Top 20 Bowlers With Most Wickets In The T20 World Cup

Most Wickets In The T20 World Cup

We are not very far away from the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 which is the 9th edition of this tournament. So far we have witnessed many great knocks from batsmen and match-turning bowling spells in the previous 8 editions. 

In short-format tournaments, cricket fans often forget to recognize the crucial role bowlers play in leading their team to victory. We have discussed the top batsmen with the most runs in another article, here we are going to take a look at the bowlers with the most wickets in the T20 World Cup.

Most Wickets In The T20 World Cup

Most Wickets In The T20 World Cup

It seems the T20 cricket favors the batsmen who are often seen dominating the games. Batters have adopted a different style of batting in this short-form cricket and so the bowlers too have introduced some variations to put silence on their bats.

In the history of one of the most important tournaments, the T20 World Cup, we have seen many great performances from individual players. From the Bangladeshi spin bowler, Shakib Al Hasan to the right-arm off-break bowler Nathan McCullum, here are some of the best bowlers in this ICC event:

2007-2022Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)3647
2007-2016Shahid Afridi (PAK)3439
2007-2014SL Malinga (SL)3138
2009-2014Saeed Ajmal (PAK)2336
2009-2014BAW Mendis (SL)2135
2007-2014Umar Gul (PAK)2435
2012-2022R Ashwin (IND)2432
2021-2022PW Hasaranga (SL)1631
2009-2016DW Steyn (SA)2330
2007-2014SCJ Broad (ENG)2630
2010-2022TG Southee (NZ)2229
2012-2022MA Starc (AUS)2027
2007-2021DJ Bravo (WI)3427
2014-2022TA Boult (NZ)1425
2016-2022IS Sodhi (NZ)1725
2012-2016S Badree (WI)1524
2007-2014M Morkel (SA)1724
2016-2022A Zampa (AUS)1423
2016-2022Rashid Khan (AFG)1523
2007-2016NL McCullum (NZ)2223

If we look at the top 5 players, at the number one position is seated Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who has taken 41 wickets in just 31 matches. Following him at the second position is legendary Pakistan bowler Shahid Afridi who has played 34 matches and took 39 wickets. Another Pakistani bowler in the top five is Saeed Ajmal who is at the 4 number with 36 wickets in 23 matches.

Similar to Pakistan, there are two bowlers from Sri Lanka as well. At the second number is one of the greatest pace bowler, Lasith Malinga, who has dismissed 38 batters in 31 matches. At the fifth position is the Ajantha Mendis with 35 wickets in 21 matches. Mendis is also present in another list that we are going to explore next – highest wicket takers in a single edition.

Most Wickets In Every Edition

In 2012 the Sri Lankan bowler, Ajanta Mendis took 15 wickets in 6 matches. For almost a decade he held the record of most wickets in a single edition of the T20 World Cup, but recently in the previous season, another Sri Lankan bowler, Wanindu Hasaranga broke the record of taking 16 wickets in 8 matches. Here you can see the complete list of leading wicket-takers in each edition:

2007Umar Gul713Pakistan
2009Umar Gul713Pakistan
2010Drik Nannes714Australia
2012Ajantha Mendis615Sri Lanka
2014Imran Tahir512South Africa
2016Mohammad Nabi712Afghanistan
2021Wanindu Hasaranga816Sri Lanka

So these were some of the most successful bowlers in the history of the T20 World Cup. This next edition of this ICC event will be played soon, we woulc recommend you to check our another article for more information: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024: Complete Schedule