Top 5 Bowlers With Most Wickets In T20Is

image-lrazrkn9Tim Southee becomes the first-ever bowler to pick 150 T20I wickets

Ever since the T20 format has been introduced in cricket, it has been the biggest entertainer for everyone. While the batters like to showcase their strokeplay and cash in on the powerplays, the bowlers tend to bowl right on the money from the first delivery of their spells to get maximum wickets. 

There have been many T20 specialist bowlers, who have managed to keep the batters quiet and even pick wickets in bunch. OneCricket brings you the leading wicket-takers in the shortest format of the game at the greatest level, as Tim Southee becomes the first-ever player to pick 150 wickets in the T20 Internationals.

Let's have a look at the top five bowlers with the most wickets in the T20Is.

Tim Southee - 151 Wickets (New Zealand)

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Where the fast bowlers struggle to bowl in the shortest format of the game, Tim Southee has been one extra-ordinary speedster since his T20I debut in 2008. He is the only bowler to have picked 150 T20 international wickets and is currently at the top of the list of leading wicket-takers in the shortest format. 

With 118 T20I matches under his belt, Southee is not only one of Kiwis' finest but also one of the most successful fast bowlers in the cricket world. He has a total of 151 wickets now in the shortest format, which is the most by any bowler with an economy rate of 8.11 and the best figures of 5/18, which came against Pakistan in 2010. 

Shakib Al Hasan - 140 Wickets (Bangladesh)

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One of the stalwarts of Bangladesh cricket and the top-ranked all-rounder in the shortest format, Shakib Al Hasan has been ruling Bangladesh cricket since his debut in 2006 with his magnificent performances. He comes second on the list of leading wicket-takers with 140 scalps in the shortest format of the game. 

In 117 T20I appearances, he managed to not only pick a lot of wickets but has bowled with an economy of just 6.79. Shakib has taken a fifer two times and a four-wicket haul five times in his T20I career so far. Apart from his bowling, he is an amazing batter as well and can smash some long balls. 

Rashid Khan - 130 Wickets (Afghanistan)

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Whenever there's a discussion about bowlers in the shortest format of the game, Rashid Khan can't be ignored. He has been the actual T20 specialist and has done extremely well since his debut for Afghanistan in 2015. In such a short span of time, he is racing towards the top spot in the leading wicket-takers chart with his exceptional skill of leg-sin bowling. 

Whether it's the flipper or the googly, Rashid has mastered the art of leg-spin bowling and has managed to clip 130 wickets in just 82 T20I innings. When it comes to the economy rate, the Afghan spinner has managed to not give many runs with the economy of just 6.19, which is one of the best on the international stage.

Ish Sodhi - 127 Wickets (New Zealand)

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Ish Sodhi is the second Kiwi player to feature in the list of the players with the most wickets in the T20I format. The Kiwis might not play him in the 50-over format, but he is the most essential part of their T20I squad. Undoubtedly, he possesses the ability to take wickets in the bunch and put the opposition on the back foot. 

With his googlies and quicker ones, Sodhi has managed to scalp 127 T20 International wickets in 106 games. He has been able to maximise his performance thrice where he managed to pick a four-wicket haul. Whenever the team needs a wicket, Ish Sodhi steps up and delivers.

Lasith Malinga - 107 Wickets (Sri Lanka)

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One of the most fiery and dangerous bowlers the batters would have ever faced is undoubtedly, Lasith Malinga from Sri Lanka. With his unorthodox action, he has managed to trouble the best of batters in the world since the beginning of his career to the point where he announced retirement, especially in the shortest format of the game. 

In 84 T20Is, Malinga managed to scalp 107 wickets. He also features in the elite list of players who have picked a hat-trick in the T20Is and that too twice, one against Bangladesh and the other against New Zealand. With an economy rate of just 7.42, Malinga was nothing short of an impeccable gun for Sri Lanka.