Top 5 wicket-takers in T20 World Cup 2022

Wanindu Hasaranga tops the list with 15 wickets.

Wanindu Hasaranga, Bas de Leede, Sam Curran
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Wanindu Hasaranga, Bas de Leede, Sam Curran. (Photo Source: Morgan Hancock/NurPhoto via Getty Images, Steven Markham/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images and BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP via Getty Images)
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England are the champions of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 following their five-wicket win over Pakistan in the summit clash at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, November 13. During the 45 matches played throughout the showpiece event, there were some sensational performances by certain players who have etched their names in history.

Scalping wickets is something all bowlers relish and with the shortest format regarded as a batter’s game, the room for error for bowlers is very less. On the contrary, bowlers are the ones who provide major breakthroughs and can shift the momentum at any given point.

With the event concluded, Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga has been the standout player of the tournament in terms of wicket-taking ability. The star spinner scalped 15 wickets at an average of 13.26. The Lankan Lions have been lucky to have him on the side as he has delivered during the crucial moments of the game with his deceptive deliveries.

England’s Sam Curran bagged the second spot after having scalped as many as 13 wickets in all his outings including the final match against Pakistan. The left-arm pacer in his very first match against Afghanistan relished a fifer and gave away mere ten runs in his 3.4 overs.

When it mattered the most in the final, Curran yet again came to the rescue and picked up three wickets against the Men in Green while giving away just 12 runs in his stipulated four overs.

The Netherlands’ Bas de Leede was phenomenal both with the bat and ball throughout the tournament. However, he racked up impressive numbers with the ball as he scalped 13 wickets and gave away only 169 runs throughout his run in the tournament. The Dutch player finished third in the list of most wickets taken in the tournament.

Blessing Muzarabani of Zimbabwe rose up the ranks and relished some wonderful outings during his stint with the national side in the tournament. As the African nation had to fight it out from the First Round, since then Muzarabani put up heroic displays and scalped as many as 12 wickets at an average of 16.58. Muzarabani took the spot just below the Dutch international with his 12 wickets in the competition.

South Africa's Anrich Nortje was phenomenal with the ball. He bowled with a lot of fire and was instrumental in helping the Proteas do exceedingly well in the matches that they won during the tournament. He thoroughly enjoyed bowling on the fast Aussie tracks and made full use of the same.

Top 5 wicket-takers of the tournament:

Name

Matches

Wickets

Average

Best Bowling

Wanindu Hasaranga (SL)

8

15

13.26 3/8
Sam Curran (ENG)

6

13

11.38 5/10
Bas de Leede (NED)

8

13 13.00 3/19
Blessing Muzarabani (ZIM)

8

12

16.58 3/23
Anrich Nortje (SA) 5 11 8.54 4/10