Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins ended 2019 as the highest wicket-taker in international cricket. The 26-year-old finished the year with 99 wickets, 22 more than compatriot Mitchell Starc and Team India fast bowler Mohammad Shami. Earlier this month, the Australian became the most expensive foreign player in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he got bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a whopping amount of INR 15.5 crore.
He has taken 99 wickets at an incredible average of 20.50. Cummins had followed by teammate Mitchell Starc (77 wickets) and India’s Mohammad Shami (77 wickets). Australia's Nathan Lyon and Afghanistan's Rashid Khan took the most wickets in the year among spinners at 56 each.
Pat Cummins this year:
In Tests, he has 59 wickets at an average of 20.13
In ODIs, he has 31 victims at an average of 21.61
In T20Is, he has 9 wickets at an average of 19.11
Kapil Dev topped the wicket-charts in 1979, while Glenn McGrath held the feat at the end of 1999 and Mitchell Johnson was the leading wicket-taker in 2009.
“He is clearly the best bowler in the world, his stats will probably back that up. Not just for one series, or one Test, or two Tests here or there, he has done it every game,” Australian captain Tim Paine quoted.