ICC Cricket World Cup - Top 10 highest wicket-takers and who will top the table?

England's Jofra Archer celebrates taking the wicket of Afghanistan's Rahmat Shah
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As the temperature soars, the English pitches become dryer, the ball refuses to deviate and batsmen become more and more assertive by the minute, it will definitely be a challenge for the bowlers to labour and come up with something extraordinary in this ICC Cricket World Cup.

Since 2015, a total of 300 runs have been crossed a mind-boggling 29 times in England, with the hosts doing it 22 times themselves. A staggering 734 runs were scored in England's recent ODI against Pakistan in Southampton itself. With runs so easy to come by, the role of the bowlers becomes all-the-more important as almost every other team has destructive batsmen, but it is the bowlers who will prove to be the real differentiators.

1) Jasprit Bumrah (India)

From Jeff Thomson to Sachin Tendulkar, the cricketing world is full of applause for Jasprit Bumrah. He is one of the few bowlers who has garnered so much praise in such a short span.

His unorthodox action and rapid pace make him a wicket-taking option. The slinger is good both at the top of the order and in the middle but his true class is on display in the slog overs, when he is a figure of calm and delivers nine times out of 10.

2) Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)

Comparing Kagiso Rabada to Mitchell Starc and Jasprit Bumrah, one feels that Rabada has a conventional and classic run-up, which will impart longevity to his game.

Rabada has pace and the ability to bowl yorkers at will. No matter how much the game progresses, the yorker is one delivery which troubles even the best in the business. His awkward bounce off the length also creates trouble for the batters.

3) Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

Rashid Khan's ability of doing magic with the ball has been seen and well appreciated across T20 leagues over the world. He has done well against international sides as well.

However, Rashid's real test will come when he faces the best batters from all over the world. That said, with the ability that he possesses, there is little doubt that he will raise the bar and will continue to be a menace for the opposition.

4) Jofra Archer (England)

After a round of yes or no, yes or no, the English team management has finally decided to include Jofra Archer in their World Cup squad, unfortunately at the cost of David Willey. However, from a pure cricketing sense, it is the right call.

Archer has all the facets of an international pacer. He has the pace, the control and the variations and can bowl at the top, in the middle and at the death. A complete death bowler was something England had been looking for a long time and Archer will turn out to be a real game-changer on that front.

5) Adam Zampa (Australia)

When you think of Australia, you think of someone like a Pat Cummins or a Mitchell Starc, tearing away into the batters and compelling them to make mistakes. However, one believes that with the dry pitches and spin on offer, the leg spin of Adam Zampa will prove to be a handful.

Zampa has grown as a spinner in recent times and now has the temperament and the variations to fox the batsmen. He is expected not only to be economical but to be a big wicket-taking option for Australia in the middle overs. You can check out the sports betting promotions to see where they think he will end up in the bowler’ table. Like bet365 has an odd of 4.5/1 for Zampa to be the Australia’s best bowler in a match. Australia will start their world cup campaign against Afghanistan on 1st June. Australia holds the upper hand against them and the odd shows. Unibet has 1/12 for an Australian win and 13/2 if Afghanistan wins. Adam Zampa is expected to play a big role as a legspinner in the match. Bookies can find similar betting offers on Freebets.co.uk like bet £5 get £30 in free bets by BetVictor or bet £10 get £10 by Karamba free bets.

 

6) Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)

New Zealand obviously have Trent Boult who will perform well, but Lockie Ferguson is their x-factor. Ferguson has the ability to crank it up to 150 kmph and has a wide range including a variety of bouncers, yorkers and other change-ups.

No matter how flat the pitches are, there is no alternative to pace, for it plants the seed of doubt in the batsman's mind, and Ferguson has that in abundance.

 

7) Hasan Ali (Pakistan)

Like all Pakistani bowlers who got a beating in the recently concluded five-match ODI series against England, Hasan Ali also went for runs but relatively less as compared to his fellow bowlers.

Ali still showed a glimmer of his wicket-taking ability in the series. What goes in his favour is that he has the ability to ball with the old ball and is a good reader of the game. Along with the experienced Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, Ali would be one of the prime bowlers for Pakistan.

 

8) Rubel Hossain (Bangladesh)

A lot of Bangladeshi bowlers, especially pacers, are plagued by injuries. Taskin Ahmed was side-lined from the squad due to an injury. Mustafizur Rahman has just recovered from an ankle sprain. Out of all the Bangladeshi pacers, Rubel Hossain is the one who has an unorthodox slinging action and can reverse the ball.

 

Hossain is a rhythm bowler and if he gets going, he has the capability to taking two or three wickets in a short period, enough to change the course of the match.

 

9) Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

There is hardly any doubt that Lasith Malinga will be playing his last World Cup. Contrary to the saying, never write off a champion, some of us made the mistake of thinking that he is already well beyond his prime.

However, Malinga sprung up a surprise in the recently concluded IPL and the preceding ODI series. Malinga showed that he still has some cricket left in him and few can match his ability at the death.

 

10) Shannon Gabriel (West Indies)

West Indies have some serious pace bowlers in their line-up. Apart from captain Jason Holder who relies on line and length, the likes of Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel and Sheldon Cottrell can all generate some serious heat.

Shannon Gabriel is a complete bowler and his exploits in the longer format are widely known. With 31 wickets from 22 ODIs, Gabriel is no spring chicken and understands the requirements of the 50-over format. Pace, movement and consistency are Gabriel's biggest assets.

So, who is going to be the top wicket taker in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019? - Adam Zampa (Australia) and you can follow all the action at our Cricket World Live centre.

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