Who has taken maximum wickets in 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup: TSR presents the leading wicket-taker in this year’s World Cup
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup has witnessed an absolute cracker of a contest at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. And it is England who lift their maiden World Cup title, and they couldn’t have done it at a better venue than the ‘Home of Cricket’.
While it was expected to be World Cup where the batsmen would expect a run fest, the scoreboard pressure made sure that the bowlers had much of a say against the initial expected lines.
Thus, it is the lethal fast bowlers who made quite some headlines in their respective team’s triumph more often than not.
Maximum wicket-takers in CWC 2019
5. Jasprit Bumrah
Currently the No.1 bowler in the ODI format- Jasprit Bumrah has been absolutely magnificent for India in almost all their wins in their World Cup campaign. On maximum occasions, the batsmen, no matter which opposition, have tried to play out his overs while looking to attack the rest in the pack.
Despite that, courtesy his lethal yorkers, sheer pace, or the well disguised slower deliveries at the back end of the innings, he did manage to pick up 18 wickets in the 10 matches that he played for his country, at an average of 20.61, and a superb economy rate of 4.41.
4. Mustafizur Rahman
He has been a revelation for the Bangladesh Cricket Team off-late. His ability to bowl the brilliant off-cutters without much of a change in pace has rich dividends for him and has been a major reason for his success.
He picked up back-to-back five-wicket hauls versus India and Pakistan in the last two matches of the league stages, and has stemmed him up in the list of leading wicket-takers in the 2019 World Cup. He picked up 20 wickets in just 8 matches he played in the marquee tournament.
3. Jofra Archer
He was not even in contention for the 2019 England World Cup squad until he played a couple of matches versus Pakistan in the five-match ODI series prior the World Cup.
But, once he made it through, it was no looking back for the Barbados born pacer. His ability to bowl inch perfect yorkers and vicious bouncers with both the new ball and the old, meant that he proved to be more than just an asset for the England side.
He picked up a total of 20 wickets in the 11 matches he played for his side.
4. Lockie Ferguson
The New Zealand pace bowling attack have always relied on their duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee in the limited overs format. But Southee’s injury in the initial phase of the tournament, meant that Lockie Ferguson had a brilliant opportunity to seal his berth as the third pacer in the team. And didn’t he live up to his expectations!
With the ability to bowl consistently over the 150 km/h mark, he has been absolutely belligerent for the Kiwi in their World Cup campaign. He picked up 21 wickets in the 9 matches he played in the marquee tournament, at an average of 20.36 and economy rate of 4.87 throughout.
1. Mitchell Starc
He picked up 22 wickets in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, and went on to become the ‘Player of the Tournament’. He has bettered his performance by miles in this edition, picking up a record breaking 27 wickets. No bowler has taken more wickets than Starc in a particular edition of a World Cup.
His inch perfect yorkers and wicket picking ability in crunch moments has rightly landed him the top spot in the leading wicket-takers list. He picked up 27 wickets in mere 10 matches at an average of 18.59.