Contrary to prior predictions, the 2019 World Cup has surprisingly been a productive outing for bowlers, with pacers in particular reaping the rewards of helpful conditions. Some outstanding individual performances set ablaze the global stage and this list encapsulates the top bowling performances in the World Cup leading up to the grand finale.
Shaheen Shah Afridi vs Bangladesh, 6/35
The 19-year-old created a plethora of records in what proved to be Pakistan’s final game at the World Cup. A brilliant performance with the ball and still the only 6-wicket haul in the mega-event, Shaheen’s spell had everything from belligerent yorkers to slower pace variations.
Jason Behrendorff vs England, 5/44
It takes a lot of courage and ability to tame the current explosive England batting lineup and left-arm seamer Behrendorff completely destroyed the hosts at Lord’s. With his brilliant in-swingers, the 29-year-old kept bowling tight lines and delivered a memorable spell.
Mitchell Starc vs New Zealand, 5/26
Starc blasted away New Zealand with his ferocious bowling in the group game embodying the fantastic form he was in all throughout the tournament. Thundering in at express pace, Starc’s deadly deliveries caused the undoing of the Kiwi batsmen.
Matt Henry vs India, 3/37
While Henry’s final figures are not too extravagant, his tremendous spell of seam bowling in a pressure match against the mighty Indians can only be seen in context to be recognized as one of the best spells in the World Cup. He nicked off the in-form Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul upfront, setting up New Zealand’s historic win over India in the semi-final.
Mohammed Shami vs Afghanistan, 4/40
Shami bowled prolifically in the few matches he was allowed to play in the World Cup. Bowling with vicious bite, the right-arm paceman achieved one of the two hat-tricks in the tournament in the crunch moments of the game when Afghanistan looked on the verge of the biggest upset win.