Which Bowler Will Be The Leading Wicket-Taker At 2019 World Cup?

By Dhanu Delphi on July 5, 2019

One of the bets that cricket bettors can wager on is the top World Cup wicket taker at this year’s contest. All of the top sportsbooks including William Hill and Bet365 have odds on the bowler who will finish with the most wickets at the 2019 ICC World Cup.

English Conditions Favour Fast Bowling

They say that ODI cricket is a batsman’s game because just about everything is in their favour. However, this World Cup has brought about a nice balance between ball and bat. This has then made things more interesting for fans as the World Cup has progressed.

One of the key factors that have helped even the balance between ball and bat are the English conditions. It is no secret that spinners usually struggle in England, while fast bowlers tend to do a lot better as the conditions favour swing and seam.

This is why the top World Cup wicket takers so far have been the fast men. The bowlers who can send down rockets in excess of 145kmph have tended to be the ones who have taken the most wickets.

Betting Odds On Top World Cup Wicket Taker

There are still four matches left in the World Cup before we get to the semi-finals. That latter will take place on July 7 and July 9. The bookies currently have Australia’s Mitchell Starc with the best odds (1.04) to finish as the top World Cup wicket taker.

India‘s Jasprit Bumrah who started the tournament as the number one ICC ODI bowler has odds of (19) followed by Mohammed Shami (21). India have made it to the semi-finals and both bowlers will be looking to add more wickets to their tally.

English bowlers Jofra Archer (26) and Mark Wood (26) have been lethal with their pace and bounce. England, who qualified for the semis on July 3 after beating New Zealand, will hope both M Wood and J Archer continue to pick up wickets and take them to the finals.

Pakistan have an outside chance of making it to the semi-finals. They know that they need to win their next game against Bangladesh on July 5 or they will be out of the competition. They have depended heavily on Mohammed Amir (26) to lead their attack and pick up wickets when the rest of their bowlers have struggled.

The Kiwis will most likely be the fourth team to qualify for the semis. They are in a spot of bother as they lost their last three games. However, their poor performance is more due to the failure of their batsmen than their bowlers. They depend heavily on Lockie Ferguson (34) and the experienced Trent Boult (34).

Number Of Wickets In The Tournament

As of July 4, M Starc is the top World Cup wicket taker with 24 wickets in 8 matches. The Aussie quick has been at his devastating best bowling, too. This includes bowling unplayable yorkers and cleaning up both the top order and the tail. He will continue to be the key bowler for Australia and should finish as the leading World Cup wicket taker. After all, there is a huge difference between him and the rest of the pack.

In second place is L Ferguson from New Zealand. Very few would have picked him to be one of the key bowlers at the World Cup. Nevertheless, his pace and bounce have been very effective for the Kiwis. Admittedly, Ferguson missed out on the last game against England due to injury. However, he still has 17 wickets from 7 matches.

J Archer from England also has 17 wickets but from 9 games so he sits in third place. M Amir is in fourth place with 16 wickets and will look to add to that against Bangladesh.

In order to catch-up with M Starc and surpass him, they will have to hope that M Starc has a couple of poor games. Meanwhile, they will also need to take a fifer in their next game to bridge the gap!