Bangladesh premier bowler Shakib Al Hasan, who has taken 41 wickets in his World Cup T20 career, holds the record for most wickets in T20 World Cup History. Shakib has featured in all editions of ICC Men’s World Cup T20.

Now we are heading for another edition of this marquee tournament. ICC Men’s World Cup T20 2022 is one of the most awaited sporting events that will be held from October, 16 to November, 13, across eight venues in Australia. A total of 16 teams will take part in the eighth edition of this marquee event. The preparation of all participating groups is in full swing and will be eyeing lifting the World Cup T20 Trophy on November, 13 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Which Ten Bowlers Have Taken The Most Wickets In T20 World Cup History?

Most Wickets In T20 World Cup
RankBowler NameMatchWkts
#1Shakib Al Hasan3141
#2Shahid Afridi3439
#3Lasith Malinga3138
#4Sajeed Ajmal2336
#5Ajantha Mendis2135
#6Umar Gul2435
#7Dale Steyn2330
#8Stuart Board2630
#9Dwayne Bravo3427
#10R Ashwin1826

#1. Shakib Al Hasan

ICC 2022 World Cup Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan with 41 wickets tops the chart of highest wicket-taker in T20 World Cup history. Shakib Al Hasan has featured in 31 games for Bangladesh and picked 41 scalps at a bowling strike rate of 16.1 and an average of 17.29 in his WC T20 career. He will be leading the Bangladesh cricket team in the upcoming ICC World Cup T20 2022. Now, we take a look at his wickets in T20 WC edition-wise.

YearMatchWickets
ICC T20 World Cup 200756
ICC T20 World Cup 200922
ICC T20 World Cup 201024
ICC T20 World Cup 201220
ICC T20 World Cup 201478
ICC T20 World Cup 2016710
ICC T20 World Cup 2021611

#2. Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi

One of the best Pakistan all-rounders, Shahid Afridi, is the second-highest wicket-taker in the ICC World Cup T20. The most remarkable thing about him is how he developed his game over the years from a dangerous top-order batter to Pakistan’s one of the finest leg spinners. Afridi has featured in six editions of WC T20 and has picked 39 wickets at an average of 23.25 in 34 T20 matches.

ICC T20 WC EditionMatchWickets
2007712
2009711
201064
201264
201444
201644

#3. Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga ranks third on the list of most wickets in T20 World Cup with 38 wickets in WC T20. The yorker specialist has appeared in five editions of this marquee tournament. Malinga has played 31 T20 matches in his T20 WC career and picked 38 wickets at an average of 20.07 and a strike rate of 16.2.

ICC T20 WC EditionMatchWickets
200757
2009712
201066
201278
201465

#4. Sajeed Ajmal

Sajeed Ajmal has played 23 games in his ICC Men’s T20 WC career and picked 36 wickets at a remarkable bowling average of 16.86 and strike rate of 14.8. The right-arm off-break played his maiden T-20 WC in 2009 and played an important part in winning the trophy for Pakistan by picking 12 wickets in the ICC Men’s WC T20 2009.

ICC T20 WC EditionMatchWickets
2009712
2010611
201269
201444

#5. Ajantha Mendis

The mystery spinner from Sri Lanka, Ajantha Mendis, has an astonishing record in World Cup T-20. The right-arm off-break spinner has an exceptional bowling strike rate of 13.4 and an average of 15.02 in 21 T20 games in his T-20 World Cup career. With 35 wickets to his name in WC T-20, he takes the fifth spot on our list of highest wicket-taker in the T20 World Cup.

He was the leading wicket-taker in the 4th edition of ICC Men’s World Cup T20 in 2012, with 15 wickets.

ICC T20 WC EditionMatchWickets
2009712
201054
2012615
201434

#6. Umar Gul

Pakistan’s right-arm fast-medium pacer, Umar Gul, has played 24 games in four editions of ICC WC T20 and took 35 wickets at a bowling average of 17.25 and strike rate of 14.1. Umar Gul was the leading wicket-taker in the first two editions of the World Cup T20.

ICC T20 WC EditionMatchWickets
2007713
2009713
201253
201446

#7. Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn featured in five editions of the T-20 World Cup and picked 30 wickets at an average of 19.30 and a strike rate of 16.6 in 23 T20 games in his T20 WC career. His maiden WC T20 was in 2009, where he picked 9 wickets.

ICC T20 WC EditionMatchWickets
200969
201055
201256
201459
201621

#8. Stuart Board

The English fast bowler, Stuart Board has taken a total of 30 wickets in 26 T20 games in the ICC T20 World Cup. He picked these wickets at a bowling average of 22.36 and strike rate of 17.3.

ICC T20 WC EditionMatchWickets
200755
200956
201078
201257
201444

#9. Dwayne Bravo

DJ Bravo played a crucial role in winning the T20 WC title twice for the West Indies cricket team. Bravo has featured in 34 T20 games in his World Cup T20 career and picked 27 wickets at a strike rate of 19.2.

ICC T20 WC EditionMatchWickets
200720
2009610
201055
201250
201451
201669
202152

#10. R Ashwin

R Ashwin

The right-arm off-break spinner from India has appeared in four editions of World Cup T20 and has taken a total of 26 wickets at an exceptional strike rate of 15.2. He took 5 wickets in his first edition of T-20 WC in 2012. Ashwin is selected in India’s squad for World Cup T20 2022.

ICC T20 WC EditionMatchWickets
201245
2014611
201654
202136

FAQ

Who is the most wicket-taker in WC T20 2021?

Wanindu Hasaranga, who has taken 16 wickets, holds the record for most wickets in World Cup T20 2021.

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