Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024

This bowler rules the T20 World Cup, average-economy is unmatched, has taken the most wickets twice


New Delhi. As the date of ICC T20 World Cup 2024 approaches, speculations have started about the winning team. The 9th edition of the T20 World Cup will begin on June 1 with the match between America and Canada. Even though teams from outside Asia have become champions 5 times in the 8 seasons of the tournament so far, Asian players have dominated in both the bowling and batting departments. There are 4 players from Asia among the top 5 batsmen of the tournament. Such is their dominance in the bowling department and among the top 5 bowlers who have taken the most wickets, all are from Asia.

Among the batsmen who have scored the most runs in the T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli (1141 runs) is first, Mahela Jayawardene (1016 runs) is second, Chris Gayle (965 runs) is third, Rohit Sharma (963 runs) is fourth and Tillakaratne Dilshan (897 runs) is fifth. Are in place. Similarly, among the bowlers who took the most wickets, Shakib Al Hasan (47 wickets) was first, Shahid Afridi (39 wickets) was second, Lasith Malinga (38 wickets) was third, Saeed Ajmal (36 wickets) was fourth and Ajanta Mendis was fifth and Umar Gul was sixth. But are. Both Mendis and Gul have 35-35 wickets but the Sri Lankan spinner with a better bowling average has been placed above Gul. This dominance of bowlers does not end here. Asia’s R. Ashwin (32 wickets) and Wanindu Hasaranga (31 wickets) are in possession. If we look at these bowlers, one thing can be clearly understood that in the T20 World Cup, the Sri Lankans have left a special impression amidst the dominance of spin bowlers over fast bowlers. Among these bowlers, only two (Lasith Malinga and Umar Gul) are fast bowlers.

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Hasaranga shines in average, economy and strike rate

In this ‘race’ of bowlers, even though Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan is on top in terms of wickets, but in terms of bowling average, economy and strike rate (scale of 25 or more wickets), no one can match Sri Lankan wrist spinner Wanindu Hasaranga. Not around. This leg break bowler, who played in the T20 World Cup 2021 and 2022, has taken 31 wickets in just 16 matches. The interesting thing is that during this period he did not have any 4 or 5 wicket haul. This shows his excellent performance in every match.

Not only this, Hasaranga has taken these wickets at an average of 11.45, economy of 5.81 and strike rate of 11.80. He has given a little more than 11 runs for every wicket in the T20 World Cup, has conceded less than 6 runs per over and has taken a wicket almost every 12 balls. Giving less than six runs in every over in T20I, which is called a batsman’s game, is really a big achievement. West Indies’ Samuel Badree (5.52 economy) and South Africa’s Enrique Norkia (bowling average 9.90, economy 5.37 and strike rate 11.05) are definitely better than Hasaranga in this matter, but both of them have not only bowled less overs than Hasaranga but also bowled a minimum of 25 overs. Doesn’t even live up to the standards of the wicket.

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He was the bowler taking the most wickets both times
Hasaranga has so far participated in the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cups and in both, he became the highest wicket-taker. In the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he took 16 wickets (best 3/9) in 8 matches at an average of 9.75, economy of 5.20 and strike rate of 11.2, whereas in 8 matches of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, 15 wickets at an average of 13.26, economy of 6.41 and strike rate of 12.4 (best 3/8). Not only this, Hasaranga has also scored 144 runs in 16 matches of T20 World Cup at a strike rate of 126.31. During this period, 71 runs has been his highest score.

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26 year old Hasaranga’s T20I bowling records are also very impressive. So far in 65 T20Is, he has taken 104 wickets at an average of 15.56 (best 4/9). During this period his economy was 6.84 and strike rate was 13.6. Twice he has taken four wickets in an innings. Hasaranga is among the few bowlers in the world who have taken hat-tricks in both ODI and T20I. He scored a hat-trick in T20 format against South Africa in the T20 World Cup of the year 2021 itself. He has also scored 650 runs (strike rate 130.52) in T20I with the help of two half-centuries.

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Hasaranga is the captain of Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup 2024
Star spinner Hasaranga has been made the captain of the Sri Lankan team in the T20 World Cup 2024. He has recently recovered from a heel injury. Due to this injury he had to withdraw from IPL 2024. Sunrisers Hyderabad had bought Hasaranga for a sum of Rs 1.5 crore in the auction held in December 2023 but he had to be ruled out due to injury. Let us tell you, the Sri Lankan team has become the T20 World Cup champion by defeating India in the year 2014, whereas in 2009 and 2012, the team had to face defeat in the finals at the hands of Pakistan and West Indies respectively.

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