Today we bring you the cricketers who picked the most wickets in T20 World Cup 2014. The 2014 Expedition of the T20 World Cup took place in Bangladesh. With Asian conditions on offer, a high amount of runs were scored in the tournament compared to the ones that had taken place previously. With batting pitches offering low amounts of bounce, swing and seam movement, the batsmen we’re comfortable negotiating the ball and sending it flying to all corners of the ground.
However, the pitches were a spinner’s paradise with the ball turning and gripping after the completion of the halfway stage of the innings. The majority of the wickets that fell in the tournament were claimed by the spinners- both finger and wrist spinners. Here is a list of the five cricketers who registered themselves on the most wickets in T20 World Cup 2014.
5. Amit Mishra (India)
There has seldom been a spinner who has come with as much promise as Amit Mishra. Upon arriving into the scene, the world took notice of this diminutive right arm leg spinner who could turn the ball an arms-length and could unsettle even the best of the batsmen. However, he was not able to reiterate the promise that initially showed and became a second option for the Indian team quite early in his career.
Mishra showed his talent and potential in this particular tournament as he troubled numerous batsmen and picked up 10 wickets in 6 matches for India. Among the list of the most wickets in T20 World Cup 2014.
4. Ravichandran Ashwin (India)
If there is one spinner in Indian Cricket who has had as much impact on the outcome of again as Anil Kumble has had is Ravichandran Ashwin. With almost 400 wickets in his kitty, he has already become one of India’s highest-ever wicket-takers. Ashwin was simply unplayable on Spin friendly wickets.
With his clever variations, deceiving doosra ( or the carrom ball as he liked to call it) and an ability to stem the flow of runs Ashwin was a vital part of any setup. His height gave him the distinct advantage of bowling into the rough and turning the ball precariously, often making it difficult for the batsman to orient his strategy and hit through the line.
Ashwin was a miserly bowler not known for giving away too many loose balls. During the campaign, he picked up 11 wickets in 6 matches and emerged as the highest wicket-taker for India. He picked up a four-wicket haul against Bangladesh in the Super 10 stage. Among the list of the most wickets in T20 World Cup 2014.
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3. Samuel Badree (West Indies)
The leg spinner from West Indies was one of the star attractions of T20 cricket. With immaculate line and length, prodigious turn, and an ability to entice the batsman, Badree was a potent weapon for West Indies in the shortest format of the game. During the campaign, he emerged as the highest wicket-taker for his team.
Badree picked up 11 wickets in 5 matches at a fairly decent economy rate. He also picked up a four-wicket haul against Bangladesh where he gave away only 15 runs and picked up the all-important Bangladesh wickets to stem their run flow. Among the list of the most wickets in T20 World Cup 2014.
2. Ahsan Malik (Netherlands)
The Netherlands emerged as the odd underdogs of the tournament and surprised one and all with their consistent showing. With Tom Cooper, Ryan Ten Doschata, and Stephan Myburgh anchoring the batting department, they were ably supported by the performances of Ahsan Malik. The little known right-arm medium-fast bowler picked up 12 wickets in 7 innings in the tournament.
His best cane against South Africa where he recorded a 5 wicket haul conceding only 19 runs. It became the second-best bowling figures of the tournament as is one of the finest spells in the history of the tournament till date. Among the list of the most wickets in T20 World Cup 2014.
1. Imran Tahir (South Africa)
The wily leg spinner born with Asian origin had become a vital cog in South Africa’s scheme of things. His varieties with the ball, his change of pace, and his variations would deceive even the best batsmen of spin. Tahir had an unusual acumen to bowl googlies very frequently. He would mix that up with an occasional flipper to confuse the batsmen. His outrageous celebrations after picking up the wickets, running wildly across the ground with his arms outstretched had become one of the most popular sights in world cricket.
During the tournament, Tahir featured in 5 innings for South Africa and picked up a staggering 12 wickets to emerge as the highest wicket-taker of the tournament. His best performance came against the Netherlands in Chattogram stadium where he picked up 4 wickets conceding only 21 runs in his allotted quota of 4 overs. Led the list of the most wickets in T20 World Cup 2014.
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