4. Muttiah Muralitharan (Matches: 9, Wickets: 15, Average: 19.40)
This man from Kandy, Sri Lanka, requires no introduction. For many, he's among the greatest to ever spin a ball.
Murali was often deemed unplayable in the sub-continent conditions and was the go-to guy for all the captains he’s played under. And he seldom disappointed.
During the World Cup, Murali fought through a hamstring injury, a side strain, a troublesome knee and groin and was set to miss out on the semifinal against New Zealand (and eventually, the final).
But there was no way you could have kept Murali out of his last match at home. If he could stand straight, he would play. And play he did.
Murali ran in for his last ball at home, and bowled a bit wide, turning it back in, and hit Scott Styris in front. LBW. It was a wicket that kick-started a collapse of 4 for 4.
Murali took 15 wickets in the tournament and led Sri Lanka to a second consecutive World Cup final. Unfortunately for the master, it couldn’t be a dream ending to his ODI career as the Lankans lost out to co-hosts India in the final.
Muralitharan ended his ODI career with a record 534 wickets from 350 matches. Best bowler the world has seen so far? By a mile!