Today we bring you the Cricketers who picked the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2002. The 2002 Champions Trophy was played during September 12- 30, 2002 in Sri Lanka, with twelve teams participating, 4 groups were created and round robin matches in group teams would give the table toppers, the 4 semifinalists who would then fight to enter the tournament final. India & Sri Lanka played the tournament final both teams jointly winning their first Champions Trophy title as rain would wash out the final. Indian Cricketer Virender Sehwag led the batting cards of the tournament edition. Here we detail the bowlers who grabbed the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2002.
5. Shane Bond (New Zealand)
The New Zealand Fast Bowler Shane Edward Bond would pick 6 wickets from the two matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2002 at an average of 14.00.With these wickets, Shane Bond featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2002. His best was 4/21 against Bangladesh on September 23. New Zealand had batted first and scored 244/9 with Mathew Sinclair’s 70. Mohammad Ashraful (3), Khaled Mahmud (2), Manjurul Islam (2) & Mohammad Rafique (1) were the wicket-takers for Bangladesh. The Asian country got bowled out for 77 with Bond (4), Jacob Oram (2), Kyle Mills (2) & Daniel Vettori (2) featuring in wickets card.
4. Douglas Hondo (Zimbabwe)
The Zimbabwe Cricketer Douglas Tafadzwa Hondo would pick 8 wickets from the two matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2002 at an average of 24.50 & strike rate of 36. With these wickets, Hondo featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2002. His best was 4/45 against England on September 18. Batting first, the England team scored 298/8 with Marcus Trescothick’s 119, & Nasser Hussain’s 75. Douglas Hondo (4), Heath Streak (2) & Grant Flower (2) were the wicket-takers. Zimbabwe, in reply, could manage 190/9 only despite Andy Flower’s 44 & Heath Streak’s 50 not out.
3. Glenn McGrath (Australia)
The Australian Pace Ace would pick 8 wickets from the two matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2002 at an average of 11.87 & strike rate of 18.7. With these wickets, Glenn McGrath featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2002. His best was 5/37 against arch-rivals New Zealand on September 15. Australia had batted first in his best bowling figures match and scored 296/7 with Damien Martyn’s 73 and contributions from Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting & Darren Lehmann. Shane Bond & Jacob Oram took 2 wickets each. New Zealand, in reply, were bowled out for 132. McGrath’s 5 & Brett Lee’s 3 wickets hauls were major destroyer of this chase.
2. Zaheer Khan (India)
The Indian Left arm medium pacer would go on to take 8 wickets from the four matches he played at an average of 24.87 & strike rate of 36. With these wickets, Zaheer Khan featured in the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2002. His best was 4/45 against Zimbabwe on September 14. Batting first, India were helped by an inspired innings of Mohammed Kaif to took them to 288/6 after a slump of 5/87. Only Sehwag (48) had shown some resistance to the Zimbabwe bowlers, apart form Kaif. Zimbabwe, led from the front by their star batsman Andy Flower (145), could reach only 274/8. Zaheer’s 4, Tendulkar’s 2 & Kumble’s 1 made sure that Flower had had the support for this chase.
The Sri Lankan Spin Legend would pick 10 wickets from the five matches he played in the ICC Champions Trophy 2002 at an outstanding average of 7 & strike rate of 15.1. With these wickets, Muralitharan led the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2002. His best was 4/15 against Netherlands on September 16.
In his best bowling figures match, Sri Lanka had batted first to score 292/6 with Marvan Atapattu’s 101. Roland Lefebvre & Adeel Raja dismissed two batsmen each. Minnows Netherlands were bowled out for 86 while on chase and credit goes to Muralitharan’s 4 for, Dharmasena & Gunaratne’s 2 for and 1 wicket each of Vaas & Fernando.
Only one bowler took 5-wickets haul while seven bowlers took 4-wickets hauls in the tournament. These were the top wicket-takers, the ones who made the top 5 list of the most wickets in Champions Trophy 2002. The twelve teams that participated in ICC Champions Trophy 2002 were India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Bangladesh, West Indies & Netherlands. The ICC Champions Trophy got their first set of joint winners in India & Sri Lanka, with rains playing spoilsport with the title ambition of the two finalists. Hope you liked the content, don’t shy away from asking your questions, commenting about the content.