Bowlers play an important role in taking wickets for the team. However, not all bowlers take wickets in crucial stages of the game. Only extraordinary bowlers ensure to live up to the reputation by taking wickets.
Those are the ones who usually make it to the top of the list with most wickets. The first cycle of the ICC World Test Championship has come to a close.
New Zealand defeated India by 8 wickets to win the Championship. Kyle Jamieson was named the Player of the Match. The lanky pacer took as many as 7 wickets to his name including a fifer in the first innings.
Overall, bowlers from other teams made an impact in the tournament. In this article, we will now take a glimpse at the top wicket-takers of the ICC World Test Championship.
5. Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon has been the best only spinner in Australia in the last 8 years The off-spinner is the fifth leading wicket-taker in the tournament. Time and again, he has been an important wicket-taker. He has bagged as many as 56 wickets from 14 Tests.
The veteran spinner registered 4 five-wicket hauls in the ICC World Test Championship. He registered his best bowling figures of 6/49 in an innings. Lyon is just a wicket away from picking 400 Test wickets.
4. Tim Southee
Tim Southee has been one of the vital cogs of the New Zealand Test cricket team. He is one of the experienced pacers mainly responsible for taking crucial wickets when it mattered the most. Southee took 56 wickets in only 11 Tests.
The right-arm pacer bowled in-swingers to Indian batsmen and reaped rewards. Overall, he took 5 wickets against India in the ICC WTC Final at The Rose Bowl. His potential to swing the ball both ways makes him a threat to any world-class batsman.
3. Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad is one of the best pacers in Test cricket in the present era. He is currently the third-highest wicket-taker in the ICC World Test Championship. The right-arm fast bowler picked up 69 wickets in 17 Tests.
Broad who is also one of the all-time greatest bowlers for England maintained an exceptional average of 20.08. He has bagged two five-wicket hauls in the tournament including his personal best bowling figures of 6/31.
2. Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins has by far been the best pacer in the longest format of the game for several years now. The No.1 ranked Test bowler was leading the charts with most wickets in the ICC World Test Championship.
However, Ravichandran Ashwin surpassed him in the ICC WTC Final against New Zealand. Thus, Cummins ended up as the second-highest wicket-taker with as many as 70 wickets. He maintained an impressive bowling average of 21.02.
1. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin proved that he is worth his weight in gold in the ICC World Test Championship. India’s premier off-spinner edged past Pat Cummins to become the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
The right-arm off-spinner managed to take as many as 71 wickets in just 14 Tests. He maintained a sensational bowling average of 20.33 including 4 fifers. The veteran spinner took four wickets against New Zealand in the ICC WTC Final in Southampton.