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Top 10: Bowlers with Most Wickets in T20 World Cup History

In a format dominated by batters, it’s quite important to have skilled bowlers on the team. And if the teams are participating in the T20 World Cup, then bowlers are the key to clinching the trophy.

Bowlers equipped with effective variations and strategies have troubled the batters in the T20 tournament. The World Cup has witnessed many bowlers turn the matches on their heads by picking up wickets at crucial stages.

In this article, we’ll list the top 10 bowlers with the most wickets in T20 World Cup history.

Most Wickets in T20 World Cup

PlayerInningsWicketsAverage
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)354718.63
Shahid Afridi (PAK)343923.25
Lasith Malinga (SL)313820.07
Saeed Ajmal (PAK)233616.86
Ajantha Mendis (SL)213515.02
Umar Gul (PAK)243517.25
Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)243217.25
Wanindu Hasaranga (SL)163111.45
Dale Steyn (SA)233019.30
Stuart Broad (ENG)253022.36

Key Insights

Shakib Al Hasan is the leading wicket-taker in T20 World Cup history. He is on the verge of becoming the first bowler to take 50 wickets in the tournament.

Anrich Nortje’s bowling average of 9.90 is the lowest among the bowlers with 20 or more wickets in the T20 competition. He also has the best bowling strike, as he scalps a wicket after every 11th delivery (11.05).

Wanindu Hasaranga has picked up the most wickets in a single T20 World Cup edition. The Sri Lankan spinner grabbed 16 wickets in 2021. He followed that up with 15 wickets in the 2022 tourney, making him the only bowler to take 15 or more wickets in 2 editions.

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Ajantha Mendis delivered the best bowling figures in a T20 World Cup match. The Sri Lankan mystery spinner rattled Zimbabwe’s 6 wickets by conceding only 8 runs in 2012.

10 bowlers have taken 5 or more wickets in an innings in the T20 tournament’s history.

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