiah Muralitharan (68), Lasith Malinga (56), Wasim Akram (55), and Mitchell Starc (49).
  • From the Top 20 wicket-takers in the ODI CWC, nations most represented are as follows: Australia (5), New Zealand (4), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (3), South Africa, India (2), and Bangladesh (1). Surprisingly, the West Indies do not make the Top 30 in this list.
  • Mitchell Starc has the best average (14.81), bowling strike rate (19.12), and most occurrences of 4 wickets or more (6: 3 – 4-fers, 3 – 5-fers). On the other end of the spectrum, Shakib Al Hasan has the worst average (35.94) and strike rates (42.14).
  • The best figures from this group of 20 are Glenn McGrath (7/15), Tim Southee (7/33), Chaminda Vaas (6/25), Mitchell Starc (6/28), and Lasith Malinga (6/38). Note that Shane Bond also has World Cup figures of 6/23, but his overall wicket tally of 30 ranks him at #26 in this list.
  • Mitchell Starc (49), Trent Boult (39), Tim Southee (34), and Shakib Al Hasan (34) are the only active players still in this list who are expected to play in the 2023 ODI World Cup.

The ODI Cricket World Cup: Who Has Taken the Most Number of Wickets?

PlayerWickets
Glenn McGrath71
Muttiah Muralitharan68
Lasith Malinga56
Wasim Akram55
Mitchell Starc*49
Chaminda Vaas 49
Zaheer Khan44
Javagal Srinath44
Imran Tahir40
Trent Boult*39
Allan Donald38
Jacob Oram36
Daniel Vettori36
Brett Lee35
Wahab Riaz35
Brad Hogg34
Imran Khan34
Shaun Tait34
Tim Southee*34
Shakib Al Hasan*34

*still playing (and may rise up the ranks)

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List of the Top 20 Highest Wicket Takers in the Cricket World Cup

1. Glenn McGrath (Australia), 71

Years Played: 1996-2007

  • Matches/Innings: 39/39
  • Best: 7/15
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 0/2
  • Average/Strike Rate: 18.19/27.53
  • Economy: 3.96
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2. Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), 68

Years Played: 1996-2011

  • Matches/Innings: 40/39
  • Best: 4/19
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 4/0
  • Average/Strike Rate: 19.63/30.30
  • Economy: 3.88

*Also spelled as Muralidaran

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3. Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), 56

Years Played: 2007-2019

  • Matches/Innings: 29/28
  • Best: 6/38
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 2/1
  • Average/Strike Rate: 22.87/24.89
  • Economy: 5.51

Also Read: Lasith Malinga: The Slinga, Slayer, and SuperStar

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4. Wasim Akram (Pakistan), 55

Years Played: 1987-2003

  • Matches/Innings: 38/36
  • Best: 5/28
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 49
  • Average/Strike Rate: 23.83/35.40
  • Economy: 4.04
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5. Mitchell Starc* (Australia), 49

Years Played: 2015-2019

  • Matches/Innings: 18/18
  • Best: 6/28
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 3/3
  • Average/Strike Rate: 14.81/19.12
  • Economy: 4.64
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6. Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka), 49

Years Played: 1996-2007

  • Matches/Innings: 31/31
  • Best: 6/25
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 1/1
  • Average/Strike Rate: 21.22/32.04
  • Economy: 3.97
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7. Zaheer Khan (India), 44

Years Played: 2003-2011

  • Matches/Innings: 23/23
  • Best: 4/42
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 1/0
  • Average/Strike Rate: 20.22/27.11
  • Economy: 4.47
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8. Javagal Srinath (India), 44

Years Played: 1992-2003

  • Matches/Innings: 34/33
  • Best: 4/30
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 2/0
  • Average/Strike Rate: 27.81/38.63
  • Economy: 4.32
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9. Imran Tahir (South Africa), 40

Years Played: 2011-2019

  • Matches/Innings: 22/21
  • Best: 40
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 4/1
  • Average/Strike Rate: 21.17/28.77
  • Economy: 4.41
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10. Trent Boult* (New Zealand), 39

Years Played: 2015-2019

  • Matches/Innings: 19/19
  • Best:5/27
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 3/1
  • Average/Strike Rate: 21.79/28.30
  • Economy: 4.61
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11. Allan Donald (South Africa), 38

Years Played: 1992-2003

  • Matches/Innings: 25/25
  • Best: 4/17
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 2/0
  • Average/Strike Rate: 24.02/34.55
  • Economy: 4.17
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12. Jacob Oram (New Zealand), 36

Years Played: 2003-2011

  • Matches/Innings: 23/23
  • Best: 4/39
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 2/0
  • Average/Strike Rate: 21.33/30.38
  • Economy: 4.21
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13. Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), 36

Years Played: 2003-2015

  • Matches/Innings: 32/31
  • Best: 4/18
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 2/0
  • Average/Strike Rate: 21.33/30.38
  • Economy: 4.14
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14. Brett Lee (Australia), 35

Years Played: 2003-2011

  • Matches/Innings: 17/17
  • Best: 5/42
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 2/1
  • Average/Strike Rate: 17.97/23.57
  • Economy: 4.57
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15. Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), 35

Years Played: 2011-2019

  • Matches/Innings: 20/20
  • Best: 5/46
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 1/1
  • Average/Strike Rate: 26.45/28.57
  • Economy: 5.55
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16. Brad Hogg (Australia), 34

Years Played: 2003-2007

  • Matches/Innings: 21/20
  • Best: 4/27
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 2/0
  • Average/Strike Rate: 19.23/27.97
  • Economy: 4.12
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17. Imran Khan (Pakistan), 34

Years Played: 1975-1992

  • Matches/Innings: 28/19
  • Best: 4/37
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 2/0
  • Average/Strike Rate: 19.26/29.91
  • Economy: 3.86
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18. Shaun Tait (Australia), 34

Years Played: 2007-2011

  • Matches/Innings: 18/18
  • Best: 4/39
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 1/0
  • Average/Strike Rate: 21.50/24.08
  • Economy: 5.35
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19. Tim Southee* (New Zealand), 34

Years Played: 2011-2019

  • Matches/Innings: 18/18
  • Best: 7/33
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 0/1
  • Average/Strike Rate: 25.11/28.64
  • Economy: 5.26
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20. Shakib Al Hasan* (Bangladesh), 34

Years Played: 2007-2019

  • Matches/Innings: 29/29
  • Best: 5/29
  • 4-fers/5-fers: 1/1
  • Average/Strike Rate: 35.94/42.14
  • Economy: 5.11
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Honorable Mentions: Shane Warne – 32, Chris Harris – 32, Mohammad Shami – 31, Anil Kumble – 31, Shaun Pollock – 31, Shane Bond – 30, Ian Botham – 30, Shoaib Akhtar – 30, and Shahid Afridi – 30.

Final Thoughts

Although these players have taken the greatest number of wickets in the Cricket World Cup, but more than the numbers, they have given us plenty of memories to remember them by.

Think Wahab Riaz vs Watson, Chaminda Vaas’s hat-trick, Boult vs Starc at Eden Park, Wasim Akram in the final, that Shane Bond spell, Imran Tahir’s celebrations, and much more.

I will leave you with this question for the 2023 ODI World Cup is, “Can Mitchell Starc break the World Cup record for the most wickets?” Comment below!

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The top 5 wicket takers in the ODI Cricket World Cup (CWC) are Glenn McGrath (71), Muttiah Muralitharan (68), Lasith Malinga (56), Wasim Akram (55), and Mitchell Starc (49).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Most Number of Wickets in the Cricket World Cup

Who has taken the most wickets in World Cup?

Glenn McGrath (71), Muttiah Muralitharan (68), Lasith Malinga (56), Wasim Akram (55), and Mitchell Starc (49) have taken the most number of wickets in the Cricket World Cup.Most Number of Wickets in the Cricket World Cup: Pictured here (from left to right) Lasith Malinga, Glenn McGrath, Mitchell Starc, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Wasim Akram.

How many World Cup wickets does Mitchell Starc have?

Mitchell Starc has taken 49 ODI World Cup wickets from just 18 matches. He boasts an absurd bowling average of 14.18 & strike rate of 19.12. He has taken 4-wickets thrice and 5-wickets thrice as well.Photo of Mitchell Starc celebrating in the 2015 World Cup final.

Can Mitchell Starc break the World Cup record for the most wickets?

Yes he can. If he is fit and plays in all the games on India’s pitches, then he can take 23 wickets to break Glenn McGrath’s record of 71 wickets. In case Australia reaches the final, he may have as many as 11 matches to break the World record (otherwise, he can play a maximum of 9 matches in the group stage).Pictured here - Bowling action of Mitchell Starc (photo from the 2015 Cricket World Cup).

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