Top 5 Highest Wicket Takers In The ICC WC Qualifiers

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The ICC WC Qualifiers 2023 is going on and we have seen some amazing performances with the ball. And today, we will see the top 5 highest wicket-takers in the tournament so far.

Top 5 highest wicket-takers in WC Qualifiers 2023 so far

(1) Wanindu Hasaranga

Hasaranga is taking wickets in the qualifiers for fun. He is at No. 1 on the list of highest wicket-takers in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2023. In 3 games till now, he has taken 16 wickets at an average of 7.25. Also, he only gave 116 runs in the 152 balls he bowled. So he is not leaking runs and taking wickets also.

W Hasaranga is a very hard bowler to get away with. He has so many variations and his googly is very hard to pick by the batters.

In the first game against UAE, he took 6 wickets in 8 overs and gave only 24 runs when SL was defending 356. Sri Lanka won that game by a very big margin of 175 runs. W Hasaranga also scored 23* off 12 balls.

Oman didn’t survive against Hasaranga as well

In the 2nd game against Oman, he again took 5 wickets. Oman got all out for just 98 runs. SL openers did the formalities and SL won that game by 10 wickets.

3rd consecutive fifer for Hasaranga

The leg spinner again showed his class against Ireland in the 3rd match. He took his 3rd consecutive fifer of the tournament. This time, he went for some runs as well. But Ireland doesn’t have an answer to Hasaranga’s questions.

While defending 326 against the Irish, they bundled them out for just 192. One thing is for sure, Hasaranga will have a higher chance of finishing as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Because he already took 16 wickets in 3 games. And the gap between the first and 2nd is too far. 

(2) Richard Ngarava

The 25-year-old left-arm pacer has taken 10 wickets in 4 games till now in the ICC WC Qualifiers with an average of 13.30 and gave only 133 runs in 192 balls he bowled so far.

He is one of the main reasons for Zimbabwe’s success in the tournament so far. In the first game, Ngarava took 4 wickets for just 43 runs in his 9 overs. Nepal was restricted to 290. And with the help of Captain C Ervine and S Williams’ centuries, Zimbabwe won the match with 8 wickets and 35 balls to spare.

Ngarava holds his horses in a high-scoring encounter against the Netherlands. In the 2nd game against the Netherlands, he took 2 wickets and only gave 40 runs in his 9 overs in a high-scoring game. 

A win against WI, 2 wickets for Ngarava

He also played a crucial role in a famous win against WI. He took 2 wickets and gave only 25 runs in his 6 overs. Zimbabwe won that game by 35 runs.

As we are writing this article, ZIM is playing its last game against the US. And they won that game by a huge margin of 304 runs. Ngarava took 2 wickets in this game and played his part.

He is one of the highest wicket-takers in the tournament so far. Zimbabwe will hope that he continues his good form throughout the tournament.

(3) Mark Adair

Although his team was knocked out of the tournament, he is sitting at No. 3 in the list of highest wicket-taker with 9 wickets in 3 games. Averaging 16.67 with the ball, he only gave 150 runs in the 174 balls he bowled so far. He has a chance to add some wickets to his tally against UAE in the last group game before leaving as Ireland will not go into the Super Six stage.

(4) Bilal Khan

The left-arm pacer played a crucial role in Oman reaching in the top 6. He took 2 wickets in both the game which Oman won against Ireland and UAE. They won both the game by 5 wickets.

Overall, he took 9 wickets in 4 games with an average of 21.22. Bilal is one of the highest wicket-takers in the tournament, sitting at No. 4 on this list.

(5) Sikandar Raza

Raza is the only player featured in the top 5 highest run scorers and highest wicket-takers list. He is doing a fantastic job for Zimbabwe and contributing both with the bat and the ball. Till now, he has taken 8 wickets in 4 games with an average of 18.75. So these are the top 5 highest wicket-takers in the ICC WC Qualifiers.

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