ODI World Cup Records | India’s Top 5 Wicket-takers in World Cup

The ODI World Cup 2023 will be upon us in less than 50 days. The tournament schedule is out, and the tickets will go live on August 25. India, who beat Sri Lanka in the final to win the ODI World Cup trophy in 2011, will again look to repeat the heroics of 2011. However, Rohit Sharma and his men would rely on Indian bowlers to get the job done. On that note, let us look at India’s five top wicket-takers in the ODI World Cup history.

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The Top Five Indian Wicket-Takers in ODI World Cup

India’s World Cup wicket-takers list will include players from different eras. E.g., Zaheer Khan, Javagal Srinath, Mohammed Shami, Kapil Dev, and Anil Kumble. While many present-day Indian fans know Zaheer and Kumble, the likes of Srinath and Kapil belonged to a different era

The top five highest wicket-takers are: 

  1. Zaheer Khan
  2. Javagal Srinath
  3. Mohammed Shami
  4. Anil Kumble 
  5. Kapil Dev
  • Zaheer Khan

    One of the most celebrated Indian fast bowlers, Zaheer, made his ODI debut in 2000. After this, his bowling action earned him many accolades, and he quickly became a fan favorite. He played his first ODI World Cup in 2003 and would play two more for the country in 2007 and 2011, winning the trophy for India that year. Zaheer became the pace spearhead and played a crucial role in India’s 2011 World Cup win.

    Zaheer Khan ODI World Cup Stats:

Innings Wickets Economy Rate Best Figures
23 44 4.47 4/42


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  • Javagal Srinath

    Srinath made his ODI debut in 1991 and played in four World Cups for India. Though India has plenty of quality pacers now, Srinath didn’t have some world-class fast bowlers to partner him in the attack. The Karnataka-born cricketer was India’s top wicket-taker in the 1999 World Cup and retired from international cricket after India’s defeat in the 2003 World Cup final.

Javagal Srinath ODI World Cup Stats:

Innings Wickets Economy Rate Best Figures
34 44 4.32 4/30


  • Mohammed Shami

    Shami, who made his India debut in 2012, has played two ODI World Cups for India. That was enough for him to make a huge impression. In 2015, his pace troubled a lot of opposition batters; four years later, he was right back on the money with his superb pace and effective line. The 32-year-old  has picked up a fifer once with four-wicket hauls thrice. He also took a hattrick in the World Cup against Afghanistan in 2019.

    Mohammed Shami ODI World Cup Stats:

Innings Wickets Economy Rate Best Figures
11 31 5.06 5/69

  • Anil Kumble

    Former India captain Anil Kumble was one of the most loyal servants of Indian cricket. He made his ODI World Cup debut in 1996 and would play three more World Cups. In 2003, he played just three games but would return in the 2007 ODI World Cup, where India was knocked out of the tournament in the first round.

    Anil Kumble ODI World Cup Stats:

Innings Wickets Economy Rate Best Figures
18 31 4.08 4/32
  • Kapil Dev

    Kapil Dev was not only one of the great Indian captains; he was also one of the best Indian fast bowlers at the ODI World Cup. Although Kapil is known for his stellar knock with the bat against Zimbabwe in 1983, the legendary all-rounder has made many invaluable contributions with the ball for India in World Cups. He has featured in four World Cups for India – 1979, 1983, 1987, and 1992.

    Kapil Dev ODI World Cup Stats:

Innings Wickets Economy Rate Best Figures
25 28 3.76 5/43

Manoj Prabhakar, Madan Lal, Yuvraj Singh, and Harbhajan Singh are other Indian players to have reached the 20-wicket mark in the 50-over World Cup history.   

Concluding Thoughts

In the upcoming ODI World Cup, India will need memorable performances from the only name on the list still playing – Mohammed Shami, who can ensure several excellent outings that take him to the top of the table.