The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on the entire world and changed its procedure entirely. Nothing got spared due to this pandemic and everything got either cancelled or postponed. The same happened with the world of sports as well and all the matches and games got postponed and rescheduled. But this did not disturb the performances of some of the stars of the game. As the bowlers around the world started dominating the shortest version of the game, we give you the top five bowlers with the most T20I wickets.
Shakib-Al-Hasan, the number one ranked all-rounder from Bangladesh is now the leading wicket-taker in T20I cricket. The left-arm orthodox has gone past Malinga's record against Scotland in the 2021 T20 World Cup. With the second wicket against the Scottish team, he became the bowler with most t20i wickets. He is also the only player to score 1000+ t20i runs and take 100+ t20i wickets.
The Sri Lankan veteran cricketer was at the top of the list with the most T20i wickets. He is indeed one of the best bowlers in limited-overs. His techniques of swinging yorkers and sending batsmen out of the field consecutively were some of the many abilities that made him so special among all. The former captain fulfilled his responsibilities in the best way possible in the 2014 T20 World Cup when Sri Lanka lifted the winner trophy. That series is definitely one of the most memorable moments of his career. Malinga replaced Dinesh Chandimal and became the captain of the team in between the ongoing world cup and changed the fate of the team entirely. He made sure to give his best as a bowler and as a captain and brought the trophy to the home. Also, he became the second Sri Lankan captain to win an ICC World Cup. Also in the series against New Zealand in September 2019 'Slinga Malinga' became the first-ever bowler to take 100 wickets in T20i cricket. He is also the first bowler with 2 T20i hattricks and 2nd bowler with 4 wickets in 4 consecutive balls in T20i cricket. In his T20i cricket career, he played in 83 innings and picked up 107 wickets with an average of 20.79 and an economy of 7.42.
The outswinger of the New Zealand cricket team is the second bowler on this list. Tim Southee is one of the youngest players of New Zealand to make his debut in the international team. Through his excellence and skills, he became a permanent team member in all three formats for New Zealand. The start of his T20I international career has been great. He picked his 1st wicket in his debut match and became the best bowler of New Zealand in the very second match. In his second match against England, he picked up 2 wickets and gave 22 runs in only 4 overs. His mastery of delivering the pace depending on the surface and the situation is one of his most important expertise. The Kiwi bowler has always been a crucial member of the team and has performed notably in all the formats of the match. He is only one wicket away from a record 100 wickets. In 81 innings he has picked up 99 wickets with an average of 25.17 and an economy of 8.39.
Shahid Afridi is the fourth bowler with the most wickets in T20I cricket. The Pakistani cricketer is known for his great skills as an all-rounder. His aggressive batting method and leg spins made him famous and well known globally. His career in T20I matches has been great and his records speak for it. He contributed to the team both as a batsman and a bowler. He gave his complete performance in every match and became the captain with the most wickets (40) in T20I matches. Also, he scored the most runs (2362) as a bowler in T20Is. In limited overs, his contribution for a very small period of time could change the team's fate a lot of times. In his T20I career, he has picked up 98 wickets in 97 innings with an average of 24.44 and an economy of 6.63.
Rashid Khan from Afghanistan is the next player on this list. At a very young age, he has achieved a lot and contributed a lot to his nation's cricket team. He made his T20I in October 2015 against Zimbabwe. The young Afghanistan cricketer also became the captain of the team across all three formats since 2019. He is definitely one of the greatest cricketers of Afghanistan. The young lad became the fastest bowler to pick up 50 weekends in T20I matches in June 2018. He was also the top player of the ICC player rankings for bowlers in T20Is. Still his last T20 international match against Zimbabwe. He has played in 51 innings and has picked up a whopping 95 wickets with an average of 12.63 and an economy of 6.21.