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World Test Championship – Top Ten Bowling Strike Rates

Top Bowling Strike Rate in World Test Championship

The bowlers have had a huge impact on the World Test Championship (WTC). Bowlers in WTC are looking to improve their strike rate even more than their average. The number of wicket-taking bowlers has increased largely since the inception of WTC. As each game in the championship is important, it becomes all the more imperative for the sides to bowl out the opposition. Let us look at Top Bowling Strike Rate in World Test Championship in detail.

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We look at the top ten bowling strike rates in WTC:

[Qualification criteria – minimum 50 wickets]

#10 Mitchell Starc – 49.1

He is a proven match-winner. Mitchell Starc might be expensive but his wicket-taking abilities always keep him in the game. Starc has played 24 Tests in WTC so far picking 93 wickets at an impressive strike rate of 49.1.

#9 Jasprit Bumrah – 48.7

He has been one of India’s major weapons overseas in the WTC. Jasprit Bumrah had a rare bad game unfortunately in the 2021 WTC finals. He has picked 79 wickets in 20 Tests at a solid strike rate of 48.7.

#8 Pat Cummins – 47.5

He held onto the number 1 ranking in Tests for a significant period of time. Pat Cummins has been one of the standout bowlers in both the WTC cycles. He has picked 123 wickets at a fine strike rate of 47.5.

#7 Stuart Broad – 47

His second-innings spell against New Zealand showed how good Stuart Broad is on his day. The seamer has shown a big heart despite a few series not going his way. He has picked up 112 wickets in 28 Tests at a strike rate of 47.

#6 Ravichandran Ashwin – 46.2

He has been India’s highest wicket-taker in the WTC. Ravichandran Ashwin has picked 121 wickets in 25 Tests at a strike rate of 46.2. He is the only spinner on this pacers dominant list. Ashwin is within touching distance of becoming the world’s number 1 ranked bowler in Tests again.

#5 Ollie Robinson – 46.1

He has been a great find for England. Ollie Robinson has had a terrific start to his Test career. He has picked 53 wickets in just 13 games at a strike rate of 461.

#4 Anrich Nortje – 45

He was the lone bright spot for South Africa in the bowling department in the series against Australia. Anrich Nortje is the fastest bowler in the world currently. He has picked up 64 wickets in 18 Tests at a brilliant strike rate of 45.

#3 Mohammad Shami – 43.6

He is the top Indian bowler on this list. Mohammad Shami’s wicket-taking ability is highly documented. He is one of the rare pacers who knows how to excel in subcontinental conditions. Shami’s strike rate of 43.6 makes him part of the top 3 on this list.

#2 Kagiso Rabada – 43.3

He has taken over the mantle of pace bowling for South Africa from Dale Steyn. Kagiso Rabada’s numbers in red ball are as good as anyone who has played the format. He has picked 92 wickets in 21 Tests at a strike rate of 43.3.

#1 Kyle Jamieson – 42.2

He was the player of the first-ever WTC finals in 2021. Kyle Jamieson couldn’t have asked for a better start to this Test career. He immediately became the most valuable player of his side no sooner he made his debut. Jamieson has picked 69 wickets in 15 Tests at an outstanding strike rate of 42.2.

Vignesh Rajagopal
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