Batsmen may earn the plaudits most of the time but it is the bowlers who lead teams to championships. Today we look at the list of such match winners, who are the highest wicket takers in World T20 Cup history.
5. A. Mendis
Team: Sri Lanka
The mystery spinner from Colombo sits at the 5th spot for most wickets in the World T20 Cup. Mendis claimed 35 scalps in just 21 matches from 2009 to 201. In the opening fixture of 2012 World T20 Cup, he picked up 6 wickets against Zimbabwe and produced the best bowling performance of the tournament’s history. The leading wicket-taker of 2012 World T20 Cup, he also holds the record of bowling most maiden overs (3) in the tournament.
4. S. Ajmal
The master of the ‘doosra’, Ajmal was one of the most successful bowlers in white-ball cricket. He picked up 36 wickets in 23 matches in 4 different World T20 Cups. He is the only bowler to pick up 4 wickets on 3 separate occasions in the tournament, apart from teammate S. Afridi. His best performance (4/19) came against Ireland in the 2009 World T20 Cup at the Oval.
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3. L. Malinga
Team: Sri Lanka
The king of death overs, Slinga Malinga is the most successful Lankan bowler at the biggest T20 stage. Captain of the 2014 T20 Champions, Malinga has claimed 38 wickets in 31 matches at an average of just 20.07 for Sri Lanka. Only pacer in this list, his best performance of 5/31 came in 2012 against defending T20 champions England.
2. S. Afridi
The aggressive all-rounder is the most successful T20 bowler from Pakistan. The leg-spinner claimed 39 wickets in 34 matches across 5 different World T20 Cups. His most dominant performance of 4/11 came against Netherlands in the successful 2009 World T20 Cup in England. Afridi achieved the feat of 4-wicket haul twice at this stage and is one of the few bowlers to do so.
1. S. Al-Hasan
Arguably the best all-rounder in the world, Shakib has picked up the most wickets in the history of the tournament. The left-arm spinner has 42 wickets in 32 matches and remains the only player to play in every World T20 Cup. His best performance of 4/9 came against minnows Papua New Guinea in the 2021 World T20 Cup. He would be looking to add more wickets to his tally in the ongoing World T20 Cup in Australia.
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