U19 WC 2022: Top 5 wicket-takers of the tournament

The Under-19 World Cup 2022 concluded recently and Team India emerged victorious as they lifted their record fifth crown. The young side led by Yash Dhull defeated England in the final by six wickets. A lot of promising young bowlers were on show during the course of the tournament. The future looks really bright for these bowlers who kept picking up wickets for their respective sides in the global event.

Let’s take a look at the Top 5 wicket-takers in the Under-19 World Cup 2022

5. Juma Miyaji (13)

With two four-wicket hauls, Uganda’s Juma Miyaji finished the series with 13 scalps to his name. The pace bowler recorded four-fors against Papua New Guinea and Scotland and his economy rate was just 5.13 throughout the World Cup. An average of 17.76 makes young Uganda bower an exciting prospect for the future.

4. Ripon Mondol (14)

Despite Bangladesh’s poor showing in the World Cup, right-arm pace bowler Ripon Mondol was impressive as he snared 14 wickets. The 18-year-old bowler took four wickets twice with one such haul coming against the eventual champions India in the quarter-final. His average and strike rate in the tournament read was 15.00 and 21.2 respectively.

3. Awais Ali (15)

Pakistan’s right-arm medium-pacer took 15 scalps with an average of 15.80 and strike rate of 20.2. He took six wickets in Pakistan’s very first match of the event against Zimbabwe and ended the World cup with an economy rate of 4.67. The pacer also bowled four maidens in the tournament.

2. Joshua Boyden (15)

England’s Joshua Boyden ended the tournament as the joint second-highest wicket-taker alongside Awais Ali. An average of mere 9.86 and strike rate of 18.4 with a solid economy rate of 3.21 were the standout figures for the left-arm quick who consistently took wickets in the powerplay. Aged just 17, the future looks certainly bright for Boyden, who took four wickets twice with best figures of 4/16 and staggering nine maidens.

1. Dunith Wellalage (17)

Sri Lanka’s captain Dunith Wellalage finished the World Cup as the highest wicket-taker with 17 scalps. The slow left-arm spinner played six matches and bowled with an average of just 13.58 and a strike rate of 19.4. His economy rate of 4.20 was also impressive. His best bowling figures were 5/27. Not once, but twice he bagged a five-wicket haul in the series against Scotland and Australia. Not to forget, he was also his team’s leading run-getter in the tournament.