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Top 5 Wicket-Takers in 2023 World Cup Warm-Ups
- Updated: October 4, 2023
Top 5 Highest Wicket-Takers in the 2023 World Cup Warm-Up Matches, Featuring Mohammad Nabi
As the 2023 ODI World Cup approaches, the warm-up matches have concluded, offering a glimpse into the form and capabilities of teams and players. While rain played spoilsport in several matches, some notable performances stood out. The warm-up matches saw batsmen dominating with high-scoring encounters, indicating that bowlers might have a challenging task ahead in the tournament proper. In this article, we’ll explore the top five highest wicket-takers from the 2023 World Cup warm-up matches.
1. Mohammad Nabi (4 wickets): The former Afghanistan skipper showcased his spin prowess by claiming four wickets in a single innings during a warm-up match. In his eight overs, he conceded 44 runs and played a crucial role in Sri Lanka’s collapse from 257-2 to 294 all out.
2. Usama Mir (4 wickets): Pakistan’s leg-spinner, Usama Mir, made a strong statement with four wickets across two matches. His performances addressed concerns about Pakistan’s spin bowling. Mir finished with figures of 2-68 in 10 overs against New Zealand and took two wickets while conceding 31 runs in the match against Australia.
3. Marnus Labuschagne (4 wickets): Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne, known for his part-time spin bowling, picked up four wickets during the warm-up stage. This comes as a valuable addition to Australia’s bowling options, considering they have only one frontline spinner in Adam Zampa. Labuschagne’s four wickets included the crucial final wicket in Australia’s narrow win over Pakistan.
4. Mahedi Hasan (3 wickets): The Bangladesh spinner, Mahedi Hasan, showcased his bowling skills in their victory over Sri Lanka. He finished with figures of 3-36 off nine overs, helping restrict Sri Lanka to 263. However, he remained wicketless in Bangladesh’s loss to England.
5. Reece Topley (3 wickets): England’s Reece Topley demonstrated the effectiveness of pace bowling during the warm-up matches. Swing played a significant role, especially in the second innings under the lights. Topley made an immediate impact, taking three wickets against Bangladesh, including crucial top-order dismissals. His figures of 3-23 off five overs included a maiden over.
While these bowlers showcased their skills in the warm-up matches, the dominance of batsmen suggests that bowlers will face a stern challenge during the 2023 World Cup. As the tournament unfolds, fans can expect thrilling contests and remarkable performances as teams vie for cricketing glory on the world stage.
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By- Sahiba Suri