World Cup 2019: 5 fastest bowlers in the tournament
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup came to an end on Sunday with England crowned the champions for the first time in their history. It was a drama-filled fitting finale to a well-contested tournament and the Three Lions emerged winners by a smallest of margins.
The game ended in a tie and the super-over finished with both teams scoring 15 runs each. In the end,the hosts were declared winners, courtesy their superior boundary count. Contrary to several predictions, this World Cup produced an even contest between bat and ball.
Fast bowlers, in particular, made a huge impact and quite a few of them cranked speeds in excess of 90 mph on a consistent basis.
Bowlers like Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Wahab Riaz, Oshane Thomas, and Mohammed Shami terrorized batsmen with serious pace and bounce on lively wickets.
On that note, let's take a look at 5 fastest bowlers in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
#5 Shannon Gabriel (West Indies)
West Indies had a tournament to forget as they finished ninth in the points table with just two wins from nine games. Though they were unlucky on occasions, they failed to play well as a unit. There were some brilliant individual performances but as a whole, they failed at critical junctures. The West Indian squad was packed with fast bowlers and Shannon Gabriel was one of them.
Gabriel played just three games in England and two them turned out to be bad for the 31-year-old seamer as he finished with just two wickets. However, there was no shortage of pace from the tall pacer. Gabriel produced some fiery spells but was inconsistent with his line and length. His fastest ball was clocked at 150 kph in the World Cup.
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#4 Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)
The 28-year-old pace sensation was brilliant in the tournament and formed a deadly combination with Trent Boult and Matt Henry. Lockie Ferguson picked up 21 wickets in the World Cup at an economy of less than five an over. He bowled with searing pace and made critical breakthroughs in the middle overs. His bouncers troubled some of the best batsmen in the tournament and he consistently clocked speeds of over 90 kph.
#3 Jofra Archer (England)
Jofra Archer finished as the third highest wicket-taker in the mega event with 20 scalps from 11 outings. He made a huge difference to the title-winning English side and was their X-factor with the ball. He picked up wickets with the new ball and troubled batsmen in the death overs with his variations. He bowled over 150 kph on numerous occasions and was ruthless throughout the World Cup. His fastest delivery was clocked at 154 kph.
#2 Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Mitchell Starc is arguably the fastest bowler in world cricket at the moment. He once clocked 160.4 kph a test match against New Zealand at Perth. Starc made his comeback into the team just before the start of the World Cup. Known for constantly hitting speeds of over 150 kph, Starc once again showed that he is at the top when it comes to raw pace. Starc's fastest delivery at the World Cup was registered at 154 kph. The 29-year-old finished as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 27 wickets in 10 games.
#1 Mark Wood (England)
In a career marred with injuries, English fast bowler Mark Wood defied all odds to become a World Cup winner with England. Wood bowled well throughout the tournament and troubled batsmen with his genuine pace. He picked up wickets 18 wickets in 10 games at an economy rate of 5.16. The 29-year-old bowled a 154 kph (95.7 mph) delivery to New Zealand's Henry Nicholls in the final on Sunday at Lord's.