The batting unit may get teams huge scores, but it is only as good as a quality bowling attack which helps in defending or restricting sides, making the impact in games.
The pacers in the wickets tally largely dominated the 2019 ODI World Cup in England. All ten top wicket-takers were the frontline seamers in the top bowling attacks of the world.
Let us have a look at the top-five wicket-takers in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:
5.) Jasprit Bumrah
With 18 wickets in the nine matches played in the tournament, India’s Jasprit Bumrah stands at the fifth position in the table of top wicket-takers.
Bumrah’s spells were both incisive and decisive during death as well as with the new ball, with the best figures of 4/55. Captain Virat Kohli used him as his go-to bowler whenever he needed wickets to break partnerships in the middle-overs.
4.) Mustafizur Rahman
The Fizz picked the fourth most wickets with his tally of 20 dismissals in the tournament. He picked a whopping 20 scalps in just eight games, the lowest number of matches amongst the top-five.
Unfortunately, Rahman’s and Shakib al Hasan’s heroics in their respective departments wasn’t enough for Bangladesh to progress into the knock-outs. His best spell came against India and Pakistan where he clinched fifers in both occasions.
3.) Jofra Archer
Watching Jofra Archer bowl with all-guns-blazing was a treat for pace bowling enthusiasts as the English pacer notched up speeds above 150 kmph regularly. 3/27 was his best figures in the competition.
Also, using his abilities to extract movement and bouncy from the juicy pitches in England, Archer picked up the third-most 20 wickets in the tournament, sharing the tally with Mustafizur.
2.) Lockie Ferguson
The league of express fast bowlers is in safe hands with the current generation of fast bowlers featuring the likes of Lockie Ferguson from New Zealand.
Ferguson rose to the occasion with his tally of 21 wickets, featuring during 9 games in the tournament. With best figures of 4/37, the Kiwi pacer was the third-most wicket-taker of the grand series.
1.) Mitchell Starc
Perhaps the most dreaded bowler in contemporary international cricket, Australia’s Mitchell Starc switched his beast mode on when the team needed him the most.
Starc received a substantial amount of flak for his toothless performances in the buildup to the tournament.
But, the express quick stole all the limelight with his 27 wickets in just ten matches, becoming the top wicket-taker of the multilateral event.
This was the second consecutive occasion of Starc being the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup. The left-arm thunderbolt picked 22 wickets in the ICC World Cup 2015 at home.
Top 10 wicket-takers in the 2019 World Cup:
- Mitchell Starc – 27 wickets
- Lockie Ferguson – 21 wickets
- Jofra Archer – 20 wickets
- Mustafizur Rahman – 20 wickets
- Jasprit Bumrah – 18 wickets
- Mark Wood – 18 wickets
- Mohammad Amir – 17 wickets
- Trent Boult – 17 wickets
- Shaheen Afridi – 16 wickets
- Chris Woakes – 16 wickets