Chaminda Vaas was the leading wicket taker with 23 wickets, Andy Bichel picked his 16 at 12 apiece – the best bowling average, but the highest impact bowler in the 2003 World Cup was the right-arm West Indian fast bowler, Vasbert Drakes (number 8 on the wickets-tally list) with the second-highest propensity to take wickets in the tournament.

Drakes’ hallmark was his consistency – he did not fail even once in the 5 matches he played. He also showed the best ability to pick up wickets in quick succession putting the opposition under pressure in the tournament.

West Indies did not even reach the semi-finals. It helped that no Australian bowler gave a high impact performance in the semi-final or final as they went on to win. It left Drakes as the highest impact bowler in the tournament – the only bowler in World Cup history who was the highest impact in the tournament without his team not even being in the last four.



Nikhil Narain

NOTE: This piece is up-to-date as of August 2016