For the second consecutive edition, Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka topped the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup wicket rankings.
Wanindu Hasaranga – 15 wickets
Hasaranga finished with one less wicket than in 2021 but again led the bowlers standings with 15 wickets in the tournament, including a best of 3/8. Averaging 13.26 in the tournament, Hasaranga has been a big presence for Sri Lanka throughout their T20 World Cup campaign.
Lower Leede – 13 wickets
De Leede excelled late in the innings with his average pace and finished with 13 wickets at a tournament average of 13.0. His save rate of 7.68 also showed that he played a good supporting role to the Netherlands’ impressive pace attack.
Sam Curran – 13 wickets
Player of the Tournament Sam Curran finished with 13 wickets, five of them in a single match where he recorded the first five-wicket run by an England player in the men’s T20Is. Curran won 3/12 in the final at the MCG, dismissing Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood and Mohammad Nawaz in a brilliant spell.
Muzarabani Blessing – 12 wickets
Returning from injury, Blessing Muzarabani was a standout bowler for Zimbabwe, finishing with 12 wickets in the tournament at an average of 16.58. His best came against Ireland when he went 3/23 in a spell that took Zimbabwe to a 31-point victory.
Anrich Nortje – 11 wickets
The choice of South Africa’s excellent paced attack, Nortje finished with 11 wickets in the tournament, testing batters with his pace and bouncing back from hard Australian wickets. His 4/10 against Bangladesh and 1/10 against the Netherlands were among the two most economical on four occasions in this edition of the T20 World Cup. He won another four-wicket run, against Pakistan, in the tournament as his pace caused problems.
Shaheen Afridi – 11 wickets
Shaheen Afridi showed signs of returning to his best form in the warm-up match against Afghanistan but went without a wicket against India and Zimbabwe. He reversed his performances from there with periods of 3/14 (against South Africa), 4/22 (against Bangladesh), 2/24 (against New Zealand in the semi-finals) and 1 /13 in the final. Shaheen’s injury in 16th place in the final may have turned his back on England.
Shadab Khan – 11 wickets
While Shadab’s superlative shot against South Africa was probably one of the best individual performances of the tournament, he was also exceptional with the ball, recording a save rate of 6.34 with the ball while catching 11 counters. The Pakistani leader was in his element in the tournament and stood out with his much improved control.
Josh Little – 11 wickets
A hat-trick was the icing on the cake for an excellent T20 World Cup for Ireland’s fast left arm. Little collected wickets from Kane Williamson, Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner to register a hat-trick in the Super 12 game against New Zealand. Overall, he leaked runs at an economy rate of just seven more runs while finishing the tournament with 11 wickets.
Paul van Meekeren – 11 wickets
Exceptional in his control and movement, van Meekeren was one of many impressive rapids for the Netherlands at this year’s T20 World Cup. He won two wickets each against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, but his best came in Adelaide where his 3/29 helped the Netherlands eliminate Zimbabwe for 117.
Arshdeep Singh – 10 wickets
Impressive with the new ball and in the death overs, Arshdeep Singh was a strong presence in India’s bowling attack. His outstanding spells against South Africa and Pakistan gave India a spirited debut with the ball. He went wicketless in just one match (against England in the semi-finals) and showed immense signs of becoming India’s go-to bowler in this format for the next few years.
Sikandar Raza – 10 wickets
With a newly learned bag of tricks up his sleeve, Sikandar Raza added to his batting value with a stellar performance on the ball. His best came against Pakistan when he turned things around by sending Shadab Khan and Haider Ali back on successive balls. Overall, Raza took 10 wickets at an average of 15.6, conceding runs just 6.5 runs per over.
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