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Top 10: Best Bowling Figures by a Captain in T20 World Cup

We often see batters donning the hat of captaincy in almost every format of the game. The T20I format is also no different, but a few bowlers have had the honour to lead their teams on the global stage, like the T20 World Cup.

As you know, the shortest format is a bit cruel to bowlers. However, some of these skippers have stood apart by delivering the best performances against formidable opponents.

Here we’ll look at the top 10 best bowling figures by captains in T20 World Cup history.

Best Bowling Figures by Captains in T20 World Cup

CaptainBowling Figures (Overs)AgainstVenueDate
Rashid Khan (AFG)4/17 (4)New ZealandProvidence7 Jun 2024
Daniel Vettori (NZ)4/20 (4)IndiaJohannesburg16 Sep 2007
Zeeshan Maqsood (OMA)4/20 (4)P.N.G.Al Amerat17 Oct 2021
Stuart Broad (ENG)3/24 (4)NetherlandsChattogram31 Mar 2014
Stuart Broad (ENG)3/32 (4)Sri LankaPallekele1 Oct 2012
Dwayne Bravo (WI)2/5 (2)IrelandProvidence30 Apr 2010
Lasith Malinga (SL)2/5 (2)West IndiesMirpur3 Apr 2014
Daren Sammy (WI)2/6 (2)Sri LankaColombo (RPS)7 Oct 2012
Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI)2/10 (2)BangladeshJohannesburg13 Sep 2007
Daniel Vettori (NZ)2/10 (3.1)ZimbabweProvidence4 May 2010

Key Insights

4 for 17 by Rashid Khan are the best bowling figures by a captain in T20 World Cup history. The Afghanistani skipper achieved the feat against New Zealand in 2024.

Daniel Vettori was the first bowler to bag a four-wicket haul as a captain in the T20 World Cup. His bowling figures of 4 for 20 against India were the best until Rashid surpassed him.

3: The economy rate of Rashid Khan in his spell of 2 for 12 against Uganda in 2024. This is the most economical spell among the skippers who bowled their full 4 over quota.

Also Read | What makes Rashid Khan unplayable? (The Four Killing Factors)

Vettori has also picked up the most wickets among the skippers in the global T20 event. The former Blackcaps captain pocketed 18 wickets in 13 games.

Daniel Vettori has scalped 2 or more wickets in 7 T20 World Cup matches, the most by a captain.

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