Team-wise one bowler who can be the leading wicket-taker in T20 WC 2021
There’s a clear sample space of statistics to rely on, so it becomes much easier to choose.
Updated - Dec 19, 2020 6:34 pm
The countdown to the next edition of the World T20 has begun. Teams have already started identifying their best playing XIs ahead of the T20 mega-event that’s scheduled to be held in late October in India next year.
Keeping the sub-continental conditions in mind, most teams will be eager to identify their best bowling attack for the tournament. There are several parameters to chose from- fitness, availability, and form being a few of them.
But the more convenient approach revolves around identifying which bowlers can be the most efficient wicket-takers. There’s a clear sample space of statistics to rely on, so it becomes much easier to choose.
With that in mind, here’s an analysis on which bowler can be the leading wicket-taker for their respective country in the upcoming ICC World T20 2021.
1. India: Jasprit Bumrah
Hosts India will start with an obvious advantage of playing in home conditions, which will further buoy the quality of their star-studded bowling attack. There are several contenders to choose from as the team’s leading wicket-taker. But in the end, Jasprit Bumrah gets the nod ahead of the others owing to his consistency.
A mainstay in the Indian bowling line-up, ‘Boom-Boom’ Bumrah’s credentials in the shortest format paint quite a compelling picture as to why he’s one of the GOAT pacers of his time. In 49 matches, Bumrah has scalped 59-wickets at an economy of 6.67 runs per over. His knack of picking up key wickets at the death makes him the unrivalled strike bowler of the Indian team.
Bumrah’s well-rounded stats in international cricket are further backed up by his strong IPL record. The 27-year-old veteran MI pacer has claimed 109 wickets from 92 appearances.
India’s gripping and slower pitches align well with Boom-Boom’s yorker and slower-yorker oriented bowling style. Taking all these aforementioned factors into account, one can quite expect Bumrah to shoulder the bulk of India’s wicket-picking duties.
Other players to watch out for: Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar