During the ongoing World Cup 2023 final at Narendra Modi Stadium, Australian spinner Adam Zampa achieved a noteworthy milestone, equalling Muttiah Muralitharan’s record for the most wickets by a spinner in a single edition of the World Cup. Zampa reached this milestone in the 45th over of India’s innings, securing the wicket of Jasprit Bumrah. While he managed to pick up only one wicket during the final, the significance lies in him equaling Muralitharan’s record.
It’s worth noting that if Zampa had taken two or more wickets in the final, he would have surpassed Muralitharan’s record instead of merely equaling it. Nevertheless, Zampa’s achievement cements his name alongside one of the legendary spinners in cricket history.
The list of top spinner wicket-takers in a World Cup now includes Adam Zampa at the top, with 23 wickets in the 2023 edition. He is followed by Muttiah Muralitharan, who achieved the same feat in the 2007 World Cup. Other notable spinners on the list include Brad Hogg with 21 wickets in 2007, Shahid Afridi with 21 wickets in 2011, and Shane Warne with 20 wickets in 1999.
Zampa, finishing the World Cup 2023 as the second-highest wicket-taker, showcased consistent and impactful performances throughout the tournament. His bowling figures in the tournament highlight his skill, with 23 wickets in 11 matches, an average of 22.39, and an economy rate of 5.36. The Australian spinner’s ability to make crucial breakthroughs played a pivotal role in his team’s journey to the final, solidifying his reputation as one of the premier spin bowlers in contemporary cricket.