World Cup 2015: At Group Stage, Starc Rules, Indians Shock All

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.

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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
    3: SL
    2: Ban, Ire
    1: Afg, UAE, Zim

Most Maidens
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.

Most Expensive
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.

Most Wickets
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

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