Today we bring you the Cricketers who picked the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2000. The 2000 Champions Trophy was played during October 3- 15, 2000 in Kenya, with eleven teams participating, Zimbabwe, Kenya & West Indies 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. India & New Zealand played the tournament final with New Zealand winning their first Champions Trophy title. Indian Cricketer Sourav Ganguly led the batting cards of the tournament edition. Here we detail the bowlers who grabbed the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2000.
5. Shayne O’Connor (New Zealand)
The New Zealand Left-Arm Medium Pace Bowler would pick 5 wickets from the three matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2000 at an average of 20.60. In fact he took all these wickets a match against Pakistan on October 11. With these wickets, O’Connor featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2000. Pakistan won the toss but were bowled out for 252 as they batted first. O’Connor was the destroyer in chief with the 5 wickets while Nathan Astle took two wickets. New Zealand won the match by 4 wickets.
4. Anil Kumble (India)
The Indian Leg Spinner Anil Kumble would pick 6 wickets from the four matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2000 at an average of 24.50 & strike rate of 36. With these wickets, Kumble featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2000. His best was 2/22 against Kenya in the Pre-quarterfinal on October 3.
Batting first, the Kenyan team scored 208/9 with fine half centuries from Ravi Shah and Maurice Odumbe. Zaheer took 3 while Agarkar, Kumble & took two wickets each. One interesting feature of his bowling was his economy rate as he had the best economy rate in a 10 overs spell he delivered. He was chosen the player of the match. India won the match by 8 wickets.
3. Zaheer Khan (India)
The Indian Left arm medium pacer would go on to take 7 wickets from the four matches he played at an average of 24.14 & strike rate of 27.4. With these wickets, Zaheer Khan featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2000. His best was 3/48 against Kenya in the same pre-quarterfinal match that India won by 8 wickets.
2. Azhar Mahmood (Pakistan)
The Pakistan All rounder would pick 7 wickets from the two matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2000 at an average of 16.71 & strike rate of 17.1. With these wickets, Azhar Mahmood featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2000. His best was 4-38 against New Zealand in a losing cause at the semifinal stage. Pakistan were bowled out for 252 after toss. Mahmood took 4 and Saqlain Mushtaq took one but they couldn’t stop New Zealand from conquering the target and hence setting the title clash against India.
1. Venkatesh Prasad (India)
The Indian Medium Pacer BK Venkatesh Prasad would pick 8 wickets from the three matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2000 at an average of 21.37 & strike rate of 24.5. With these wickets, Venkatesh Prasad led the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2000. His best was 3/27 against New Zealand in the title clash on October 15.
In the tournament final, India had batted first after losing the toss to score 264/6 with Sourav Ganguly’s 117 & Sachin Tendulkar’s 69. Scott Styris took 2 while Geoff Allott & Nathan Astle took a wicket each. The Kiwi team chased down the target in the last over despite Prasad’s 3 and Anil Kumble’s 2. All-rounder Chris Cairns scored 102 not out.
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 2000. The eleven teams that participated in ICC Champions Trophy 2000 were India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Bangladesh & West Indies. New Zealand won the tournament title under Stephen Fleming’s captaincy. Hope you liked the content, don’t shy away from asking your questions, commenting about the content.