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India lifted the trophy of the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 after beating Pakistan in the sensational grand-finale. As it was the inaugural edition of the tournament, there were less expectations from the MS Dhoni-led team as the senior players had snubbed the tournament. Dhoni led the young Indian team with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Sreesanth and came out as victorious.
The ICC T20 World Cup 2007 was hosted by South Africa and 12 teams participated in it. Several memorable knocks were played and new records were formed during the tournament.
Here, in this article, we have mentioned the five bowlers who were the highest wicket takers in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007.
Pakistani cricketer Umar Gul’s weapons were the slower deliveries and yorkers which could destroy any opposition. However he didn’t gained the fame like his peers, he had a a significant influence in Pakistan’s team. Injuries also halted his career but everytime he made a strong comeback and had major contribution in his side’s winning cause.
He was the prominent bowler for his side in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 as he was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. The pacer notched up 13 wickets, which also includes one four-wicket haul, in seven matches at economy rate of 5.60 and an average of 11.92.
Australia’s former cricketer Stuart Clark didn’t have a long international career because of strong competition for a place in the team. Nevertheless, whenever given an opportunity, he gave his best to led his team to top.
In the ICC T20 World Cup 2007, he took 12 wickets in six matches at the economy rate of 12.00 and average of 6.00. He registered his best figures against Sri Lanka, picking four wickets in his four over quota at the economy rate of 5.00. However, in the semi-final against Australia, he went wicketless which costed the team as they lost the match.
Despite his skillset, he was only able to play over 70 international games across formats for Australia.
Former Indian cricketer RP Singh, who made the debut in 2005, is among the list of Indian fast bowlers who had a promising start of their career but faded away. However, he was the vital cog for the team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007.
Singh emerged as the third-highest wicket-taker in the entire competition, taking 12 wickets in 7 matches at an average of 12.66. His best figures were 4/13 in 4 overs in India’s final Super-8 stage match in which they eliminated the hosts South Africa from the tournament.
Pakistan’s greatest allrounder Shahid Afridi, who was always surrounded by age-fudging controversies till the end of his career, had a big contribution to his country’s cricket history. He didn’t led any thing affect his performance and led the team to great heights. His allrounder skills has been remarkable throughtout his illustrious career.
Afridi could speed up the innings in the middle while also demolish the opposition batting line up with googlies and off-break. In the ICC T20 World Cup 2007, he picked up 12 wickets in seven matches at an economy rate of 6.71 and average of 14.0.
Daniel Vettori had a significant contribution in New Zealand’s cricket history. He is the first left-arm spinner in cricket history to take 300+ wickets in both ODIs and Tests. Vettori also captained the team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007.
Under his captaincy, he led the team to the semi-final but could not register the victory in the semi-final against Pakistan. He was the leading wicket-taker for Blackcaps in that tournament as he picked up 11 wickets in six matches at the economy rate of 5.33 and average of 11.63.