The World Test Championship, which started on 1st August 2019, is reaching its end soon on 22nd June 2021. The final will be played between two of the most consistent and finest Cricket teams- India and New Zealand. The final will start on the 18th of June and will continue till the 22nd of June in Southampton. Both of the finalist teams have some of the greatest bowlers in their teams. Bowlers from India like Bumrah, Shami, Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and bowlers from New Zealand like Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner have proven worth and significance in the previous matches. Each and every over is very decisive for the match hence their part is predominant. With all being said, let’s take a look at the WTC stats of most wickets in the World Test Championship.
The WTC final will be played between two of the most consistent and finest Cricket teams- India and New Zealand. Let’s take a look at the WTC stats of most wickets in the World Test Championship.
1. Ravichandran Ashwin
When it comes to bowling, one of the biggest assets of the Indian cricket team is Ravichandran Ashwin. The off-spinner showed his immense credibility not only with his ball but also with the bat. His pivotal knock with Hanuma Vihari against Australia let the Indian team draw the Test match when everyone lost hope. He played a total of 14 matches where he took 71 wickets with a strike rate of 46.4 and an average of 20.33. India might have lost the WTC finals but he surely glorified the team’s name by becoming the bowler with the most wickets in the World Test Championship.
2. Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins is considered to be one of the world’s best spaces in the test format. Due to his impeccable performance both on his home ground and in other countries, he took his team to glory a lot of times. His performance was outstanding according to the WTC stats. Hence his at the number one position on this list. He played 14 matches and bagged a whopping of 70 wickets with an average of 21.02 and a strike rate of 47.6.
3. Stuart Broad
The comeback of Stuart Broad in the England cricket team was a boon for the team. The fast bowler was at his best form during the tournament and took entire advantage of the situation and delivered great performances. He played in 17 matches and took 69 wickets. His strike rate is 43.4 with an average of 20.08.
4. Tim Southee
Tim Southee, New Zealand’s most experienced and important fast bowler has been an important part of this World Test Championship. He will continue to play a key role even in the finals against India. His partnership with Trent Boult can be a deadly combination for the Indian batsmen. This Kiwi bowler has played in 11 matches and took 56 wickets with a strike rate of 46.2 and an average of 20.82.
5. Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon is one of the most important bowlers of the Australian cricket team. The Australian spinner is their greatest asset in away from home matches. He took 56 wickets in 14 matches with a strike rate of 67.5 and an average of 31.37. His performance in the World Test Championship was out of the world where he took 4 five-wicket hauls and 1 ten-wicket haul. His best innings figure from this tournament is 6/49. He is also the highest wicket-taker from Australia in the WTC.
6. Josh Hazlewood
The Australian cricketer has been a great replacement for Glenn McGrath. His economy rate is 2.55 which makes him a great asset to the team. He also has the best bowling average amongst the Australian bowlers. Hazelwood also has the capacity to bowl longer spells, which is another attribute that captain Tim Paine uses more often than not. He also has a knack for taking wickets of set batsmen like he got out Kane Williamson and Pujara in recent encounters. Hazlewood took 48 wickets in 11 matches with strike rate of 52.9 and average of 27.37.
7. Anrich Nortje
Arnich Nortje is one of the bowlers who has strengthened the South African team’s bowling unit. He made his test debut in 2019 against India. His career hasn’t been long yet but he has definitely made a name in the field. As of now he has played in 12 matches and picked up 47 wickets with a strike rate of 46.4 and an average of 28.10.
8. Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc, the Australian cricketer has proven his worth in matches most of the time. He is a reliable wicket-taker every time the team lands in a dire situation. Due to his pace and inconsistency, Starc sometimes goes for few extra runs, but always makes up with quick wickets as well. Starc played 10 matches in WTC and took 44 wickets with a strike rate of 46.4 and an average of 24.54.
9. Kyle Jamieson
No matter which team you supported in the World Test Championship final, you need to appreciate Kyle Jamieson’s performance in the match. At such a beginning stage of his career he single-handedly destroyed the Indian batting lineup. He picked up important wickets like Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara and gave only 21 runs and made a fifer. His wisdom and skills are the reasons why he made it to the list of the most wicket-takers in such an early cricket career. He made his test debut in 2020 against India. In this very short span of time, he played 7 matches and picked up 43 wickets with a strike rate of 34.3 and an average of 12.53.
10. Mohammad Shami
In November 2013, one of the best fast bowlers of the Indian Cricket team made his test debut against West Indies at Eden Gardens. His name is Mohammed Shami and he still proving his legacy. At many crucial moments, he has been the leading bowler of the team. In the 2015 World Cup, he helped the team to reach the semi-finals and played extraordinarily well even with a knee injury which was revealed later. In his debut match, he took 4 wickets in the first innings and took a fifer in the second innings. The starting of his career has been heavenly and he is still continuing his contribution to the team at every given opportunity. Throughout these years he has played in 11 matches and took 40 wickets with a strike rate of 41.4 and an average of 20.47.