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