ICC World Cup 2019: Top 5 contenders for the leading wicket-taker

ICC World Cup 2019: Top 5 contenders for the leading wicket-taker

These bowlers have the ability to punch above their weight.

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Hasan Ali of Pakistan celebrates. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

With the Top 5 contenders for the leading run-scorer in the ICC World Cup 2019 done, it’s time to move on to the bowlers’ category now. For long, cricket has been dubbed as a batsman’s game and it’s unfair on many levels. In recent times, it has been the bowlers who have done the job for their team more often than not and a famous example would be Jasprit Bumrah for India.

Bowling in a major event like a World Cup is as tough as it gets and that’s largely because a World Cup repeats itself every 4 years and the hopes of millions are resting on the players’ shoulders. While there are bound to be shockers this time around, this World Cup also promises to be memorable for 5 such bowlers who are primed to lead the bowling charts because of the form that they have been in over the past couple of years and not to forget, the quality that they possess.

Having said that, let’s have a look at the top 5 contenders for the leading wicket-taker in the ICC WC 2019.

Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Perhaps the best bowler in the world at the moment, Jasprit Bumrah had a memorable 2018. Bumrah’s unique and uncanny bowling action makes him particularly tough to face in swinging conditions. Jasprit is by far, the best death bowler in the world at the moment and that’s largely because of his accuracy and the precision with which he delivers his yorkers. Even with a short run-up Bumrah consistently clocks speeds in excess of 140+kph and is a legend in the making.

The 25-year-old has got an average of 21.01 and an economy of 4.45 in 44 ODI’s which is quite impressive for a new-ball and death-overs specialist. These figures only point towards the quality that Bumrah possesses but on his day, he’s even better and these numbers would be just a faint reflection of the world-class bowler that he truly is. Expect Bumrah to lead the bowlers’ list.