List of Top 5 Highest wicket-taker in T20 International.
Since the commencement of the 20-over format in 2005, it has garnered immense popularity. The reduced number of overs gives the game a fast-paced nature. Batsmen come out with dramatic energies to pile up as much runs as possible. Hence, the bowlers channel themselves accordingly. As a result, the game turns out to be a highly thrilling experience. The T20 cricket has seen the emergence of a considerable number of proficient players, both batsmen, and bowlers.
Acknowledging their supreme performances, we take a look at the top 5 highest wicket-takers in T20 international cricket.
1. Lasith Malinga
One of the most prolific players ever produced by Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga boasts of an incredible T20I record. He is not only the first to make a century of wickets in T20I cricket but with an unscathed 107 is also the possessor of the most wickets in T20I. With his off-beat sling action and brilliantly delivered yorkers, the ‘Yorker King’ established himself as a fearsome bowler. The speedster is deliberated as the most reliable bowler during death overs due to his efficiency in taking wickets in seriatum.
2. Shahid Afridi
With a total of 98 wickets in 99 matches, Shahid Afridi stands second in the line of the highest wicket-takers in T20I cricket. Regardless of his erratic Test career, the former all-rounder skipper of the Pakistan national cricket team proved his worth as an incredibly valuable player in the shorter formats of the game, particularly T20. His 9-3-12-7 bowling figure is counted among the best in an innings.
3. Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh team’s topliner all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan, ranks third with 92 wickets in 76 matches in being the most wicket-taker in T20 Internationals. With his outstanding batting, steadfast fielding and excellent bowling, the Tiger has validated himself as Bangladesh cricket team’s leading all-rounder in every format of the game. He holds the unique distinction of being ranked as the “No. 1 All-rounder” by ICC in 2015.
The immensely talented player holds various recognitions. For instance, he is the first bowler to scalp 200 wickets for Bangladesh in Test cricket. Along with that, he is the first player to score 600 runs and stump 10 wickets in a single World Cup tournament.
4. Rashid Khan
Ever since the player was drafted into Afghanistan’s national squad in 2015, Rashid Khan has only kept towering up. In nearly half the number of matches, the youngster took 89 wickets in T20 internationals, becoming the 4th highest wicket-taker in T20I. Additionally, he is the fastest player to cross the 50 wickets mark in T20 cricket.
His stupendous performances have earned him the honor of captaining his team in all the three formats of the game. Moreover, he is the youngest cricketer to achieve this feat. One gem of a player!
5. Umar Gul
Just who can forget his sensational 5-wicket haul off of just six runs against the Kiwis in the T20 International knockout in 2009? Subsequently, it made him the first-ever bowler to do so in the shortest format of the game. Taking 85 wickets in 60 matches, Umar Gul lands on the 5th spot in the top 5 highest wicket-taker in T20Is club. Umar Gul has been the most capable bowler of Pakistan in the T20 format.