Top 5 bowlers with most wickets in T20 World Cup history

The ninth edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2024 started on June 2 (for US timings it is June 1) and the tournament is running successfully witnessing several captivating moments. Over these years, this action-packed t20 tournament recorded numerous thrilling finishes and bowlers exhibited their skills to restrict the batter’s ability to score runs.

Have you ever wondered who is the leading bowler in the T20 World Cup history to grab the most wickets? It’s none other than the Bangladeshi star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

In this review, let’s find out the stats of Shakib Al Hasan as well as other international bowlers who achieved the most number of wickets till the current season of the T20 World Cup so far in detail…

Top 5 Leading Wicket Takers in T20 World Cup History

From Shakib Al Hasan to Ajantha Mendis, here is the list of top five bowlers who rank as the leading wicket-takers in the T20 World Cup history:

1. Shakib Al Hasan (BANGLADESH): 47 Wickets

Shakib Al Hasan played 36 matches starting from the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007 till the previous season in 2022. He took 47 wickets in 35 innings and includes these best stats listed below:

  • Average Rate: 18.63
  • Bowling Economy Rate: 6.78
  • Bowling Strike Rate: 16.48
  • Best Bowling Figures in the Tournament Innings: 4-9 ( 4 wickets by conceding 9 runs)
  • Overs / Balls Bowled: 129.1 overs / 775 balls bowled
  • Overall Runs Conceded: 876
  • Number of Maiden Overs: Yet to be achieved
  • 4-fer:3
  • 5-fer: 0

Interestingly, Shakib Al Hasan and Indian skipper Rohit Sharma are the only two international players who have participated in every edition of the T20 World Cup starting from the first edition. Once again, Shakib is part of Bangladesh’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2024, and it is expected that he will grab more wickets in the ongoing season to rank at the leading position in this list with a dominating record.

2. Shahid Afridi (PAKISTAN): 39 Wickets

Former Pakistani bowling-all-rounder Shahid Afridi has participated in six editions of the T20 World Cup ( 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016) and played 34 matches. He took 39 wickets in 34 innings and the stats are mentioned below in detail:

  • Average Rate:  23.25
  • Bowling Economy Rate: 6.71
  • Bowling Strike Rate: 20.76
  • Best Bowling Figures in the Tournament Innings: 4-11 ( 4 wickets by conceding 11 runs)
  • Overs / Balls Bowled: 135 overs / 810 balls bowled
  • Overall Runs Conceded: 907 runs
  • Number of Maiden Overs: 1
  • 4-fer:2
  • 5-fer: 0

3. Lasith Malinga (SRI LANKA): 38 Wickets

Former Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga appeared in 31 matches of the T20 World Cup’s five editions (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014). He took 38 wickets in 31 innings and the best stats are listed below:

  • Average Rate:  20.07
  • Bowling Economy Rate: 7.43
  • Bowling Strike Rate: 16.21
  • Best Bowling Figures in the Tournament Innings:5-31 (5 wickets by conceding 31 runs)
  • Overs / Balls Bowled: 102.4 overs / 616 balls bowled
  • Overall  Runs Conceded: 763 runs
  • Number of Maiden Overs: Yet to be achieved
  • 4-fer:0
  • 5-fer: 1

4. Saeed Ajmal (PAKISTAN): 36 Wickets

The former Pakistani off-spin bowler made his appearance in 4 editions of the T20 World Cup in the years 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014 by playing 23 matches. He grabbed 36 wickets in 23 innings and his best stats are listed below:

  • Average Rate: 16.86
  • Bowling Economy Rate: 6.79
  • Bowling Strike Rate: 14.88
  • Best Bowling Figures in the Tournament Innings: 4-19 (4 wickets by conceding 19 runs)
  • Overs / Balls Bowled: 89.2 overs / 536 balls bowled
  • Overall Runs Conceded: 607 runs
  • Number of Maiden Overs: 1
  • 4-fer:3
  • 5-fer: 0

5. Ajantha Mendis (SRI LANKA): 35 Wickets

The former Sri Lankan off-spinner featured in 4 editions of the T20 World Cup in the years 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014 by playing 21 matches. He achieved 35 wickets in 21 innings and his best stats in the tournament are listed below:

  • Average Rate: 15.02
  • Bowling Economy Rate: 6.7
  • Bowling Strike Rate: 13.45
  • Best Bowling Figures in the Tournament Innings: 6-8 (6 wickets by conceding 8 runs)
  • Overs / Balls Bowled: 78.3 overs / 471 balls bowled
  • Overall Runs Conceded: 526 runs
  • Number of Maiden Overs: 3
  • 4-fer:1
  • 5-fer: 1

Conclusion:

Ultimately, the present as well as the upcoming editions of the T20 World Cup are expected to progress at a dynamic pace to provide huge entertainment to fans. Especially, the younger generation bowlers with their active performance on the field will certainly break the record of the above-mentioned legendary cricketers in the upcoming years.

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