There has been so much of International cricket throughout this year. And there were many incredible performances both with the bat and the ball by players from various teams. In this year, it was seen in all forms of the game that bowlers were playing anchor role in the game. And in quite a few number of times, it was seen that the fates of matches turned a whirlwind due to some majestic bowling performances. So, in order to draw out the best bowling performances, here is the list of the highest wicket takers in International Cricket in this year so far:
1. Rangana Herath (68 wickets): Leading the chart is the spinner from Sri Lanka. He had a brilliant tour to England where he was in the nick of picking wickets. Also, he had incredible home series against South Africa and Pakistan in the last month. He went on to clinch nine wickets in a single innings of a test match against South Africa. This year is going golden for him.
2. Dale Steyn (54 wickets): The speedster from South Africa makes his spot in the second place with 54 wickets. The year started off well for him with a good home series against India. He also had good series against Australia, Sri Lanka. In the recent triangular series in Zimbabwe, his performance led South Africa to become the champions.
3. James Anderson (52): The speedster from England has been in flying form not only with the bat but also with the ball. He was deadly with his line and length in England’s home series against Sri Lanka and India and thus he remains 3rd in the list.
4. Stuart Broad (46): Another England pacer in the list. The Broad-Anderson duo proved to be more than handy for England at times. And some of his performances were indeed match winning for his team. However, due to his injuries at present, he might not carry on with further international cricket this year.
5. Mohammed Shami (45): He is one of the leading pacers of the Indian side at the moment. He led the pace attack in India’s tour to South Africa and New Zealand earlier this year. He also played an anchor role with the ball in the Asia Cup as well as in the ICC World T20. He always remained amongst wickets. But he had a lean patch recently in India’s tour to England where he did not manage to get much of success but he is sure to comeback strong soon.
6. Chris Jordan (43): The England paceman makes his place in the list. He had an outstanding series against Sri Lanka and India recently which helped him to fetch quite a few wickets to gain this spot. Also, he was sensational for England in the limited overs fixtures.
7. Lasith Malinga (41): The Sri Lankan speedster makes his place in the list due to the majestic performances he produced throughout the year. He had a major contribution with the ball in Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup win and also in Sri Lanka’s ICC World T20 win earlier this year. Even though he no longer plays test cricket, he still managed to get himself in the list.