If you missed it where were you? If you watched it, be grateful for witnessing what was undoubtedly the best event in the cricket calendar. To top it all up was a titanic final clash between joint-hosts Australia and New Zealand. As is always the case, where there is competition there will always be those players who take to the field and offer more than just basics.
This World Cup will go down as the one where it seemed every batting record ever was diminished. Scores of 300 were never safe and some even felt that bowlers were rendered useless and could be replaced by bowling machines. However the bowlers were the players that stood out and shone when it mattered most Down Under.
They were the ones who carried the hopes of their nations before the tournament and did not disappoint during the campaign proving to be the difference during an event ill-designed for their art. Cutting to the chase, let’s give credit where it’s due. Here are the top five best bowlers the 2015 CWC had to offer.
5. Morne Morkel (South Africa)
The South African cried his eyes out when his side failed to progress to the final. He can’t be blamed for his team’s failure though as he became the best SA bowler and was impressive throughout the campaign. His form helped him scoop 17 wickets in eight matches with an average of 17.58
4.Mohammed Shami (India)
Despite India’s failure to qualify for the finals, Shami’s performance in the seven games he played was instrumental in helping his side to the semi-final stage. His impressive 17 wickets were accompanied by a 17.29 average and things would have been way better for the 24-year old had he not suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for the game against United Arab Emirates.
3. Umesh Yadav (India)
Yadav is one player who can claim to have had the best tournament of his life. His impressive 4/72 against Australia and a superb 4/31 against Bangladesh earned him names such as ‘Match Winner’. The 28-year old bagged 18 wickets in eight matches.
2. Trent Boult (New Zealand)
If it wasn’t for Mitchell Starc, Boult would be the talk of the town. The 26-year old hit the stumps for fun at this tournament and impressively scooped 22 wickets in his nine matches. Unfortunately all his efforts were put to dust by a loss in the final. However his 15.76 average and runners-up medal would do justice for a man who gave his all.
1. Mitchell Starc (Australia)
The 25-year old was named the player of the tournament for his contribution ito his side’s World Cup victory. His bowling technique broke every batsman’s defence. The Australian hero ended the World Cup with 22 wickets at an awesome average of 10.18 and an economy rate of 3.50 which propelled his team to its fifth Cricket World Cup title.
Other players who fell short of making it to the top five include South Africa’s Imran Tahir who also had a fair tournament, Jerome Taylor (West Indies), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) and Scotland’s Josh Davey.