World Test Championships 2019-21: Top 6 wicket-takers
While the inaugural World Test Championships has come to an end with the final match between India and New Zealand at Southampton won by New Zealand , it’s time to look back and take stock of the top 6 wicket-takers in the 2-year event and World Test Championships 2019-21: Top 6 wicket-takers.
R Ashwin (IND) – M: 14, Wkts: 71, SR: 46.4, Avg: 20.33
Ashwin had an excellent tour of Australia and was successful in breaking the myth that he was good at home only. After the Australian series, he simply demolished England at home with 32 wickets in the series and took 4 wickets in the final in seaming conditions to overtake Cummins as the highest wicket taker in WTC .
Pat Cummins (AUS) – M: 14, Wkts: 70, SR: 47.6, Avg: 21.02
Cummins has stamped his authority as the leading fast bowler in test cricket. He has been in the forefront as the leading fast bowler in two of Australia’s major test series in the WTC, Ashes 2019 and India v Australia 2020-21. With 70 wickets he ends at the top of the list for fast bowlers.
Stuart Broad (ENG) – M: 17, Wkts: 69, SR: 43.4, Avg: 20.08
Stuart Broad has been outstanding in the Ashes 2019 and in all the tests he played in England. He had a successful tour of South Africa too though was not at his best against India in 2021. However, he finished with 69 wickets just behind Cummins.
Tim Southee (NZ) – M: 11, Wkts: 56, SR: 46.2 , Avg: 20.82
Southee has looked ominous especially in New Zealand conditions. He looked at great rhythm and bowling accurately, got 5 wickets in the final to complete 56 wickets in the WTC event .
Nathan Lyon (AUS) – M: 14, Wkts: 56, SR: 67.5, Avg: 31.37
Lyon has worked very hard in all the tests that Australia played. However, at times he failed to take his team to a win in favourable match situations on 5th-day pitches. Still, 56 wickets in 14 tests are good statistics.
Josh Hazlewood(Aus) – M: 11, Wkts: 48, SR: 48 , Avg: 20.54
Hazlewood was been outstanding in the two major series in the WTC , the Ashes 2019 & Border- Gavaskar trophy 2020/21 which included his mindboggling 5/8 as he blew away Indian batting at Adelaide with sheer skills . He has formed a potent bowling pair with Pat Cummins which currently looks the best in the world.