In a challenging World Cup for bowlers, Indian bowling unit emerged as the best of the lot, ahead of second best Australia. Southee equalled the world record of maximum wickets in an innings. Despite Boult and Vettori appearing unplayable, it was Starc who, despite playing a match less than others, topped the chart of most wickets, most 4+ wickets, most economic and best average too. Starc bowled the maximum 4 economic spells (in only 5 matches), while KJ O’Brien was too expensive in 4 matches. Check the bowling statistics till group stage, and details of most economic, most expensive, most maidens, most wickets by teams and bowlers.
Bowling Statistics of Group Stage
- World Cup record of 7 wickets equalled by Southee.
One hattrick: Finn (Eng) vs Aus
7 performances of 5 or more wickets.
60 performances of 3-4 wickets.
2 bowlers conceded 100+ runs in an innings.
50 occasions saw bowlers conceding 60 or more runs in an innings.
Most Economic in an Innings
In 42 matches of Group Stage. New Zealand bowling was the most economic. Vettori is the only bowler to have an economy below 2 runs per over in an inning. There were 48 instances of bowlers having an economy of 3.50 or below in an innings. Scotland is the only country whose bowlers had no spell of less than 3.50 runs an over.
Bowlers with economy less than 3 more than once
- 4: Starc
3: Vettori, Trent Boult
2: Morne Morkel, Steyn, Jason Holder, Stuart Broad
Countries with economy less than 3 more than once
- 7: Aus
6: NZ, SA
5: WI, Eng
4: Ind, Pak
2: Ban, Ire
1: Afg, UAE, Zim
61 bowlers bowled 154 Maidens in 42 matches.
- Maximum 11 maidens bowled by Boult.
Maximum 23 maidens bowled by New Zealand.
2 maidens by UAE is the least maiden bowled by any team.
24 maidens against UAE is the maximum maidens a team conceded.
3 maidens against Ireland and Sri Lanka is the least maidens a team conceded.
Jason Holder and Dawlat Zadran conceded 100+ runs in one match each, but KJ O’Brien was the most expensive overall conceding 60+ runs in 4 of the 6 innings he bowled. He conceded 90 and 95 in two matches.
Michael Starc with 16 wickets only in 5 matches bowling 37 overs. Shami of India has taken 15 wickets in 5 matches bowling 43 overs.
Josh Davey of Scotland at Joint 2nd position is the only bowler from a knocked out team to feature in top 10 bowlers.
Highest Wickettakers of All teams
- Aus: Starc (16), NZ: Boult (15), Ind: Shami (15), Scot: Davey (15), WI: Jerome Taylor (14), Pak: Wahab Riaz (14), SA: Morkel (13), SL: Malinga (11), Afg: Shapoor Zadran (10), Eng: Finn (8), UAE: Naveed (8) Ban: Shakib, Rubel (7), Ire: Cusack (7)
Wickets by Teams
- India: 60 in 6 matches
Australia: 49 in 5 matches
New Zealand: 57 in 6 matches
South Africa: 57 in 6 matches
Sri Lanka: 51 in 6 matches
Pakistan: 51 in 6 matches
West Indies: 47 in 6 matches
Scotland: 40 in 6 matches
Afghanistan: 37 in 6 matches
Bangladesh: 36 in 5 matches
England: 36 in 6 matches
Ireland: 35 in 6 matches
Zimbabwe: 32 in 6 matches
UAE: 31 in 6 matches