After the introduction of the shortest format of the game, life became even tougher for the bowlers. However, they still adapted to the situation well and brought out innovative ways to counter the batsmen. In this article, we will have a look at a special set of bowlers who took the most wickets in t20 cricket across various competitions.
Top 10 bowlers with the most wickets in t20 cricket:
10. Andre Russel (325)
The power hitter Andre Russel would have surely been on the top if it was a list of top big hitters. However, he has made his way to no.10 in the list of bowlers with the most wickets in t20 cricket. Andre Russel has taken 325 wickets in 369 matches with an eonomoy of 8.38 and an average of 25.59.
Andre Russel took his T20 wickets for the following teams: Colombo Kings, Comilla Victorians, Delhi Daredevils, Dhaka Dynamites, Islamabad United, Jamaica, Jamaica Tallawahs, Khulna Royal Bengals, Knights, Kolkata Knight Riders, Melbourne Renegades, Multan Sultans, Nangarhar Leopards, Nottinghamshire, Quetta Gladiators, Rajshahi Royals, Sagicor High Performance Centre, Sydney Thunder, West Indians, West Indies, West Indies A, Worcestershire.
9. Wahab Riaz (338)
The left-arm quickie has 338 wickets to his name in 281 matches. His sheer pace makes him a good death over customer which is why his economy is slightly on the higher side (7.35). However, he has a strike rate of 17.7 and his best bowling figure is 5/8.
Wahab Riaz took his T20 wickets for the following teams: Barbados Tridents, Cape Town Blitz, Comilla Victorians, Derbyshire, Dhaka Platoon, Essex, Hyderabad Hawks, Kent, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Lahore Lions, Lahore Region Whites, Lahore Whites, National Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan, Pakistan A, Pakistanis, Peshawar Zalmi, Rangpur Riders, Ruhuna Royals, Southern Punjab (Pakistan), Surrey, Trent Rockets (Men)
8. Shahid Afridi (344)
Apart from hitting big sixes, boom boom Afridi has also picked up 344 wickets in the t20 format. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is just getting better with his age. He has an economy of just under 6.8 and averages at 22.63. His best bowling figure is 5/7.
Shahid Afridi took his T20 wickets for the following teams: Comilla Victorians, Deccan Chargers, Dhaka Dynamites, Dhaka Gladiators, Dhaka Platoon, Galle Gladiators, Hampshire, ICC World XI, Islamabad, Karachi Dolphins, Karachi Kings, Karachi Region Blues, Kent, Melbourne Renegades, Multan Sultans, Northamptonshire, Pakistan, Pakistan A, Pakistanis, Paktia Panthers, Peshawar Zalmi, Rangpur Riders, Ruhuna Royals, Sind, South Australia, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Sylhet Super Stars.
7. Sohail Tanvir (373)
Known for his unorthodox bowling action the Pakistani international features at no.7 in the list. Sohail Tanvir has notched up 373 T20 wickets in 361 matches. He is a very experienced customer and knows how to keep his cool in crunch situations. His best bowling figure is 6/14.
Sohail Tanvir took his T20 wickets for the following teams: Comilla Victorians, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hampshire, Kandurata Warriors, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Lions, Multan Sultans, Northern (Pakistan), Pakistan, Quetta Gladiators, Rajasthan Royals, Rawalpindi, Rawalpindi Rams, Rawalpindi Region, Somerset, South Australia, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, St Lucia Zouks, Sylhet Royals, Sylhet Sixers, Sylhet Super Stars.
6. Rashid Khan (380)
Arguably the best t20 spinner in the world at the moment features at no.6 in the list of bowlers with the most wickets in t20 cricket. Rashid Khan is one of the most dangerous bowlers in this format, he has 380 wickets in just 273 matches. SportzPoint is sure he will rank up to the very top within a couple of seasons. He has an economy of 6.31 which creates pressure on the opponents eventually resulting in wickets. However, teams have become so concerned about him these days, that batsmen don’t even take chances against him.
Rashid Khan took his T20 wickets for the following teams: Adelaide Strikers, Afghanistan, Band-e-Amir Dragons, Barbados Tridents, Comilla Victorians, Durban Heat, Guyana Amazon Warriors, ICC World XI, Kabul Zwanan, Lahore Qalandars, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sussex, Trent Rockets (Men).
5. Shakib Al Hasan (381)
Shakib Al Hasan is the only Bangladeshi featuring in this list with 381 t20 wickets to his name. He is the most successful Bangladeshi player so far and also tops the list of all-rounders. His best bowling figure in an innings rounds up to 6/6 and he also has a very reasonable economy of 6.87.
Shakib Al Hasan took his T20 wickets for the following teams: Adelaide Strikers, Bangladesh, Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, Barbados Tridents, Dhaka Dynamites, Dhaka Gladiators, Gemcon Khulna, Jamaica Tallawahs, Karachi Kings, Khulna Division, Khulna Royal Bengals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Leicestershire, Melbourne Renegades, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Peshawar Zalmi, Prime Bank Cricket Club, Rangpur Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Worcestershire.
4. Lasith Malinga (390)
One of the legends of the game, Lasith Malinga has 390 t20 wickets in just 295 matches. Considered amongst the most lethal death bowlers in the world, Malinga has led both his national team and franchise teams to glory. He was one of the most decorated players in the MI dugout and is now their coach. His best bowling figure in t20 cricket is 6/7 and also has five fifers to his name.
Lasith Malinga took his T20 wickets for the following teams: Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kandy, Kent, Khulna Titans, Melbourne Stars, Mumbai Indians, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Rangpur Riders, Ruhuna, Ruhuna Reds, Ruhuna Royals, Southern Express, Sri Lanka, Sri Lankans.
3. Sunil Narine (399)
Sunil Narine who faced problems with his action multiple times has notched up 399 wickets in 361 matches. One of the best mystery spinners in the game started his T20 journey in 2011. Early in his career, he was a superstar however, after his modified bowling action he was less lethal and was more of an economy bowler. Narine has a very tight economy of 6.08 which is very difficult to achieve as a spinner, especially in the game’s shortest format.
Sunil Narine took his T20 wickets for the following teams: Cape Cobras, Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars, Melbourne Renegades, Oval Invincibles (Men), Sydney Sixers, Trinbago Knight Riders, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies.
2. Imran Tahir (404)
At no. 2 we have the legendary leg spinner Imran Tahir who took 404 wickets in 320 matches. He has an average of 19.72 and a very impressive economy of 6.97 which is outrageous for a spinner. He also has a strike rate of 16.9. Meanwhile, both Bravo and Tahir have similar best bowling figures (5/23). The South African international has 3 fifers to his name, which is incredible considering the format of the game.
Imran Tahir took his T20 wickets for the following teams: Birmingham Phoenix (Men), Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Derbyshire, Dolphins, Durham, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hampshire, Lahore Lions, Lions, Multan Sultans, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Nottinghamshire, Rising Pune Supergiant, South Africa, Surrey, Titans, Warwickshire, World-XI.
1. Dwayne Bravo (532)
A champion on and off the field, the ever-entertaining DJ Bravo features at no.1 in the list. He took 532 wickets in 490 matches and is miles ahead of his counterparts. He also has a decent economy of 8.19 and a strike rate of 17.8. Bravo has an average of 24.42 and his best bowling figure is 5/23.
DJ Bravo took his T20 wickets for the following teams: Chennai Super Kings, Chittagong Kings, Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites, Dolphins, Essex, Gujarat Lions, Kent, Lahore Qalandars, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Middlesex, Mumbai Indians, Paarl Rocks, Quetta Gladiators, Surrey, Sydney Sixers, Trinbago Knight Riders, Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Victoria, West Indians, West Indies.