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Mitchell Starc registers most wickets in World Cup, breaks McGrath’s record
Mitchell Starc

After taking his first wicket in the 2019 World Cup semi-final against England on Thursday, Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc set the record for taking most wickets in a World Cup edition. The 29-yr-old took his tally to 27 wickets in the current edition, overtaking Glenn McGrath, who had taken 26 wickets in the 2007 World Cup.

Mitchell Starc broke a 12-yr record held by Glenn McGrath for taking the most wickets at a single World Cup during the semifinal between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday. He dismissed Jonny Bairstow, taking his wickets tally for this World Cup to 27.

The record for taking most wickets in a single World Cup was previously held by Glenn Mcgrath, for taking 26 wickets in the 2007 World Cup.

Starc is the leading wicket-taker at this World Cup by a fair distance. Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh is second on this list, with 20 wickets. Lockie Ferguson, who will play in Sunday’s final for New Zealand, is third, with 18 wickets.

In the first innings, Joe Root also broke an all-time World Cup record. His catch to dismiss Pat Cummins was his 12th catch of this World Cup, which is a new record for most catches by a fielder at a single edition.

The record for most catches at a World Cup was previously held by Ricky Ponting, who had taken 11 catches in the 2003 World Cup.