Top 5 Bowlers with Most Wickets in T20 internationals

T20 is a game of uncertainties, and things can change in a split second. Every ball matters and some bowlers make it count. There have been spells that could be any batsmen’s nightmare. The T20 World Cup of 2021 gave us an idea of how quickly bowlers can turn the match around. Some bowlers have toppled the sturdiest of batting orders. When it comes to the all-time leading wicket-takers in T20Is, who stands at the top?

  1. Shakib Al Hassan: On his way to retiring as one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket.
Matches Wickets  Bowling Avg. Best Figures  Economy
94 117 19.79 5 for 20 6.66

Shakib Al Hassan has been Bangladesh’s support system whenever the chips have gone down. The spinner has caused trouble on surfaces where the ball just skids on. He has always delivered with the ball, irrespective of the format. Most of his wickets have come in Bangladesh (50), but Shakib has been effective wherever he has played. Shakib has 63 wickets in the IPL too, proving that he is a formidable T20 player.  

To date, these were the top 5 wicket-takers in T20 international cricket. They have proved themselves every time with the ball by taking wickets on a difficult pitch. 

  1. Tim Southee: Clinical and clever with the ball 
Matches Wickets  Bowling Avg. Best Figures  Economy
92 111 24.58 5 for 18 8.19

Tim Southee’s experience with the ball has helped New Zealand excel in all formats of the game. In the T20s, Southee’s length and pace management got him wickets. He is not the quickest Kiwi bowler, but his line doesn’t allow runs to flow easily. In addition to 111 T20 International Wickets, Tim Southee has 31 wickets in the IPL.

  1. Lasith Malinga: The G.O.A.T. in the T20 format, especially in the death overs. 
Matches Wickets  Bowling Avg. Best Figures  Economy
84 107 20.79 5 for 6 7.42

Everything about Lasith Malinga used to be unique. His appearance, his bowling action, and his T20 record. Malinga’s Yorkers made him the most dangerous death-over bowler of his time. He bowled toe-crushers to leave the batsmen befuddled and then used his slower balls intelligently. Malinga also starred with the ball for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. He bagged 170 wickets in the league.

  1. Rashid Khan: The lifeline of Afghanistan’s bowling line-up
Matches Wickets  Bowling Avg. Best Figures  Economy
56 103 12.73 5 for 3 6.20

If Afghanistan’s bowling looks dominating, all the credit goes to this man. Be it international T20 matches or IPL showdowns, Rashid Khan’s mastery needs no introduction. He is impossible to pick and keeps it tight at every stage of the game. Apart from an impressive international record, Rashid also has 93 IPL wickets to his name.  

  1. Shahid Afridi:
Matches Wickets  Bowling Avg. Best Figures  Economy
99 98 24.44 4 for 11 6.63

Shahid Afridi was a match-winner for Pakistan. He was consistent and aggressive with the bat (strike rate of 150.75) and, at times, unplayable with the ball. He was known for his faster ones, which used to startle a well-set batsman. The leggie once clocked 134 Kmph against New Zealand.  

Reference Links:

  1. https://www.mykhel.com/cricket/players/rashid-khan-ipl-p8141/
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