A bowler who is a consistent wicket-taker, can prove to be a handy attacking option in T20 internationals. Various bowlers worldwide have had a bright start to their T20I career, racking up wickets. We will now have a look at the bowlers who took the least number of matches to reach 50 T20I wickets.
10. Bilal Khan
Bilal Khan is a left-arm pacer from Oman. He has been a critical wicket-taker for them. His consistent wicket-taking ability has been a crucial part of Oman’s victories in T20 Internationals. Bilal Khan took his 50th T20I wicket in his 35th match.
9. Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn was a South African pacer. He excelled in all three formats of the game. He was a lethal bowler in test cricket, and also had the lengths and variations to succeed in T20I bowling. Dale Steyn got his best bowling figures of 4-9, just a few weeks after his debut in 2007. However, one of his best performances was, in the 2014 T20 World Cup game against New Zealand, where he took 4-17, and mainly defended seven off the final over, giving away just four runs. Dale Steyn took his 50th T20I wicket in his 35th match.
8. Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal is a leg spinner, and he has been a terrific attacking option for India, mainly in the middle overs. He and Kuldeep Yadav, have ripped apart various opposition lineups in T20Is. Yuzvendra Chahal took his 50th T20I wicket in his 34th match.
7. Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman is a pacer from Bangladesh. He has been a terrific bowler, especially in death overs, with his slow cutters being a potent weapon. He reached 50 T20I wickets, in a match against Zimbabwe, which was a part of a triangular series in 2019. Mustafizur Rahman took his 50th T20I wicket in his 33rd match.
6. Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga is a highly skillful leg spinner from Sri Lanka. He is not only one of the best T20 bowlers in the world, but is also more than a handy batsman. He has made significant contributions with both the bat and the ball, for Sri Lanka in T20Is, in the past 2-3 years. His skill set and skill levels, were a key reason why he got sold for 10.75 crores, in the 2022 IPL auction. Wanindu Hasaranga took his 50th T20I wicket in his 32nd match.
5. Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan, the leg spinner from Afghanistan, is the best T20 spinner in the world, and is also arguably the best T20 bowler. He is a modern-day great in T20s, and has bamboozled various batsmen, across multiple T20 tournaments, across the world. Rashid Khan took his 50th T20I wicket in his 31st match.
4. Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir, was a leg spinner from South Africa, who exhibited his class across all formats. He was a consistent wicket-taker. Imran Tahir took his 50th T20I wicket in his 31st match.
3. Sandeep Lamichhane
Sandeep Lamicchane is a leg spinner from Nepal. Despite being from an Associate nation, he has displayed a lot of skills, and the depth of his bowling ability. He got picked by the IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils, at the age of just 17. He was also a part of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Sandeep Lamicchane took his 50th T20I wicket in his 29th match.
2. Mark Adair
Mark Adair is a medium pacer, and bowling all-rounder from Ireland. He is also one of the few players, who have played a test match for Ireland. He is pretty tall, and his height has provided him some advantages, in hitting some dangerous lengths on the pitch. Mark Adair took his 50th T20I wicket in his 28th match.
1. Ajantha Mendis
Ajantha Mendis was an off-spinner from Sri Lanka. He was one of the best mystery spinners, cricket has ever seen. During the early stages of his career, no batsman could read him, in any format, and he was ripping apart batting line-ups for fun. He took his best bowling figures of 6-8 in a T20 World Cup game against Zimbabwe. However, being a mystery spinner, soon, his tricks started getting found out, and he started fading away. Ajantha Mendis took his 50th T20I wicket in his 26th match.