6 Best Pace bowlers to achieve fastest 100 wickets in T20Is

The Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) is one such format in cricket where batsmen and bowlers play with a dynamic approach to achieve sensational records. One such exceptional record is to join the fastest 100-wicket club for any bowler. Do you know who is the pace bowler to achieve the fastest 100th wicket in T20Is? It’s none other than the Pakistan cricket team’s fast bowler Haris Rauf, who achieved this remarkable milestone in his career in Pakistan’s Group A fixtures against Canada in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Similarly, other talented pace bowlers claimed 100 T20I wickets within a short period and it would be interesting to analyze their performances individually.

6 Most Talented Pace Bowlers to claim 100 wickets in few T20I games

Let’s take a closer look at these top 6 pacers who have managed to claim their 100th wicket by playing just a few T20I matches:

1. Haris Rauf (PAKISTAN): 71 matches

Rauf achieved his 100th wicket in his 71st T20I match against Canada in the group stages on 11th June 2024. He took 2 wickets and conceded 26 runs in that match, which made him reach the mark of 101 wickets at a 20.98 average. He achieved the best economy rate of 8.16 in his career.

Here is a breakdown of how the 30-year-old Pakistani pacer claimed 102 wickets in his T20I career:

  • Home ground: 33 wickets
  • Opponent Team’s Homeground: 38 wickets
  • Neutral Venue: 31 wickets

Also, Haris Rauf ranks as the 4th overall fastest bowler in the list (includes pacers and spinners) to reach the landmark of 100 wickets instantly after the spin bowlers namely Rashid Khan (53 matches), Sandeep Lamichhane (54 matches) and Wanindu Hasaranga (63 matches). Interestingly, he also became the 2nd Pakistani bowler after Shadab Khan and the first pace bowler from his nation to achieve this feat. 

2. Mark Adair (IRELAND):72 matches

Since his debut in 2019, Mark Adair became the 2nd fastest pacer to achieve 100 T20I wickets. The 28-year-old Irish pace bowler claimed his 100th wicket against Zimbabwe on 7th December 2023. 

Despite Ireland’s total of 147-8 in 20 overs and Adair’s bowling figures of 2-36, Ireland suffered a defeat to Zimbabwe with a one-wicket in a thrilling contest. 

The 28-year-old fast bowler took 122 wickets by playing 86 matches at an average of 19.48 and an economy rate of 7.7. Also, he is the only Irish bowler to claim 100-plus wickets in T20Is.

3. Bilal Khan (OMAN): 72 matches

In the ACC Premier Cup 2024, Bilal Khan in his 72nd match against the UAE achieved his 100th wicket. The 37-year-old pacer took three overs and delivered impressive bowling figures of 3-11 that helped Oman to restrict UAE to 142-5 in 20 overs and secure a 9-wicket win. Notably, 9 out of his 18 deliveries turned out to be dot balls. In 78 T20I matches, Bilal took 109 wickets at an average of 17.44 and a 6.78 economy rate. 

4. Lasith Malinga (SRI LANKA): 76 matches

Former Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga achieved 100 T20I wickets in his 76th match against New Zealand on 6th September 2019. Being a 36-year-old pacer (currently aged 40 years), Malinga maintained his fitness levels and achieved a 5-wicket haul in 4 overs (including a maiden over) by conceding just 6 runs that bundled out New Zealand’s total to 88 in 16 overs after Sri Lanka posted a score of 125-8 in 20 overs.

Malinga concluded his T20I career on 6th March 2020 against West Indies and holds a record of 107 wickets from 84 matches at an average of 20.79 and an economy rate of 7.42.

5. Mustafizur Rahman (BANGLADESH): 81 matches

Bangladesh’s left-arm pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman claimed the 100th wicket in his 81st T20I match against England on 14th March 2023.

Batting first, Bangladesh posted a total of 158-2 in 20 overs and England lost the chase by 16 runs by scoring 142-6 in 20 overs. Mustafizur’s brilliant performance of 1-14 in his four-over spell. Currently, the 28-year-old Bangladeshi bowler holds 127 wickets in 102 T20I matches with an average of 21.36 and an economy rate of 7.44.

6. Tim Southee (NEW ZEALAND): 84 matches

As a veteran pace bowler for New Zealand, Tim Southee required 84 matches to reach the milestone of 100 T20I wickets. The 35-year-old right-arm pacer achieved this milestone against Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Despite Southee’s 1-25 in 4 overs, Pakistan won that match by 5 wickets and conveniently chased down the target of 135 with 8 balls remaining. He holds a record of taking 164 wickets in 125 T20I matches at an average of 22.17 and a 7.99 economy rate. Also, he became the first bowler in the T20 internationals history to take 150-plus wickets.

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