When a bowler is summoned by the captain at the crease, he has several things in mind, which is to mount the pressure on the batters straightway in the game. By doing so, the batters tend to get nervous and end up playing a false shot and get dismissed.
At times, the bowlers keep the batters in check by bowling dot balls, which obviously increases the pressure on the batting team. When a bowler bowls wicket-taking deliveries, it is very much certain that he will get the prized wickets, turning the game in their favour.
Young bowlers in international cricket have made a name for themselves by taking wickets when it mattered the most. There have been bright talents who showcased their mettle in the ODI World Cup. In this article, let’s take a glimpse at the four bowlers who took the most wickets in the World Cup before turning 25.
1. Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi has been one of the most imperative bowlers for the Pakistan cricket team across all three formats of the game. He comes first on the list as he took 32 wickets in the World Cup before turning 25.
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2. Shaun Tait
Shaun Tait quickly rose through the ranks with his impressive pace and his ability to take wickets when it mattered the most. However, as the years progressed, he was inconsistent in his approach. He comes second on the list with 23 wickets in the World Cup before turning 25.
3. Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer comes third on the list as he accounted for 20 dismissals before turning 25 in World Cups. His stellar performances in the World Cup, including a super over in the final against New Zealand, played a substantial role in England’s maiden World Cup victory.
4. Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman has been the best fast bowler for the Bangladesh cricket team for a long time now. He accounted for 20 dismissals in the World Cup before turning 25.
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Updated as of November 1, 2023.