World T20 2014: Top 10 Wicket-Takers in Bangladesh

Chris Teale@@chris_tealeFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2014

World T20 2014: Top 10 Wicket-Takers in Bangladesh

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    The 2014 World Twenty20 is at an end, with Sri Lanka celebrating victory in the final over India after the three-week festival of cricket in Bangladesh.

    As we now reflect on the tournament, let’s take a look back at those bowlers who most impressed, especially with their wicket-taking exploits.

    Plenty of established stars shone, while a number of newcomers also impressed with the ball on the dusty, slow pitches of Bangladesh.

    Read on for the top 10 wicket-takers from this year’s World T20.

10. Krishmar Santokie (West Indies)

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    5 matches
    8 wickets; 16.12 bowling average; 3-17 BBI

    With his left-arm medium pace, Krishmar Santokie profited on the slow pitches of Bangladesh as he helped West Indies reach the semi-finals.

    His best performance came against the hosts in the Super 10, when his 3-17 from four overs helped the former champions to a comfortable win.

    Still relatively young in his international career, Santokie will be hopeful of further success in the future.

9. Nuwan Kulasekera (Sri Lanka)

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    6 matches
    8 wickets; 15.12 bowling average; 4-32 BBI

    Tournament champions Sri Lanka were helped enormously by the bowling of Nuwan Kulasekera's, who took wickets regularly on their run to the trophy.

    Against England he was particularly crucial, as he took 4-32, but it was not enough to prevent defeat.

    He will be delighted to have contributed to his country’s success, however. 

8. Timm van der Gugten (Netherlands)

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    7 matches
    9 wickets; 18.77 bowling average; 3-30 BBI

    The Netherlands looked handy at times in the tournament, thanks in large part to the efforts of Timm van der Gugten and his bowling colleagues.

    His 3-30 against New Zealand nearly helped the Dutch take victory, and he managed to stay consistent throughout.

    At just 23 years of age, he has plenty of time left in international cricket.

7. Dale Steyn (South Africa)

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    5 matches
    9 wickets; 17.00 bowling average; 4-17 BBI

    Still his country’s premier seam bowler, Dale Steyn led South Africa very effectively.

    His high point came against New Zealand, with his 4-17, including an incredible final over to prevent the Black Caps from taking victory.

    He will be disappointed to not take the Proteas further, but Steyn is clearly still a force to be reckoned with, regardless of the conditions.

6. Al-Amin Hossain (Bangladesh)

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    7 matches
    10 wickets; 18.70 bowling average; 3-21 BBI

    A consistent performer for hosts Bangladesh, Al-Amin Hossain was key for his country in their home tournament.

    His best performance came in defeat to West Indies, when he was the most economical and most successful Bangladesh bowler.

    He was one of a number of players who proved that seamers are able to profit on subcontinent pitches.

5. Amit Mishra (India)

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    6 matches
    10 wickets; 14.70 bowling average; 3-26 BBI

    Having been sidelined for some time, Amit Mishra exploded back into international cricket during the World T20 and looked very impressive.

    Always economical and capable of taking wickets at any time, his 3-26 helped strangle Bangladesh in their Super 10 game as India took a comfortable win.

    He will now hope to be a more permanent fixture in the Indian team.

4. Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

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    6 matches
    11 wickets; 11.27 bowling average; 4-11 BBI

    Another Indian spinner to profit here was Ravichandran Ashwin, who took wickets regularly even with the newer ball.

    His best performance came against Australia, when his 4-11 helped bring about a dreadful collapse.

    Only 27, Ashwin looks a real handful in all forms of the game.

3. Samuel Badree (West Indies)

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    5 matches
    11 wickets; 10.27 bowling average; 4-15 BBI

    Someone to come to international cricket relatively late in his career is 33-year-old Samuel Badree, and he looked determined to make up for lost time here.

    Comfortable taking the new ball, his 4-15 against Bangladesh was a real highlight for a man who first played domestic cricket in the Caribbean in 2001.

    Now, he may well be hopeful of forcing his way into the side in the other forms. 

2. Ahsan Malik (Netherlands)

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    7 matches
    12 wickets; 13.83 bowling average; 5-19 BBI

    Another Dutchman to profit in Bangladesh was Ahsan Malik, whose seam bowling looks enormously effective in the shorter forms of the game.

    His first ever five-wicket haul in Twenty20 cricket came against South Africa in a return of 5-19, although the Proteas still came out on top by six runs.

    On these performances however, Malik definitely belongs in international cricket.

1. Imran Tahir (South Africa)

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    5 matches
    12 wickets; 10.91 bowling average; 4-21 BBI

    The most successful bowler in this World T20 was Imran Tahir of South Africa, who has helped bring leg-spin—once again—back to the forefront of bowling.

    He was very effective against the Dutch, taking 4-21 as they failed to chase 146 for victory.

    At 35 years old, time may not be on his side, but perhaps Tahir is starting to find his niche in international cricket.

    All stats courtesy of ESPN Cricinfo. Note: Where two or more bowlers have taken an equal number of wickets, a player will be ranked higher based on their bowling average being lower.