Mitchell Starc Sets Record as Fastest Bowler to Reach 50 Wickets in ICC World Cup


Mitchell Starc Sets Record as Fastest Bowler to Reach 50 Wickets in ICC World Cup

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The fast bowler achieved this feat in India’s opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup against Australia in Chennai.

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Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc has achieved a significant milestone in the ICC World Cup, becoming only the second Australian and the fifth bowler overall to reach 50 wickets in the tournament’s history. Starc reached this milestone during India’s opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup against Australia in Chennai. For more updates, including the Playing 11 for New Zealand vs Netherlands, toss updates, and live match coverage, click here.

Defending a total of 200 runs, Starc made an early breakthrough by dismissing Ishan Kishan for a golden duck. He concluded the match with figures of 1/31 in eight overs. In 19 ICC World Cup games, Starc has taken 50 wickets at an impressive average of 15.14, with his best bowling figures being 6/28.

It’s worth noting that Starc’s record of 27 wickets in 10 matches during the 2019 World Cup remains unmatched, making it the highest wicket tally in a single edition of the tournament. He also secured 22 wickets during the 2015 World Cup, held in Australia, when the team clinched their fifth World Cup title.

The leading wicket-takers in World Cup history include Australia’s Glenn McGrath (71 wickets in 39 matches), Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (68 wickets in 40 matches), Lasith Malinga (56 wickets in 29 matches), and Pakistan’s Wasim Akram (55 wickets in 38 matches).

Remarkably, Mitchell Starc has reached the 50 World Cup wickets mark in just 941 deliveries, making him the fastest bowler to achieve this milestone in terms of balls bowled. The second-fastest bowler to reach this landmark is Malinga, who accomplished it in 1,187 balls. Prominent figures like McGrath, Akram, and Muralitharan trail behind Starc on this list.

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In the World Cup showdown between India and Australia, Australia faced an early setback as Mitchell Marsh was dismissed for a duck. However, opener David Warner (41 runs from 52 balls, including six fours) and Steve Smith (46 runs from 71 balls, with five fours) orchestrated a recovery with their solid 69-run partnership for the second wicket. Marnus Labuschagne (27 runs) attempted to sustain Australia’s momentum alongside Smith, but the team experienced a downfall following Smith’s dismissal.

The trio of spin bowlers, including Ravindra Jadeja (3/28), Kuldeep Yadav (2/42), and Ravichandran Ashwin (1/34), caused turmoil among Australia’s established batsmen. Meanwhile, the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah (2/35), Mohammed Siraj (1/26), and Hardik Pandya (1/28) dismantled the lower order, sending Australia tumbling from 110/3 to a total of 199 all out in 49.3 overs. Although Mitchell Starc (28 runs) made an effort to help Australia complete their allotted 50 overs, his endeavor ultimately fell short.

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During India’s pursuit of 200 runs, they suffered early setbacks, losing Ishan Kishan, skipper Rohit Sharma, and Shreyas Iyer without scoring, leaving the team at 2/3. However, a remarkable 165-run partnership between Virat Kohli (85 runs from 116 balls with six boundaries) and KL Rahul (97* runs from 115 balls with eight boundaries and two sixes) steered India to a convincing six-wicket victory. Josh Hazlewood (3/38) emerged as the standout bowler for Australia.


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