Country-wise Best Bowling Figures in T20 International Cricket.
A Twenty20 International (T20I) is a form of cricket played between two of the international members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), in which each team faces a maximum of twenty overs. The matches have top-class status and are the highest T20 standard. The game is played under the rules of Twenty20 cricket.
Here are the country-wise best bowling figures in T20 International.
1. Rashid Khan – Afghanistan
The Young Afghan Right hand leggie Rashid Khan has an incredible record to date in the T20 format, having amassed 95 wickets in 51 games, at an average of just 12.63. With a strike-rate of 12.19, the No.2-ranked men’s T20I bowler boasts a T20 career-best 5/3 against Ireland in 2017. Rashid Khan has been named as the ICC Men’s T20I Player of the Decade.
2. Ashton Agar – Australia
Australian left arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar claimed record national figures of 6-30 against New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium. He was adjudged as the ‘Player of the Match’ as Australia defeated the Black Caps by 64 runs to register their first win in the ongoing five-match T20I series. In the T20I, he has grabbed 38 wickets in 32 games with an economy of 6.88 and strike rate of 17.05. He is currently standing on the 3rd spot of the ICC Men’s T20I Bowling rankings.
3. Elias Sunny – Bangladesh
Mohammad Elias Sunny is a handy left-handed batsman and left-arm spinner who started playing international cricket since 2011. He made his T20I debut in July 2012 against Ireland and took 5/13 from his 4 overs, including a maiden to restrict the hosts to 119/8 and thus result in a solid 71-run win. He won the Man of the Match award for that game and registered the best figures on a T20I debut.
4. Chris Jordan – England
Chris Jordan is a right-arm fast bowler and a handy tail-ender. He has picked 45 wickets in 34 matches with the best figures of 4/6 in just two overs. He has picked his all-time best bowling figures against West-Indies. He is currently standing on the 16th spot of the ICC Men’s T20I Bowling rankings.
5. Deepak Chahar – India
India pacer Deepak Chahar created a record for the best bowling figures in a men’s T20I match. He also became the first Indian to take a hat-trick in the shortest format of the game. Chahar ended the match with the figures of 6-7 against Bangladesh. He is currently standing on the 40th spot of the ICC Men’s T20I Bowling rankings.
6. Alex Cusack – Ireland
Australian-born, Alex Cusack was the Right arm fast bowler. Cusack helped Ireland team to victory by scalping 4/18 to restrict Sri Lanka to 144/9. His bowling figures were the best for Ireland in T20Is. He played his last T20I game against Netherland in the year 2015.
7. Tim Southee – New Zealand
Tim Southee, a right-arm swing bowler, burst upon the international scene in great style. Southee was elevated as a stand in captain in a T20I in 2017 and then an ODI in 2018. Southee has picked his best bowling figures against Pakistan. He ended with 5/18 in four overs – at the time his best figures in Twenty20 internationals.
8. Umar Gul – Pakistan
Pakistan’s Right Arm Fast Bowler Umar Gul has picked up Pakistan’s best T20I Bowling figures. Pakistan pacer Umar Gul took 5 wickets for 6 runs in 3 overs against New Zealand. Gul set a world record for the best figures in a T20I game.
9. Dwayne Pretorius – South Africa
Dwaine Pretorius bowled himself into the record books with a superb spell of 5/17 in his four overs in the second T20 between the Proteas and Pakistan in Lahore. Those figures represent South Africa’s best in the format, eclipsing Ryan McLaren’s 5/19 taken against West Indies in Antigua back in 2010. Pretorius also became the first ever player to take five wickets in an innings in a T20 against Pakistan.
10. Ajantha Mendis – Sri Lanka
In a group match of the ICC World T20 tournament in Hambantota on 18 September 2012, Sri Lanka faced Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka batted first and scored 182/4. In reply, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 100 in 17.3 overs. Sri Lanka’s right arm off-spin bowler Ajantha Mendis took 6 wickets for 8 runs in 4 overs, including the scalps of Sibanda, Taylor, Mazakadza, Chigumbura, Utseya and Jarvis. In the process, Mendis broke his own world record that he had set in August 2011.
11. Keemo Paul – West Indies
Keemo Paul is a right-arm fast bowler and a handy tail-ender. He has picked 24 wickets in 20 matches with the best figures of 5/15 in four overs. He has picked his all-time best bowling figures against Bangladesh. Keemo Paul’s 5/15 in four overs, best Windies bowling figures in T20I
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