Today we bring you the best spells in a Cricket World Cup 2003 match. Effective bowling performance had always been part of the World Cup tournament 2003. Most of the bowlers had put on impressive performances either in the group level or higher level matches. Some of the deadly bowling spells had made the matches exciting and motivated their teams to give their best.
The list given below displays the names of the top five bowlers with the best bowling figures during the tournament.
|5||6/25||Chaminda Vaas||Sri Lanka||Bangladesh||Pietermaritzburg, South Africa|
|4||6/23||Shane Bond||New Zealand||Australia||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|3||6/23||Ashish Nehra||India||England||Durban, South Africa|
|2||7/20||Andy Bichel||Australia||England||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|1||7/15||Glenn McGrath||Australia||Namibia||Potchefstroom, South Africa|
5. Chaminda Vaas – Sri Lanka
Chaminda Vaas was the greatest fast bowler of Sri Lanka who was highly successful in the domestic and in the international arena. Chaminda Vaas with 23 wickets had become the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. Chaminda Vaas was the only bowler in the history of Cricket to take a hat-trick on the first three balls of the match when he played against Bangladesh.
His superior bowling helped his team to win the match by 10 wickets against Bangladesh. Chaminda Vaas with a hat-trick bowled well and his bowling spell was 9.2 – 2 – 25 – 6. Among the best spells in a Cricket World Cup 2003 match.
4. Shane Bond – New Zealand
Shane Bond was New Zealand’s best fast bowler since Sir Richard Hadlee. Bond had suffered back problems, knee, and abdominal injuries that had become a major fitness problem for Bond and caused his limited appearances in the matches.
In the match against Australia, Shane Bond troubled the batsmen and took wickets at regular intervals. It was his career-best performance in the World Cup tournament and it gave him Player of the Match award. Shane Bond had bowled 10 – 2 – 23 – 6. Among the best spells in a Cricket World Cup 2003 match.
3. Ashish Nehra – India
Indians will never forget Ashish Nehra’s match-winning efforts against England in the Durban during the World Cup tournament. Ashish Nehra was troubled by major & minor injuries all through-out his career and he had undergone 12 surgeries.
Yet his performance on the field was always encouraging. Except for Andrew Flintoff, no other English batsman stood against Nehara’s toxic bowling spell. It gave India an unexpected win in a much-unexpected way. Ashish Nehra’s bowling spell was 10 – 2 – 23 – 6. Among the best spells in a Cricket World Cup 2003 match.
2. Andy Bichel – Australia
Australia while playing against England had a low-scoring match which they had won in the last over of the match. Thanks to Andy Bichel, the right-arm medium-fast bowler who had always found it tough to get in the team as a third seam bowler along with McGrath & Brett Lee.
But his tremendous performance against England helped his team to win the match that was almost lost. Andy Bichel’s tremendous efforts were 10 – 0 – 20 – 7. Among the best spells in a Cricket World Cup 2003 match.
1. Glenn McGrath – Australia
Most of the teams in the tournament found Namibia as a team that was trying to perform better but was easily dominated in the tournament. Glenn McGrath never missed the opportunity to get the Namibian batsmen on their toes while facing his deliveries with perfect line & length.
Except for Captain DB Kotze, no Namibian batsmen reached to a double-figure mark and were bundled out for a total of 45 runs. It was McGrath & his deadly spell that gave Australia a huge victory of 256 runs. Glenn McGrath’s bowling spell was 7 – 4 – 15 – 7. Led the best spells in a Cricket World Cup 2003 match.
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