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Most Wickets in T20 World Cups

Most Wickets in T20 World Cups

As you take a look at the upcoming cricket matches of India, the next big attraction is obvious. The T20 World Cup in the UAE in October-November 2021 gives cricket fans an opportunity to add an edge to their viewing experience by playing fantasy cricket games on the Howzat fantasy cricket app. 

One of the important fantasy cricket tips for selecting players in fantasy games is looking at the past and seeing what sort of players excelled on the big stage. So here we take a look at the 5 players who have taken the most wickets in the history of the T20 World Cup. For the next generation of T20 bowlers, these are the standards to aim at. 

1) Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 

Such was the excitement over his six-hitting that people often forget what a great bowler Afridi was in T20Is. More than his wicket-taking threat, it was his ability to control the runs in mid-innings that made him so valuable. His economy rate of 6.71 across 34 matches was simply outstanding. In 2009, he starred with both the bat and the ball as Pakistan beat South Africa in the semi-final and Sri Lanka in the final. In both games, Afridi’s spells, featuring wickets at crucial times, just killed the batting team’s momentum.

Matches WicketsAverage Economy RateStrike Rate
        34          39
23.25

6.71

20.7

2) Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

One of only 7 bowlers to take 5 wickets or more in a T20 World Cup match, Malinga was the original death-overs destroyer. With that awkward sling action that batters found hard to fathom, he could send down yorkers almost at will, and at a fierce pace. His flamboyant dyed, curly hair and the jewellery made him one of T20’s first poster boys, but there was plenty of substance to Malinga’s bowling. After tasting defeat in two World T20 finals (2009 and 2012), Malinga was the team’s captain when Sri Lanka beat India to lift the trophy in 2014.

Matches WicketsAverage Economy RateStrike Rate
        31          38
20.07

7.43

16.2
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3) Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan)

As far as T20 World Cup history is concerned, Ajmal may mostly be remembered for that unforgettable final over in the 2010 semi-final, when Michael Hussey’s sixes broke his and Pakistan’s hearts. But that disappointment aside, he was a magical off-spin bowler capable of troubling the very best. With his variations and accuracy, Ajmal was an integral part of the Pakistan team that won the tournament in 2009 and reached the semi-finals in 2010 and 2012. 

Matches WicketsAverage Economy RateStrike Rate
        23          36
16.86

6.79

14.8

4) Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka)

By any statistical yardstick, Mendis is the greatest bowler in the tournament’s history, with a better average, economy rate and strike rate than any of the other leading wicket takers. Until batters figured out his many variations, including the carrom ball, he was almost unplayable. The only man to take 6 wickets in an innings in the World T20, he also had the misfortune of seeing his incredible figures of 4 for 12 go in vain in the 2012 final against the West Indies. 

Matches WicketsAverage Economy RateStrike Rate
        21          35
15.02

6.70

13.4

5) Umar Gul (Pakistan)

Gul’s amazing spell of 5/6, which skittled New Zealand in the 2009 semi-final, remains one of the most memorable pieces of bowling seen at a major tournament. Blessed with height and the ability to extract steep bouncers, Gul was also an expert at slipping in fast yorkers. After Pakistan lost the first T20 World Cup final to India in 2007, he was part of the winning side in 2009. Although he missed the 2010 tournament, he featured in another semi-final in 2012. He is definitely one of the T20I’s pace greats. 

Matches WicketsAverage Economy RateStrike Rate
        24          35
17.25

7.30

14.1

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