Mohammed Shami ends Cricket World Cup 2023 as leading Wicket-Taker
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami ended the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament. Shami, who had missed the first half of the tournament, made an appearance in India’s fifth league match against New Zealand and made an impact that many bowlers have not made in their entire World Cup career. In seven matches, Shami took 24 wickets at an average of 10.70 and a strike rate of 12.20, with best figures of 7/57. Shami had three five-wicket hauls and one four-wicket haul in the tournament and also achieved the best bowling figures by an Indian in World Cup history.
In 18 World Cup matches, Shami has taken 55 wickets at an average of 13.52 and a strike rate of 15.81, with best figures of 7/57. The pacer has taken four five-wicket hauls in his World Cup career, the most by any bowler. He is the fifth highest wicket taker in the history of the tournament. Australia’s Glenn McGrath has the highest wickets in World Cup history with 71 scalps in 39 matches.
Here are some other bowlers who impressed in the tournament:
-Adam Zampa (Australia): 23 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 22.39, with best figures of 4/8.
-Dilshan Madhushanka (Sri Lanka): 21 wickets in nine matches at an average of 25.00, with best bowling figures of 5/80.
-Jasprit Bumrah (India): 20 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 18.65, with best bowling figures of 4/39.
-Gerald Coetzee (South Africa): 20 wickets in eight matches at an average of 19.80, with best figures of 4/44.
-Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan): 18 wickets in nine matches at an average of 26.72, with best figures of 5/54.
-Marco Jansen (South Africa): 17 wickets in nine matches at an average of 26.47, with best figures of 3/31.
-Ravindra Jadeja (India): 16 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 24.87, with best figures of 5/33.
-Josh Hazlewood (India): 16 wickets at an average of 11 matches at an average of 28.06, with best figures of 3/38.
-Mitchell Santner (New Zealand): In 10 matches, Santner took 16 wickets at an average of 28.06, with best figures of 5/59.
Coming into the game, Australia opted to bowl first and bowled out India for 240 in 50 overs. On a tough batting surface, skipper Rohit Sharma (47 in 31 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes), Virat Kohli (54 in 63 balls, with four boundaries) and KL Rahul (66 in 107 balls, with a four) posted knocks.
Mitchell Starc (3/55) was the pick of the bowlers for Australia. Skipper Pat Cummins (2/34) and Josh Hazlewood (2/60) also bowled well. Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell got a wicket each.
Chasing 241, India started really well and had the Aussies down to 47/3. Knocks from Travis Head (137 in 120 balls, with 15 fours and four sixes) and Marnus Labuschagne (58 in 110 balls, with four boundaries) left the Indian team unanswered and guided them to a seven-wicket win.
Mohammed Shami took one wicket while Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets.
Travis got the ‘player of the match’ for his century.
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