Australian spearheadMitchell Starc, who had ended up as the joint highest wicket-taker along with New Zealand’s Trent Boult in the 2015 edition, came up with a magnificent performance in the first game against Afghanistan in Bristol. Though Starc took just one wicket for 31 runs in seven overs, the ball with which he rattled the stumps of openerMohammad Shahzadwas a gem. Starc has clocked 152 kilometres per hour with his pace in the game and it is the joint highest with England’s Jofra Archer.
Archer was a sensation in his first World Cup game. Although his overall performance was eclipsed by Ben Stokes’ majestic all-round show, the 24-year-old caught eyeballs for his 3 for 27 that rattledSouth Africa. Besides, he also hit the technically sound Hashim Amla on his helmet in the game, forcing him to retire hurt and hitting the Proteas’ chase. Archer, who was fast-tracked by the English board to play in the World Cup, also registered a 152 kmph pace in the tournament.
Kagiso Rabadathough has ended up in the losing side in both games that he has played, his capacity to produce pace hasn’t got diminished. He took two wickets against the England game but went for some runs versus Bangladesh on Sunday. But in between these, he has clocked 150 kmph to remain in the third place so far in the list of speedsters.
The next two slots have been taken by Australian Pat Cummins and New ZealanderLockie Fergusonboth of whom have achieved 147 kmph as their top speed. Ferguson did not have a great time in the recent Indian Premier League but on Saturday, he generated some serious pace that floored Sri Lanka and he ended up with 3 for 22 along withMatt Henrywho also took three-for.
Mitchell Starc – 152 kph
Jofra Archer – 152 kph
Kagiso Rabada – 150 kph
Pat Cummins – 147 kph
Lockie Ferguson – 147 kph