India is a team that performs admirably in all three formats. Indian bowlers have an incredible record in international T20 cricket and are well-known for their performances in the T20 format. India won the first ever Twenty- 20 World cup in a blockbuster final against Pakistan. In T20, bowling is regarded as the hardest task to complete. Due to the unpredictable hard surfaces in T20s, it is difficult for bowlers to survive. Over the past few years, Indian bowlers have made a great impact and have produced some of the finest T20 bowlers. In this article, we will look at the Top 10 Indian bowlers with the highest wickets in T20Is:
1. Yuzvendra Chahal
Chahal is an Indian right-arm leg break bowler and is currently known as one of the best spinners in the world. He played Zimbabwe in his first T20 match in 2016. Chahal has taken 79 wickets in 62 matches with a decent average of 23.94. He has played a significant role in the Indian cricket team with clever leg spin bowling. His best bowling performance in the T20 format is a 6 for 25 which makes him the highest wicket-taker for the Indian team.
2. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and is one of the world's best fast bowlers. He made his T20 debut against Pakistan in 2012. Bhuvneshwar has claimed 73 wickets in 72 matches at an average of 23.43. He is popular as one of the most dangerous swingers in his prime years. 5 for 24 is his best performance in the T20 format.
3. Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah is a right-arm fast bowler and is considered one of the finest bowlers in the world. He made his T20 debut against West Indies in 2016. Bumrah has 69 wickets to his name in 59 matches with an average of 19.46. He is the only player in the Indian team with the most maiden overs in T20 (9). Bumrah has one of the best Yorkers in cricket and contributed so much to the Indian team. His best performance is 3 for 11 in the T20.
4. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin is a right-arm off-break bowler and is considered one of the best spinners of the generation. He made his T20 debut in 2010 against Zimbabwe. Ashwin has grabbed 64 wickets in 54 matches at an average of 21.53. He is the first Indian to take 50 T20I wickets and holds the record for claiming 26 wickets in the T20 World cup. Aswin’s best performance is four wickets for eight runs.
5. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya is an all-rounder and is one of the best all-rounders on the Indian cricket team. He made his debut against Australia in 2016. In 67 matches, Pandya has taken 50 wickets at an average of 27.80. Pandya made history by becoming the first Indian to grab four wickets and score more than 30 runs in the same T20I. His best performance is 4 for 33 in the T20I. Pandya is one of the most crucial players of the Indian team who can give an incredible show whenever needed.
6. Ravindra Jadeja
Jadeja is an all-rounder and is one of the best fielders in cricket. He is an expert in every aspect of the game and is capable of anything. He made his debut in 2009 in T20 cricket. Jadeja has grabbed 50 wickets in 67 matches with an average of 28.54. His best performance was 3 for 15 in T20. Jadeja is one of the most crucial players for the Indian team in T20Is.
7. Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav is a slow left-arm wrist spin bowler who plays for the Indian team. He made his T20 debut in 2017 against West Indies. Kuldeep has played 25 matches and has taken 44 wickets with an average of 14.02. His best T20 performance is five wickets for 25 runs in a match. He is the first left-arm wrist spin bowler to take five wickets in a single game in T20I and the third Indian to take a five-wicket haul in the T20Is.
8. Ashish Nehra
Nehra is a left-arm fast-medium bowler and a former cricketer of the Indian cricket team. In 2009 against Sri Lanka, he played his first T20I match. Nehra has claimed 34 wickets in 27 Matches with an average of 22.29. Nehra is known as one of the best bowlers on the Indian team in his era. His best performance came in the 2016 T20 World Cup where he took three wickets for 19 and became the Man of the match.
9. Shardul Thakur
Shardul is a right-arm medium-fast bowler who plays for the Indian team. In T20, he made his debut against South Africa in 2018. Shardul has bagged 33 wickets in 25 matches with an average of 23.39. His bowling length is very accurate and could improve more to perform well in the upcoming matches. His best performance is 4 for 27 in the T20Is.
10. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh is a former Indian cricketer who is known as one of the best all-rounders on the Indian cricket team. He was known for his aggressive batting and bowling style. He played Scotland in his first T20I match in 2007. In T20, Yuvraj has taken 28 wickets in 58 matches with an average of 17.82. He holds the record for hitting six sixes in 6 deliveries and hitting the fastest fifty in 12 balls in T20I cricket. His best performance in T20Is is 3 for 17.