Cummins becomes highest wicket-taker in Tests this year
Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins recently hogged the limelight when he became the most expensive overseas signing in the history of Indian Premier League as he surpassed Ben Stokes’ transfer record of INR 14.5 crore to Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) which is a now-defunct IPL franchise. Pat Cummins was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping price tag of INR 15.5 crore.
On Sunday, Cummins became the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket in 2019 year. He accomplished the feat against New Zealand in the ongoing Test series. He took a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the second Test and remained wicketless in the second innings. His outstanding bowling performance helped Australia beat New Zealand by 247 runs and win the Test series by 2-0.
Pat Cummins finished the year with 59 wickets in Test cricket, while Nathan Lyon is placed second on the list as he is fourteen wickets behind Cummins. Nathan Lyon was also pretty good in the second Test match as he took one wicket in the first innings and four wickets in the second innings.
Interestingly, Pat Cummins is also the leading wicket-taker across all formats this year as he finished the year with 99 wickets. Out of 99 wickets, 59 came in Tests, 31 in ODIs and 9 in T20Is.
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami ended the second spot with 77 wickets from 30 international matches. He ended the ODI format as the top wicket-taker in 2019 with 42 wickets to his name.