Top 5 Bowlers with Fastest 50 Wickets in T20

Fastest 50 Wickets in T20

Fastest 50 Wickets in T20 Cricket

T20 cricket has become the most popular format of cricket ever since it has been started in the cricket world. This format of cricket is usually dominated by batsmen but bowlers too have their share of glory in this format. T20 has been redefining cricket over the years and offers immense entertainment to cricket fans.

Fastest 50 Wickets in T20

The list of Twenty20 Cricket records holds only the records of top-level T20 games and those who played in officially recognized tournaments in ICC Full-member countries. The list includes the names of the players who have highest innings totals, largest victory margin both by runs and wickets, and highest match aggregate. The list is comprised according to the teams and also holds the individual records.

In Cricket, bowlers are classified into two categories apart from fasters and spinner in wicket-takers and containers. The players who actually do the most important task are the wicket-takers. Every captain dream of having wicket-taking bowlers in his team but very few are lucky though to get the precious gems. We bring you the list of top bowlers who have been fastest to reach 50 T20 wickets, which is as follows:

Top 5 Bowlers with Fastest 50 Wickets in T20 International

#1. Ajantha Mendis

Sri Lankan player Ajantha Mendis holds the record of the fastest bowler to take 50 wickets in T20 International matches. He has done a great job to create the half-century of the wicket in just 26 matches. His full name is Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslow Mendis and is famous as “mystery spinner” due to the unusual bowling action and widely regarded as one of the best Twenty20 bowlers in the world arena.

Mendis presently holds the record for the finest bowling figure in Twenty20 history, and the only bowler to take 6 wicket-haul in Twenty20 twice. His primary Test Match was against India at Colombo on 23 July 2008 in which he returned match figures of 8–132, thereby becoming the first Sri Lankan bowler to get an eight-wicket haul on Test debut. He also won the Emerging Player of the Year award at the ICC Awards ceremony held in Dubai in September 2008.

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He is the quickest to reach 50 ODI wickets, with 19 matches. He is the only bowler until February 2017 to have taken six wickets in a Twenty20 International. He has achieved the feat twice and claim the world record figures of 6 wickets for 8 runs for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe on 18th September 2012. It was on 26th October 2012 that Mendis received the Sri Lankan order of Bantu which is the highest civilian honour of Sri Lanka. Ajantha Mendis reestablished mystery to spin in the period of video analysts and super-slow-motion replays.

Much like the innovative mystery spinner, Jack Iverson, and the other practitioner of the “Iversons”, John Gleeson, Mendis stunned the world with his finger-flicked leg-breaks. His Iversons came with a new name, the “carrom ball”, taken from the way the striker is grazed in the popular board game in the subcontinent. Mendis endures being an effective spinner in shorter formats where batsmen don’t have much time to regulate. He holds the record for the superlative figures in a T20I inning but fails to find a regular place in the Sri Lankan side for the longer formats. 

#2. Imran Tahir

He is a Pakistani born South African Cricketer and his full name is Mohammad Imran Tahir. He is known as a spin bowler who predominantly bowls googlies and is a right-handed batsman. He became the first South African bowler to take seven wickets in a One Day International on 15th June 2016. He is also the fastest South African to reach 100 ODI wickets in just 58 Matches.

Tahir has many achievements in his bag and one of them being the fastest South African to reach 50 T20I wickets. It was on 04th March 2017 that he recorded the most economical figures against New Zealand with 2 wickets for 14 runs from 10 overs by a South African Spinner in a One Day International. And additionally, to add more to his achievements, he became the fourth bowler for South Africa to take a hat-trick in ODI on 3rd October 2018.

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Imran Tahir presently plays for South Africa in ODI and T20 formats while also representing the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in South Africa, Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League, Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. But he has also announced on March 2019, that he would quit ODI Cricket after the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

He also represented Pakistan Under 19 Cricket team and Pakistan A but he failed to win the International honours for Pakistan. But in the year 2005, he became the resident of South Africa and represented the South African team. He lived hand to mouth for the first two years when he played domestic cricket for five years in South Africa. He has played for more than 25 teams which include four English countries, three South African franchises and an IPL team while carving a reputation as one of the best limited-overs leg spinners of his time.  

#3. Rashid Khan

He is an Afghan Cricketer and is the captain of the National team in Twenty20 International. His full name is Rashid Khan Arman and is commonly known as Rashid Khan. It was during the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in March 2018 when for the first time, he captained Afghanistan in a One Day International Match. Rashid frolicked in the 2017 Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

In June 2017, he took the unsurpassed bowling figures for an associate nation in a One Day International (ODI) match. In February 2018, he became the youngest player to top the ICC Player Rankings for bowlers in ODIs. Later the same month, he also surpassed the ICC Player Rankings for bowlers in T20Is. In September 2018, he became the number one player in the ICC’s all-rounder rankings, succeeding his performance at the 2018 Asia Cup.

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He became the youngest player to captain an international side at the age of 19 years and 165 days. Rashid khan became the fastest and youngest bowler to take 100 wickets in ODI in the final of the cricket world cup qualifier against West Indies when he dismissed Shai Hope. He took 44 matches to take his 100th dismissal, breaking the previous record of 52 matches, set by Mitchell Starc of Australia. In June 2018, he became the fastest bowler, in terms of time, to take 50 wickets in T20Is.

He reached the milestone in two years and 220 days, in the first T20I against Bangladesh. In April 2019, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) named Khan as the team’s new T20I captain, replacing Asghar Afghan. Khan was also appointed as the vice-captain of the ODI squad.

#4. Dale Steyn

Dale Willem Steyn commonly called as Dale Steyn is a South African cricketer who plays all formats of the game. He is extensively regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. He presently has the best bowling strike rate of all time in Test match cricket amongst bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 10,000 deliveries. Steyn conquered the number one spot in the ICC test rankings during the peak of his career, for a record 263 weeks between 2008 and 2014.

Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan sits next to on the list with 214 weeks. In terms of days, Steyn has spent 2,356 days at the top as of 6 October 2016, the most by any bowler since World War II. In October 2012, former South African test cricketer Allan Donald called the South African pace attack, which Steyn was part of, alongside Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, superlative South Africa has ever produced. Steyn played a cameo as himself in the 2014 Hollywood film Blended.

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In December 2018, during the first Test against Pakistan, Steyn became the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in Test cricket, previously held by all-rounder and former captain Shaun Pollock. Steyn accomplished a tally of 78 wickets at an average of 16.24 in Season 2007/08 and was subsequently rewarded with the prestigious ICC 2008 Test Cricketer of the Year Award. He was also named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 2013. He was named Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2013 in 2014 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

He made his Twenty20 International debut on 23 November 2007 in the one-off game against New Zealand, taking the wicket of Scott Styris and only giving up 17 runs from his four overs. He also featured in the third One Day International at Cape Town, where he had partial success, taking the wickets of the New Zealand openers, Brendon McCullum and Lou Vincent, but going for 50 runs from nine overs. 

#5. Umar Gul

He is a Pakistani Cricketer who plays all three formats of the game as a right-arm fast-medium bowler. Umar Gul is famous for being one of the most successful bowlers in Twenty20 cricket finishing as the leading wicket-taker and bowler in both the 2007 and 2009 Twenty20 World Championship tournaments.

He is the second-highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 International cricket and the first one being Saeed Ajmal. To his achievements, he has won the Twenty20 International Performance of the year 2013. He was born in a middle-class family of Pakistan and frequently played tape-ball cricket. And due to his excellent bowling, his friends encouraged him to become an international cricketer. Gul signed with the Indian Premier League in February 2008 and was drafted by Shahrukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders Franchise for the US $150,000.

Umar Gul with fastest 50 Wickets in t20

He played in six matches taking 12 wickets at an average of 15.33 including a player of the match award in Kolkata’s final game in which Gul took 4–23 and scored 24 runs from 11 balls. In December 2008, Gul signed with the Western Warriors to participate in the Australian domestic 2008-09 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash tournament. He achieved very well in his debut match for the Warriors, taking 4 wickets for 15 runs in a losing side.

He was among the most efficacious bowlers in the competition. Despite not being present for the entire tournament, he finished second top wicket-taker with 12 wickets. Gul was first called up for the team in April 2003, playing four one-day matches at the Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup against Zimbabwe, Kenya and Sri Lanka, where he took four wickets, and he was in and out of the one-day team after that tournament. However, he played the whole of the 2003–04 home series against Bangladesh, making his Test debut and taking 15 wickets in the three Tests, and took the second-most wickets of any Pakistani bowler in the series, behind Shabbir Ahmed with 17.

However, Shoaib Akhtar, who took 13 in third place, only played two of the Tests. Gul was retained for the ODIs against Bangladesh, taking a List A best five for 17 in nine overs in the third match, and ended with 11 wickets in the 5–0 series win. However, he could still not command a regular spot, playing three of Pakistan’s nine next ODIs before finally getting dropped after one for 36 against New Zealand. 

Though the list is long for top bowlers, every bowler gives the tough competition to each other. There are many who have scored higher in other formats of the cricket. The article includes the names of best five fastest 50 wickets in T20 cricket and the following table shows the overall view of the five fastest 50 wickets in T20 Cricket.

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