In earlier times, cricket used to be more batsman’s game. Bowlers were not given that support or encouragement that batsmen were given. But since the change in rules in 2014-15, bowlers received a bit of advantage so that the game could be a fair one. Since then, though, we have seen bowlers making a significant impact in the game. Even low-scoring games were a thriller as bowlers had a contest amongst themselves. They turned the game around in a few overs, or a few balls also can be taken into account.
This year proved to be a good year for the bowers altogether. With pacer going through the defences of batsmen and spinners deceiving the batsmen with their turn, bowlers did make life difficult for the batsmen. They took early wickets to get an early grip on the match and even restricted batsmen from getting to their half-centuries and tons. We list the top 5 bowlers of 2015 in One Day Internationals –
5. Steven Finn (England)
The England speedster has been the spearhead bowler for the English team. It has been just 4 years since his debut, but Finn survived all adversities including the consistent changes going on in the playing XI of Team England since the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He has been playing regularly for the last year and remains injury-free. Although he couldn’t make his mark in the recently concluded 2015 Cricket World Cup, he kept taking wickets throughout the year. Taking 31 wickets in 18 outings with a decent economy rate of 5.75, Steven Finn remains to be the lone representative from England in this list.
4. Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)
History being the proof, Pakistan has been a great producer of fast bowlers. Even with the Asian conditions not among the ideal ones for a pacer, this Asian country still manages to churn out big, fast, skillful bowlers from their stable. Wahab Riaz is one such product. With fierce pace and the ability to swing the ball both ways, he has been a complete package for a fast bowler. But at times, Riaz loses his line and length and that makes him an expensive bowler. He took 16 wickets in 7 outings in the World Cup. Summing up, he took 32 wickets in 20 matches with three 4-wicket hauls.
3. Trent Boult (New Zealand)
Trent has been running in and throwing bowls like a thunder-Boult. His sheer pace and great swing midway through the air deceive the batsmen by a wide margin. He has been rattling stumps for quite some time and 2015 has been a feasting year for this speedster. Since his introduction to the International circuit in 2012, he has been having a stop-start career but 2015 has been something different. Chucking out 37 wickets from just 17 outings he has been performing brilliantly this year. Boult played a key-role in New Zealand’s journey to the runners-up place at the Cricket World cup this year by picking up 22 wickets from 9 innings.
2. Imran Tahir (South Africa)
In a pacer-dominated list, Tahir is the lone spinner. The leg-spinner made his way through the team and cemented his place in the playing XI through his stellar performances continuously. He has been a regular in the proteas side. Although the fast and bouncy tracks in Australia and New Zealand didn’t assist him much, Tahir still managed to send 15 batsmen back to their pavilion throughout the 2015 Cricket World Cup tournament. Having two 4-wicket hauls and one 5-wicket haul, Imran managed to take 37 wickets from 22 matches in 2015.
1. Mitchell Starc (Australia)
2015 has been the year of Mitchell Starc. The left-arm speedster bowled a 160kmph delivery in a Test match and holds the record of taking most wickets in 2015 Cricket World Cup. Australia had a successful campaign at the grandest stage of cricket because of Starc’s fiery spells that gave them relatively smaller targets to chase, making them the team to beat and him, the bowler to face and hit. Starc has been taking wickets regularly throughout the year and there has been just one match where the fast bowler has gone wicket-less. With 41 wickets from 18 outings in the yellow jersey, Starc stays atop the list.