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Top 10: Bowlers with Most Wickets in a Single T20 World Cup Edition

There’s no doubt batters have a huge role to play in T20Is, but bowlers’ performances cannot be understated. Bowlers have the mighty task of keeping a lid on batters and strangling them for every single run while picking up wickets.

Their role becomes even more prominent in multi-nation tournaments like the T20 World Cup. A bowler’s performance can make a huge difference in a team’s overall campaign.

Over the years, the T20I competition has witnessed bowlers put out remarkable performances consistently throughout a single edition.

On that note, let’s look at the top 10 instances of bowlers taking the most wickets in a single T20 World Cup edition.

Most Wickets in a Single T20 World Cup Edition

PlayerInningsWicketsEconomyEdition
Wanindu Hasaranga (SL)8165.202021
Ajantha Mendis (SL)6156.122012
Wanindu Hasaranga (SL)8156.412022
Dirk Nannes (AUS)7147.032010
Umar Gul (PAK)7135.602007
Umar Gul (PAK)7136.442009
Trent Boult (NZ)7136.252021
Adam Zampa (AUS)7135.812021
Sam Curran (ENG)6136.522022
Bas de Leede (NED)7137.682022

Key Insights

Wanindu Hasaranga holds the record for picking up the most wickets in a single T20 World Cup edition. The Sri Lankan spinner dismissed 16 batters in 8 innings at an impressive average of 9.75 in 2021.

Hasaranga (2021 & 2022) and Umar Gul (2007 & 2009) are the only 2 bowlers who have taken 13 or more wickets in 2 different World Cup editions. Coincidentally, both did this in consecutive tournaments.

Ajantha Mendis and Anrich Nortje have picked up the most four-wicket hauls in a single tourney. Both bowlers grabbed 2 four-fers each, with Mendis achieving it first in 2012 and Nortje levelling the feat in 2022.

South Africa’s Nortje also has the best bowling average (8.54 in 2022) for a bowler in an edition, while his fellow countryman Charl Langeveldt has the best strike rate (8.7 in 2010).

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