Imran Tahir Becomes Leading Wicket-Taker For South Africa CWC History

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Imran Tahir Becomes The Leading Wicket-Taker For South Africa In CWC History 

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Imran Tahir Becomes The Leading Wicket-Taker For South Africa In CWC History
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On Sunday (23rd June), the leg-spinner Imran Tahir created a new Cricket World Cup record for his team South Africa during their match against Pakistan. The 40-year-old leg-spinner is now the most wicket-taker for South Africa in Cricket World Cup history.

South Africa and Pakistan both are struggling in the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. So, it is a crucial match for both teams who are competing at Lord’s (London). After Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed decided to bat first, they managed a good first innings total of 308/7 (50 overs).

During that innings, South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir delivered the best performance for his team. In that innings, Tahir had the bowling figures of 10-0-41-2. Coming to bowl first time in this match in the 15th over of Pakistan’s innings, Tahir broke the 81-run opening partnership in that over after dismissing Fakhar Zaman (44 runs).

Imran Tahir, South Africa, Cricket World Cup
Imran Tahir (Image Credit: Getty Images)

During his fourth over of this match (21st over of that innings), Tahir caught & bowled another opener Imam-ul-Haq (44 runs).

The senior South African leg-spinner has now taken 39 wickets in Cricket World Cup

After dismissing Fakhar Zaman, Tahir became the joint most CWC wicket-taker for South Africa. With that wicket, he levelled the CWC wicket tally of the former South African fast bowler Allan Donald, who bagged 38 CWC wickets.

Imran Tahir, South Africa, Cricket World Cup
Allan Donald (Image Credit: Google)

Later, Tahir becomes the leading CWC wicket-taker for South Africa after dismissing Imam-ul-Haq that helped him to surpass Allan Donald’s 38 CWC wickets tally.

After the end of that Pakistan innings, Tahir has taken 39 wickets in his 20 CWC matches.

Top five most wicket-takers for South Africa in Cricket World Cup

Player Matches (Innings) Wickets Best Bowling In An Innings Average 4wks/5wks
Imran Tahir 20 (19) 39 5/45 19.28 4/1
Allan Donald 25 (25) 38 4/17 24.02 2/0
Shaun Pollock 31 (31) 31 5/36 31.29 0/1
Morne Morkel 14 (14) 26 3/33 19.46 0/0
Dale Steyn 14 (14) 23 5/50 23.39 0/1

(Stats updated till 23rd June 2019)

At present, Imran Tahir is the eighth most wicket-taker in CWC history

As a spin bowler, Tahir is the second most wicket-taker in Cricket World Cup history. Only the former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is ahead of Tahir in this list with a whopping 68 CWC wickets. The former New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori is in the third position in this list with 36 CWC wickets.

In overall, Imran Tahir is now in the eighth position to pick up most wickets in Cricket World Cup history.

Top 10 most wicket-takers in Cricket World Cup

Player (Team) Matches (Innings) Wickets Best Bowling In An Innings Average 4wks/5wks
Glenn McGrath (Australia) 39 (39) 71 7/15 18.19 0/2
Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) 40 (39) 68 4/19 19.63 4/0
Wasim Akram (Pakistan) 38 (36) 55 5/28 23.83 2/1
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) 26 (25) 51 6/38 21.50 2/1
Chaminda (Vaas) 31 (31) 49 6/25 21.22 1/1
Zaheer Khan (India) 23 (23) 44 4/42 20.22 1/0
Javagal Srinath (India) 34 (33) 44 4/30 27.81 2/0
Imran Tahir (South Africa) 20 (19) 39 5/45 19.28 4/1
Allan Donald (South Africa) 25 (25) 38 4/17 24.02 2/0
Mitchell Starc (Australia) 14 (14) 37 6/28 14.27 2/2

(Stats updated till 23rd June 2019)

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