The first ever Men’s International T20 match was played between Australia and New Zealand back in 2005. Australia defeated New Zealand to win the first ever Men’s International T20 match. Since then, the T20 format has taken the game of cricket by storm. With increasing popularity and shorter time formats, spectators around the world certainly enjoy watching the shortest format of the game unfold in front of their eyes. The cricket fraternity has witnessed some breathtaking bowling performances in the T20I format. Quite a few bowlers delivered superb bowling performances for their respective teams in the T20I format. However, only a few managed to consistently deliver for their country in the shortest version of the game. On that note, let us take a look at the top 5 wicket-takers in T20I cricket:
The current record for the highest wickets in the T20I format is held by former Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga. Popularly known for his pinpoint yorkers and unusual bowling action, Malinga is undoubtedly one of the most deadly pace bowlers to ever play the game of cricket. In 84 T20I matches for Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga scalped an impressive 107 wickets in total. Malinga has scalped two 5 wicket hauls for Sri Lanka in his T20I career.
Shakib Al Hasan
At no 2 in this list is Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan. The 34 year old allrounder is one of Bangladesh’s greatest cricketers of all time. In 88 T20I matches for Bangladesh, Al Hasan has scalped an impressive 106 wickets in total. Shakib Al Hasan also boasts a terrific bowling economy of 6.73 in the T20I format.
At no 3 in this list is New Zealand bowler Tim Southee. The 32 year old has performed superbly for New Zealand in all 3 formats of the game. In 83 T20I matches for New Zealand, Southee scalped an impressive 99 wickets in total. The 32 year New Zealand bowler has scalped one 5 wicket haul in his T20I career.
At no 4 in this list is former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi. In his time, Afridi was one of the best leg spinners in world cricket. Afridi was also renowned for his hard hitting ability in the shortest format of the game. In 99 T20I matches for Pakistan, Shahid Afridi scalped an impressive 98 wickets in total. Afridi also maintained a superb bowling economy of 6.63 in T20I cricket. There is no doubt that Shahid Afridi is one of the greatest Pakistani cricketers of all time.
At no 5 in this list is Afghanistan cricketer Rashid Khan. The 23 year old is currently one of the most feared bowlers in T20I cricket. In just 51 T20I matches, Rashid Khan has scalped an impressive 95 wickets in total. Khan also boasts a superb bowling average of 6.21 in T20I cricket. The 23 year old certainly has the potential to become the leading wicket taker in the shortest format of the game.