Cricket fans love to see cracking fours and humongous sixes from the willow of top batsmen. T20 cricket is exciting to fans because these moments are provided in abundance but is a nightmare for the bowlers. So, let’s look at the leading wicket takers in every World T20 Cup who overcame the challenges of T20 cricket and proved their mettle.
1. U Gul
World T20 Cup: 2007 & 2009
Former pace sensation from Pakistan, U Gul was the leading wicket taker in the first two editions of the World T20 Cup. In the inaugural World T20 Cup, Gul picked up 13 wickets and helped Pakistan to reach the finals. Gul was on a purple patch as he picked up 13 wickets once again in the subsequent World T20 Cup in England and helped Pakistan to lift the trophy for the first time. His best performance was a 5-wicket haul at The Oval against New Zealand in 2009 World T20 Cup.
2. D Nannes
World T20 Cup: 2010
One of the few cricketers to represent multiple nations at international level, Nannes was the leading wicket taker in 2010 World T20 Cup held in West Indies. The left-arm seamer had a successful individual campaign as he picked up 14 wickets at an average of 13.07. Although Australia ended up as runners-up, his effort with the ball helped the Kangaroos reach their first T20 finals.
3. A Mendis
Team: Sri Lanka
World T20 Cup: 2012
The inventor of ‘carrom ball’ deceived the best batters of the world throughout his career. The leading wicket taker in 2012 World T20 Cup with 15 wickets, Mendis bowled the best spell in history of the tournament against Zimbabwe. Playing on his home ground, Mendis picked up 6 wickets in 4 overs and bowled 2 maiden overs in a single spell against the Chevrons. On the back of his solid performances, Sri Lanka reached their second T20 finals in 4 years.
4. I Tahir
Team: South Africa
World T20 Cup: 2014
The cricket career of ever-energetic Tahir may have started a bit late but it was worth the wait for the fans of Proteas. The leg-spinner topped the bowling charts as he picked up 12 wickets in the 2014 World Cup. Bowling at an average of 10.91, Tahir was also the most economical bowler of the tournament. His performances caught the eye of franchises across several T20 leagues around the world.
5. M Nabi
World T20 Cup: 2016
The current Afghan skipper was the shining star of his team in the 2016 World T20 Cup. At an average of 13.66, Nabi picked up 12 wickets in 7 matches and was the leading wicket taker. Nabi, an old-school off spinner, helped Afghanistan to qualify from the group stages and reach the Super-10 to compete against the cricketing giants.
6. W Hasaranga
Team: Sri Lanka
World T20 Cup: 2021
Sri Lanka’s new found match winner W. Hasaranga, was the bowler to watch out for in the 2021 World T20 Cup held in Dubai. On the slow, turning tracks of UAE, Hasaranga was almost unplayable at times. The right-arm leg spinner picked up 16 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 9.75 and a mind-blowing economy of 5.20. Later on in the tournament, Hasaranga was adjudged as the Most Valuable Player with an impact index of 589.59.
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