The 13th edition of an ODI cricket World Cup has been done and dusted with Australia convincingly winning the final against India by 6 wickets. After losing the first two games against India and South Africa, they went on to win against both the opposition in the knockouts. We have seen some amazing performances from the teams and players (both with the bat and ball) throughout the tournaments. And today, we will see the highest wicket-takers in the ICC World Cup 2023. So let’s dive into it quickly.
Australia becomes the ODI World Cup Champion for the 6th time
Australia again showed why they are the most successful team in the tournament’s history. They became the champion for the 6th time in the tournament’s history. Australia already has 5 titles (in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015) before the ICC World Cup 2023.
After winning the toss, Australia made the right decision by choosing to bowl first. They made full use of the conditions on offer and restricted India to 240.
At one stage, they lost 3 wickets for just 47 runs. But Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne steadied the ship for the Aussies. After taking some time, the former went after the Indian bowlers while the latter stood tall at the other end. Australia, in the end, won the game quite convincingly by 6 wickets.
Now, let’s see the top 5 highest wicket-takers in the ICC World Cup 2023.
Top 5 wicket-takers in ICC World Cup 2023
1. Mohammad Shami
Despite missing the first four games, he finished first in the list of highest wicket-takers. When Hardik Pandya got injured, Team India had to rethink their team combination and that’s where Mohammad Shami entered into the playing XI.
Shami has been outstanding throughout the tournament, making the ball do the talking. He came out all guns blazing in his very first game against New Zealand in Dharamsala.
Shami also helped the team in the semifinals against the same opposition at Wankhede by taking 7 wickets in a crunch game. Even after putting a big total on the board, India’s win didn’t come out easily in the semis. They have to work hard for every wicket.
Overall, he took 24 wickets at an average of 10.71. He took 3 5 wicket hauls in the ICC World Cup 2023. Unfortunately, he ended up on the losing side in the final.
2. Adam Zampa
The leggie has played a huge role in Australia’s success in the ICC World Cup 2023. He took crucial wickets in the middle overs and that helped the team to control the game in the end. Not a big turner of the ball, he kept things simple and used his variations whenever needed.
We often talk about the pace attack of Australia. But Adam Zampa’s role is as important as anyone in the team. He compliments the fast bowlers very well and got the team back in the game as well after taking wickets at crucial stages.
Overall, he played 11 games and took 23 wickets at an average of 22.39. He has 3 4-fers in the ICC World Cup 2023.
3. Dilshan Madhushanka
Although his team didn’t do well, the tournament has gone well for him personally. With the new ball, he has bowled well and used the variations very well in the later part of the opposition’s inning.
In 9 games, he took 21 wickets at an average of 25. He also took a fifer in the tournament as well. Unfortunately, his efforts went in vain as Sri Lanka only managed to win 2 games in the round-robin stage.
4. Jasprit Bumrah
He has been excellent in all facets of the game. Whenever the team needs a wicket, the captain looks at him and he delivers most of the time as well.
Bumrah has shown immense skill and temperament in the ICC World Cup 2023. He bowled well with the new ball, in the middle overs, and made life difficult for the batters in the death overs with his variations.
He also set up the game for Team India in the final when he took 2 wickets upfront. But it wasn’t the day that went in India’s favor. Jasprit Bumrah took 20 wickets in 11 games with an average of 18.65.
5. Gerald Coetzee
Boy, I loved his attitude. A typical fast bowler’s tournament, always running in hard and trying to get under the skin of a batter. Gerald Coetzee is the find of the tournament for South Africa. They didn’t miss Anrich Nortje as this youngster came out and showed what he can do.
Coetzee has pace and bowls his heart out in the ICC World Cup 2023. Especially in the semi-final, when Australia looked comfortable after SA’s spinner was bowled out, he ran in and took 2 wickets and put the pressure on the Aussies again. Gerald Coetzee took 20 wickets in 8 games he played with an average of 19.80.