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Top 10 Bowlers with Most Wickets in T20 International | Spin Kings and Pace Maestros

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Twenty20 international (T20) is considered one of the most entertaining formats of cricket. The shortest version of the game has forced cricketers to shift to a more explosive style of play, both in hitting and wicket-taking. And with batsmen always looking for opportunities to hit tremendous shots, bowlers have adapted as well. Bowlers must possess not only precision but also consistency, economy, and, crucially, the capability to take wickets under pressure. Here’s the list of top 10 bowlers who have the most wickets in T20 Internationals. None of the Indian bowlers are included in the list of the highest wicket taker in T20 International cricket.

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Top 10 Bowlers with Most Wickets in T20 Internationals

Player Span Mat Balls Overs Runs Wkts Econ
TG Southee (NZ) 2008-2023 114 2492 415.2 3402 144 8.19
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) 2006-2023 117 2535 422.3 2869 140 6.79
Rashid Khan (AFG/ICC) 2015-2023 82 1874 312.2 1925 130 6.16
IS Sodhi (NZ) 2014-2023 102 2119 353.1 2822 126 7.99
SL Malinga (SL) 2006-2020 84 1799 299.5 2225 107 7.42
Shadab Khan (PAK) 2017-2023 92 1951 325.1 2301 104 7.07
Mustafizur Rahman (BAN) 2015-2023 85 1816 302.4 2294 103 7.57
MJ Santner (NZ) 2015-2023 90 1868 311.2 2206 100 7.08
S Lamichhane (ICC/NEP) 2018-2023 52 1175 195.5 1233 98 6.29
MR Adair (IRE) 2019-2023 71 1499 249.5 1920 98 7.68

Tim Southee (New Zealand) | 144 Wickets

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Tim Southee is a prominent New Zealand cricketer known for his exceptional skills as a fast bowler. Tim Southee is renowned for his ability to swing the ball both ways and generate pace, making him a potent force in all formats of the game. His bowling performances have played a crucial role in many of New Zealand’s victories. Southee has taken 144 wickets in 112 innings with an average of 23.62. He is the highest wicket taker in T20 International.

Shakib Al Hassan (Bangladesh) | 140 Wickets

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Undoubtedly, one of the standout performers among recent Bangladeshi players is Shakib Al Hasan. He excels as a brilliant all-rounder and displays remarkable batting talent. With 140 wickets in 117 matches, Shakib could soon go on top of the record books. One of Shakib’s notable achievements is being the only cricketer to simultaneously hold the top spot in the ICC all-rounder rankings in all three formats of the game. He is the 2nd highest wicket taker in T20 International.


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Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) | 130 Wickets

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Rashid Khan, the Afghan leg-spin sensation, is known for his exceptional bowling skills in T20 cricket. Rashid Khan rose to prominence as one of the most exciting spin bowlers in the T20 format. His ability to consistently trouble batsmen with his variations and accuracy made him a key player in T20 leagues around the world, including the Indian Premier League (IPL). In total of 82 matches, he took 130 wickets so far.

Ish Sodhi (New Zealand) | 126 Wickets

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Ish Sodhi, also known as Inderbir Singh Sodhi, is a New Zealand cricketer specializing in leg-spin. Having debuted for the New Zealand national team in 2013 in both Test and T20 formats, Sodhi has proven to be a valuable asset, particularly in conditions conducive to spin bowling. Renowned for his sharp turning ability and the capacity to extract bounce, he has contributed significantly to the team. With a total of 102 matches played, Ish Sodhi has secured an impressive 126 wickets. He is the 4th highest wicket taker in T20 International.

Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) | 107 Wickets

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It is hard to identify a unique trait about Lasith Malinga, simply because he has too many of them! What would you choose – his hair, his action- ‘Slinga’ or his wicket-taking ability!  While representing the Lions, Malinga picked up 107 wickets in 84 matches. His ability to deliver consistent yorkers and pick wickets made him one of the most feared bowlers in history.


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Shadab Khan (Pakistan) | 104 Wickets

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Shadab Khan, a prominent figure in Pakistani cricket, is renowned for his bowling prowess, especially in the T20 International format. As a primary leg-spinner, Shadab possesses a versatile skill set, incorporating subtle variations in flight and pace that establish him as a formidable force in T20 cricket. His ability to generate turn and outsmart batsmen has played a pivotal role in numerous victories for the Pakistani team. Notably, Shadab Khan excels as a lower-order batsman, contributing crucial runs at pivotal moments for the team. His dual proficiency as both a bowler and a capable batsman significantly enhances his impact in T20I cricket, evidenced by his impressive record of 104 wickets in 92 matches.

Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh) | 103 Wickets

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Mustafizur’s unique strength lies in his capacity to deliver a diverse range of slower balls and off-cutters, creating a formidable challenge for batsmen anticipating his next move. His expertise in executing cutters has earned him the moniker “The Fizz.” The element of unpredictability and his ability to adapt to diverse game scenarios make him an invaluable asset in T20 cricket, where quick thinking and innovation are paramount. Mustafizur’s success in T20 Internationals can be credited to his astute use of pace variations, complemented by pinpoint accuracy. Across 85 matches, he has claimed 103 wickets at an impressive average of 22.27.

Mitchell Santner (New Zealand) | 100 Wickets

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Mitchell Santner has emerged as a crucial contributor for New Zealand in T20 International (T20I) cricket, primarily attributed to his impactful left-arm spin. In the dynamic and fast-paced realm of T20 cricket, Santner has showcased his prowess in diverse T20 leagues and international tournaments. A standout attribute in his T20I repertoire is Santner’s adeptness at maintaining control over the run rate through precise and economical bowling. Over the course of 90 matches, he has accumulated an impressive tally of 100 wickets.


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Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal) | 98 Wickets

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Sandeep Lamichhane has proven to be a valuable asset with his leg-spin in T20 International (T20I) cricket, leaving a notable impact through his performances. His capacity to impart dual spin and introduce variations in pace poses a formidable challenge for batsmen in the condensed format of the game. Typically employed during the middle overs of T20Is, Lamichhane endeavors to secure crucial breakthroughs for his team. With a total of 52 matches played, he has already claimed an impressive tally of 98 wickets. He is the 9th highest wicket taker in T20 International.

Mark Adair (Ireland) | 98 Wickets

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Mark Adair has transformed into a pivotal presence in Ireland’s bowling lineup throughout his cricketing journey. Renowned for his capacity to generate pace and induce movement in the ball, Adair has proven to be a valuable asset in both ODIs and T20 Internationals. His noteworthy performances are characterized by a blend of precise line and length, coupled with the ability to secure crucial breakthroughs for his team. Having consistently featured in Ireland’s squads across diverse international competitions, Adair has played a significant role in their pursuit to establish themselves as a formidable force in global cricket. Over the course of 71 matches, he has impressively taken 98 wickets.

  • It is an astonishing fact that no Indian bowlers feature in top ten bowlers list of most wickets in T20 Internationals. The closest Indian with the most wickets is Yuzvendra Chahal who stands at number 13 with 96 wickets in 80 T20 international matches.

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