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On This Day In 2003, Glenn McGrath Recorded The Best Bowling Figures In World Cup History

Australian wizard and bowler Glenn McGrath is not too famous for his sledging skills unlike his fellow teammates Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds, but he is known for the presence he commanded with his extremely nerve-wracking deliveries that more often than not used to stun the poor batsmen of his time.

Having put up some of the most impressive numbers throughout his well-documented career, McGrath boasts of a brilliant 24/8 bowling innings in the first Test match between Australia and the visiting Pakistani team. 

Although not having enjoyed much success in the Twenty20 International format of the game, 'Nobby' McGrath did have a brilliant 29/4 spell with Delhi Daredevils during the opening season of the Indian Premier League against Rahul Dravid's Royal Challengers Bangalore at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium in 2008.

However, McGrath's greatest bowling figures were recorded on this very day, exactly 16 years ago in a World Cup group stage match against the Namibian cricket team that had qualified for the World Cup for the very first time and hasn't qualified ever since. 

7 overs.
4 maidens.
7 wickets for just 15 runs! ðª#OnThisDay in 2003, @glennmcgrath11 took a stunning 7/15 against Namibia in Potchefstroom - the best bowling figures in @cricketworldcup history! ð pic.twitter.com/U9DtBeThuE

— ICC (@ICC) February 27, 2019

In the 2003 match, having won the toss, Australia decided to bat first. With the help of their big hitters like Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds, the Aussies were able to build a huge total of 301 runs for the newcomers. When the innings switched, it was showtime for McGrath, the pacer.

Striking early in the first over itself, Mcgrath was able to dismiss the Namibian opener AJ Burger and it was a cakewalk for Team Australia ever since as the opposing batting-order spiralled around his bowling. In just seven overs, McGrath was able to bag a total of seven wickets giving out just 15 runs. These stats have been recorded as the best bowling figures in the history of ICC World Cups.

Australia went on to win the 2003 World Cup after defeating an All-Star Indian cricket team with players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag building the core of the roster. McGrath dismissed three of India's batsmen in the final.

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