Top wicket-taker in WC 2019: The Sportsrush present before you list of highest wicket-taker in the ongoing 2019 Cricket World Cup.
The ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has surprisingly seen bowlers dictating terms at crucial junctures in the tournament. The same is surprising because there was plentiful conjecture on batsmen calling the shots at will on flat pitches.
The narrative of the tournament saw bowlers putting in their best foot forward to maintain a balance between the two main aspects of of cricket. Given the prevailing conditions in England, fast bowlers have had an upper hand as compared to the spinners.
Among the Top Five highest wicket-takers of the tournament, all of them are fast bowlers and bowlers who also bowl in the death overs. With the tournament into its business end and not much difference between these five players and the ones below them, expect changes in this list as the tournament progresses.
Top wicket-taker in WC 2019
Mitchell Starc (Australia)
While the highest run-scorer of the tournament in David Warner hadn’t played an ODI for a year before the tournament, the highest wicket-taker in Mitchell Starc had last played an ODI in November last year.
In seven matches, Starc has dismissed 19 batsmen at an average of 18.26, an economy rate of 5.36 and a strike rate of 20.4 including a five-wicket haul. Starc’s ferociousness can be judged by the manner in which he bowled Joe Root and Ben Stokes against England.
Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)
From almost missing selection for the World Cup to ruling the bowling charts, Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has completed his player graph with respect to this tournament. In six ODIs, Amir has picked 16 wickets at an average of 17.87, an economy rate of 5.10 and a strike rate of 21.
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Why Amir’s form is a significant turn of events is because of his past record. In 15 ODIs before the World Cup, Amir had dismissed a mere five batsmen at an average of 92.60, an economy rate of 4.58 and a strike rate of 121.2.
Jofra Archer (England)
The much talked-about Jofra Archer justified his selection with his numbers in the tournament. Being included into the English side under debatable circumstances, Archer has so far picked 16 batsmen at an average of 20.31, an economy rate of 5.09 and a strike rate of 23.9.
Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)
While the opposition teams were preparing for Trent Boult and Tim Southee, the ongoing tourney is more of a breakout tourney for New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson. In six ODIs, Ferguson has 15 wickets under his belt which have come at an average of 17.80, an economy rate of 4.97 and a strike rate of 21.4.
Ferguson’s average of 17.80 and economy rate of 4.97 is the best and second-best respectively among the Top 10 wicket-takers of the tournament.
Mark Wood (England)
Much like Ferguson, England’s Mark Wood is another right-arm fast bowler who has surprised people with his performance in this World Cup. Wood has dismissed 13 batsmen in six matches at an average of 20.15, an economy rate of 5.07 and a strike rate of 23.8. The 29-year old cricketer has primarily beaten the batsmen with pace in this World Cup.