Trent Boult’s Milestone: 50 Wickets in ODI World Cup

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Trent Boult, the renowned New Zealand pacer, has achieved a significant milestone in his ODI career. He reached 50 wickets in the ICC Cricket World Cup. This feat was accomplished during match number 41 of the 2023 World Cup in Bengaluru, where New Zealand faced Sri Lanka. With this achievement, Trent Boult becomes the first player from New Zealand to take 50 wickets in the Cricket World Cup.

3rd Left-Arm Pacer with 50 Wickets:

Trent Boult is now the third left-arm pacer in the history of ODI World Cups to claim 50 or more wickets. Leading this chart is Mitchell Starc from Australia, who has a remarkable 59 wickets at an impressive average of 19.74. Before Starc, the legendary Wasim Akram from Pakistan held this record with 55 wickets at an average of 23.83. Boult’s achievement also meant that he surpassed Chaminda Vaas, who had 49 wickets, to join this elite club of left-arm pacers.

Sixth Bowler to Take 50+ ODI World Cup Wickets:

Trent Boult now joins the league of bowlers who have taken 50 or more wickets in ODI World Cups. According to ESPNcricinfo, the top position in this list is held by the former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath, who boasts a remarkable 71 wickets at an average of 18.19. Sri Lanka’s spin maestro Muthiah Muralidaran comes in second with 68 wickets at an average of 19.63. Additionally, Lasith Malinga secured 56 wickets, while Mitchell Starc holds 59 wickets at an average of 22.87. Boult’s 50 wickets make him the fifth bowler in this exclusive group.

Boult’s Performance Across ODI World Cups:

Trent Boult has exhibited an impressive performance throughout his ODI World Cup journey. In the 2015 edition, he emerged as the joint-highest wicket-taker with 22 wickets at an average of 16.86. During the 2019 World Cup, he secured 17 scalps from 10 matches, averaging 28.17. In the ongoing 2023 World Cup in India, Boult has claimed 11 wickets, competing in his 9th match.

Boult’s ODI Career Stats:

With a total of 208 wickets in his 113 ODI appearances, Trent Boult has maintained an impressive record. He recently achieved this milestone after taking his first wicket against Pakistan in a match on Thursday. His bowling average is around 24, with an economy rate of under 5. In particular, Boult has been prolific against Sri Lanka, with 18 wickets in 14 matches. Moreover, he has clinched 30 wickets on Asian soil and an additional 31 wickets across neutral venues.

Reaching 250 Wickets in List A Cricket:

In addition to his remarkable ODI World Cup feat, Trent Boult has also crossed the mark of 250 wickets in List A cricket. This milestone was achieved during his 142nd match. The seasoned New Zealand pacer has managed to secure 12 four-wicket hauls and six five-wicket hauls in the 50-over format.

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