Australia had reached the finals of that tournament and won the cup which meant McGrath got full opportunity to overtake record of Chaminda Vaas who had taken 23 wickets in the world cup before from one less match.
Now, in current world cup 2011, can of of the bowler break MCGrath's record of most wickets in a series? why not but we have to wait and watch. Meanwhile, in following table, Its Only Cricket will be calculating leading wicket takers in 2011 WC upto the finals day.
Update : Following table was updated after final between India and Sri Lanka. Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, having become first bowler to take 3 consecutive 4 wicket haul in world cup history, finished the tournament as the leader but only on less number of runs conceded as Zaheer Khan of India matched his number of wickets, guiding India to world cup triumph almost single handedly in bowling department.
Also see : Leading run scorers in world cup 2011.
|Leading wicket takers in world cup 2011 so far.|
|Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)||21||8||74.3||270||5/16||3.62|
|Zaheer Khan (India)||21||9||81.3||394||3/20||4.83|
|Tim Southee (New Zealand)||18||8||72.2||312||3/13||4.31|
|Robin Petersen (South Africa)||14||6||47.0||189||4/12||4.02|
|Muthiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)||15||9||71.0||291||4/25||4.09|
|Yuvraj Singh (India)||15||9||75.0||377||5/31||5.02|
|Imran Tahir (South Africa)||14||5||39.3||150||4/38||3.79|
|Umar Gul (Pakistan)||14||8||60.3||272||3/30||4.49|
|Kemar Roach (West Indies)||13||6||46.0||195||6/27||4.23|
|Brett Lee (Australia)||13||7||54.2||235||4/28||4.32|
|Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)||13||7||48.4||270||6/38||5.54|
|Harvir Baidwan (Canada)||13||6||55.0||307||3/35||5.58|
|Dale Steyn (South Africa)||12||6||46.1||192||5/50||4.15|
|Jacob Oram (New Zealand)||12||6||49.5||221||4/39||4.43|
|Sulieman Benn (West Indies)||12||6||47.5||238||4/18||4.97|
|Graeme Swann (England)||12||7||58.0||309||3/36||4.54|
|Shaun Tait (Australia)||11||7||52.0||264||3/35||5.07|
|Munaf Patel (India)||11||8||65.5||353||4/48||5.36|
|Mitchell Johnson (Australia)||10||7||57.3||231||4/19||4.01|
|John Mooney (Ireland)||10||6||45.0||259||4/63||5.75|
|Raymond Price (Zimbabwe)||9||6||49.0||169||3/16||3.44|