Many bowlers have reached the five-wicket mark during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, with the majority of them being crucial to their team’s victory. The list of the finest bowling performances in the T20 World Cup’s history includes up to three Sri Lankans.
Ajantha Mendis – 6/8
Ajantha Mendis, a mysterious spinner from Sri Lanka, had the greatest bowling statistics in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup’s history with 6/8. In the 2012 T20 World Cup against Zimbabwe, he achieved the feat. Mendis’ outstanding bowling performance enabled Sri Lanka to successfully defend their 183-run target and win by a commanding 82 runs.
The result represents the eighth-largest margin of victory in the prestigious ICC competition. Ajantha Mendis’ 6/8 bowling numbers are also the second-best in T20 international cricket, after only bowler Deepak Chahar of the Indian cricket team’s 6/7 against Bangladesh in 2019.
Happy birthday to Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis, who bowled the best ever men’s T20I figures of 6/8 against Zimbabwe at the @T20WorldCup in 2012! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/LjOgghNFOz
— ICC (@ICC) March 11, 2019
Rangana Herath – 5/3
Rangana Herath, another spinner from Sri Lanka, has the second-best T20 World Cup bowling statistics. Herath’s 5/3 bowling line against New Zealand at Chattogram assisted Sri Lanka in reducing the Kiwis to just 60 while holding them to a pitiful total of 120. The left-arm spinner’s game-winning performance enabled Sri Lanka to advance to the T20 World Cup 2014 semifinals, where they defeated India to win the tournament.
Umar Gul – 5/6
Umar Gul of Pakistan now holds the record for the greatest fast bowling statistics at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Pakistan bowled out New Zealand for just 99 runs in 2009 at The Oval thanks to the former pacer’s match stats of 5/6, winning the match easily by 6 wickets.
It’s interesting to note that Gul, with 13 wickets, had the most success in that event. Gul, a bowler known for his powerful yorkers, is the only bowler to appear twice (in 2007 and 2009) on the list of players who took the most wickets during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Ahsan Malik, a pacer for the Netherlands, has the greatest bowling statistics by a member of an associate country in the 2014 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup with 5/19 versus South Africa at Chattogram. Malik, who bowled first, kept South Africa at 145 with some important wickets. Nevertheless, despite Malik’s outstanding performance, the Netherlands fell six runs short of a historic victory.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman – 5/20
In the Super 12 match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 against Scotland, Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman recorded the best bowling statistics of his career: 5/20 in T20I cricket. Mujeeb’s spell enabled Afghanistan to defeat Scotland by a whopping 130 runs by reducing them to their lowest T20I score of 60.
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List of Best Bowling Figures in T20 World Cup
|Ajantha Mendis||Sri Lanka||6/8||Zimbabwe||2012|
|Rangana Herath||Sri Lanka||5/3||New Zealand||2014|
|Umar Gul||Pakistan||5/6||New Zealand||2009|
|Ahsan Malik||Netherlands||5/19||South Africa||2014|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||Afghanistan||5/20||Scotland||2021|
|Mustafizur Rahman||Bangladesh||5/22||New Zealand||2016|
|Lasith Malinga||Sri Lanka||5/31||England||2012|