Team India can be looking to convey an end to their trophy drought in any big ICC tournaments when they defeat New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship 2019-21. India finished on the pinnacle of the WTC points table with an outstanding 520 points.
At the same time, New Zealand finished in the second position on the points table with 420 points. After losing the previous World Cup final, Blackcaps are looking forward to winning the title of the World Test Championship.
Bowlers played an instrumental role in the WTC inaugural edition. Ahead of the most-awaited conflict between India and New Zealand on the 18th of June 2021, here you can take a look at the highest wicket-takers of the WTC 2019-21.
The highest wicket-takers for India and New Zealand in the World Test Championship to date are mentioned below.
Highest Wicket Taker for India in WTC
India delivered some breath-taking performances both at home and away from home matches to emerge as the best team of the championship so far. India beat the likes of South Africa and Bangladesh at home, even registered wins over Australia and West Indies away from home. Let’s take a look at the highest wicket-takers for India in the WTC.
1: R Ashwin (67 wickets)
R Ashwin turned great with the ball in the domestic Test series against England. The off-spinner bagged a wonderful sixty-seven wickets in just 24 innings. He leads the highest wicket-takers in the WTC table for India with 67 wickets in 13 matches in the World Test Championship, his best being 9/207.
2: Ishant Sharma (36 wickets)
Ishant Sharma is a senior pacer in the Indian Test squad and is 2nd on the list of highest wicket-takers for India in WTC with 36 wickets in 20 innings from 11 matches. Ishant’s best haul in a match is 9/78.
3: Mohammed Shami (36 wickets)
With the same number of wickets as Ishant in the World Test Championship till now, Shami sits on the 3rd spot. Shami has been a vital player in the Indian cricket team for some years now and is expected to feature in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. He took 36 wickets in 10 matches playing 18 innings so far.
4: Jasprit Bumrah (34 wickets)
Jasprit Bumrah has performed well for India till now in the World Test Championship and has managed to take an outstanding 34 wickets. Bumrah played 17 innings in 9 matches and has a best of 7/58 in a match. Bumrah will be essential to India’s probabilities in opposition to New Zealand in English conditions.
4: Umesh Yadav (29 wickets)
Umesh Yadav, another Indian pacer, has struggled with his health and fitness but has nevertheless managed to take 29 wickets in 7 matches playing 14 innings for India. He has the best stats of 8/82 in a match. Yadav is a part of India’s squad for the World Test Championship final Test but is not likely to make it to the playing eleven in the match against New Zealand in Southampton.
Highest Wicket Taker for New Zealand in WTC
New Zealand has performed very well throughout the World Test Championship so far. They showed their class both with the bat and bowl. Kane Williamson led team New Zealand had some spectacular performances from their bowling squad. Let’s take a look at the highest wicket-takers for New Zealand in the WTC.
1: Tim Southee (51 wickets)
Tim Southee is a world-class bowler from New Zealand. Southee single-handedly won many matches for his team, performing so well with his bowl. He took 51 wickets in 10 matches playing 20 innings so far. Southee’s best performance in the World Test Championship is 9/110 in a match.
2: Kyle Jamieson (36 wickets)
Kyle Jamieson is another asset of the New Zealand cricket team. He is particularly potent in playing Test matches and had some noteworthy performances across the World Test Championship 2019-21. Jamieson took 36 impressive wickets in just matches playing 12 innings. His best stats is 11/117 in a game.
3: Trent Boult (34 wickets)
Trent Boult has outstanding performance stats against team India in Test matches. He will be one of the key players from New Zealand to look for in the World Test Championship 2019-21 final match. Boult took 34 wickets so far in 9 matches playing 18 innings, with his best being 6/117 in a match.
4: Neil Wagner (32 wickets)
Neil Wagner is an indefatigable left-arm seamer from New Zealand. He took 32 wickets playing 14 innings in 7 matches in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21.
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