Today we bring you the Cricketers who picked the most wickets in Champions Trophy 1998. The 1998 Champions Trophy was played during October 25- November 1, 1998 in Bangladesh, with nine teams participating, Zimbabwe crashing out in the preliminary round and remaining 8 teams played quarterfinals to pick 4 semifinalists who would then fight to enter the tournament final. South Africa & West Indies played the tournament final with South Africa winning their first Champions Trophy title. West Indies Cricketer Philo Wallace led the batting cards of the tournament edition. Here we detail the bowlers who grabbed the most wickets in Champions Trophy 1998.
5. Keith Arthurton (West Indies)
The West Indies Left arm Orthodox bowler Keith Lloyd Thomas Arthurton would pick 4 wickets from the three matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 1998 at an average of 14.25. In fact he took all these wickets a match against Pakistan, though he bowled only in two matches out of the three matches he played. His best was 4/31 against Pakistan on October 29. With these wickets, Arthurton featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 1998.
West Indies had batted first and scored 289/9 from their overs with Philo Wallace’s 79 & Shivnarine Chanderpaul‘s 49. Wasim Akram took 3 wickets while Arshad Khan & Saleem Malik took 2 wickets each. Pakistan, in reply, could only reach 259/9. Apart from Arthurton, Mervyn Dillon took 2 wickets.
4. Steve Elworthy (South Africa)
Zimbabwe born South African Cricketer Steven Elworthy would pick 4 wickets from the two matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 1998 at an average of 17.25 & strike rate of 16.5. With these wickets, Elworthy featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 1998. His best was 3/21 against England on October 25, in the first quarterfinal of the tournament.
Batting first, England had scored 281/7 with fine half-centuries from Neil Fairbrother & Skipper Adam Hollioake. Elworthy took 3 for South Africa. His team won the match by 6 wickets as the match would see Cullinan, Cronje & Rhodes scoring fine half-centuries to take the team to the semifinal.
3. Mervyn Dillon (West Indies)
The West Indies Medium Pacer would go on to take 6 wickets from the three matches he played at an average of 22.83 & strike rate of 28. With these wickets, Mervyn Dillon featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 1998. His best was 3/38 against India in the second semifinal. India had batted first and scored 242/6 with fine half-centuries from Sourav Ganguly & Robin Singh. Dillon took 3 and became man of the match as West Indies would win this match by 6 wickets. Lara & Chanderpaul scored fifties.
2. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
The Indian Cricket Legend Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar would pick 6 wickets from the two matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 1998 at an average of 11.16 & strike rate of 19.1. With these wickets, Tendulkar featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 1998. His best was 4-38 against Australia in a winning cause at the quarterfinal stage.
The match saw an all-round decimator in Sachin Tendulkar who would score runs and take wickets, both. Batting first, India scored 307/8 with Sachin’s 141 & Ajay Jadeja’s 71. Kasprowicz took 3 while Fleming took 1. Australia were bowled out for 263 despite Mark Waugh’s 74 & Ricky Ponting’s 41. Apart from Sachin’s 4, Srinath & Sunil Joshi took two wickets each for the Indians.
The South African All-rounder Jacques Kallis would pick 8 wickets from the three matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 1998 at an average of 14 & strike rate of 16. With these wickets, Kallis led the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 1998. His best was 5/30 against West Indies in the tournament final. Incidentally, he took the only 5-wicket haul of the tournament.
In the tournament final, West Indies batted first to score 245 with Philo Wallace’s 103 & Carl Hooper’s 49. Kallis took 5 while Cronje took 2. South Africa chased down the target of 246 with 4 wickets intact as Captain Cronje scored 61 not out to win the title for his team. Kallis was declared the player of the match in the final.
Only one bowler took 5-wickets haul while two bowlers took 4-wickets haul in the tournament. These were the top wicket-takers, the ones who made the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 1998. The nine teams that participated in ICC Champions Trophy 1998 were India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England, Zimbabwe & West Indies. South Africa won the tournament title under Hansie Cronje’s captaincy. Hope you liked the content, don’t shy away from asking your questions, commenting about the content.