T20 cricket is primarily a batting-based format but in seven editions we saw an impressive bowling match that challenged the concept of the ICC Mens T20 World Cup. Despite the short boundaries heavy bats tilted the game in favor of the batsmen while the bowlers found a way to steal the limelight with some brilliant performances.
Many bowlers have taken five-wicket hauls in the ICC T20 World Cup many of which have been instrumental in their teams victory. The top three Sri Lankans are among the best bowlers in the history of the T20 World Cup.
Ajanta Mendis – 6/8 vs Zimbabwe 2012
Mysterious Sri Lankan spinner Ajanta Mendis 6/8 is the best bowler hat in the history of the ICC Mens T20 World Cup. She achieved this feat against Zimbabwe in the T20 World Cup in 2012. Mendis brilliant bowling efforts enabled Sri Lanka to save total of 183 to register a thumping 82-run win.This win is the biggest win (measured in runs) in the ICC championship. Ajanta Mendis 6/8 is the second best bowling figure in T20 international cricket after Indian cricketer Deepak Chahars 6/7 against Bangladesh in 2019.
Rangana Herath – 5/3 vs New Zealand 2014
Another Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath holds the second best bowling record at the T20 World Cup. Heras figure in bowling against New Zealand against New Zealand in the chatogram is 5/3 with Sri Lanka defending just 120 points with just 60 points. The left-armed spinners contribution to the match helped Sri Lanka advance to the T20 World Semi-finals. . They defeated India in the 2014 Cup final to become the champion.
Umar Gul – 5/6 vs New Zealand 2009
Umar Gul of Pakistan holds the ICC Mens T20 World Cup Mens Quick Mate record for best bowling level. The former striker had a 5/6 record in the 2009 Ovals but Pakistan won the game comfortably by six wickets in the end with a 99-point car win over New Zealand. Interestingly Gul was the tallest wicket taker in the game with 13 goals to his name. Renowned as an impressive yorker Gul was the only baller to have made the goal roster twice (2007 2009) at the ICC Mens T20 World Cup.
Ahsan Malik – 5/19 vs South Africa, 2014
Ehsan Malik of Netherlands 5/19 vs South Africa Chattogram 2014 is the best figure bowling by a national association player in the Mens T20 World Cup. In the first game Maliks timely bowling reduced South Africa to 145 runs. But despite Maliks impressive performance the Netherlands lost their famous victory by six run.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman – 5/20 vs Scotland 2021
Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman had his best bowling performance 5/20 in T20I cricket against Scotland in the Super 12 match of the ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2021.Mujeeb’s spell helped Afghanistan skittle Scotland to their lowest T20I score of 60 to record a mammoth 130-run win.
Mustafizur Rahman 22/5 vs New Zealand 2016
New Zealand faced the wrath of Mustafizurs disappointment in the Super 10 match of the 2016 T20 World Cup. Kiwi batters struggled to score against them. Bowler. Bangladesh lost 5/22 but Mustafizur was the man of the match scorer at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
James Faulkner 27/5 vs Pakistan 2016
James Faulkner 27/5 is the best bowler by an Australian in the Mens T20 World Cup. The left-handed batsman did the feat against Pakistan in Mohali in 2016. In the process he also achieved his best innings figures in international cricket. Thanks to his efforts Australia won this match by 21 runs.
Lasith Malinga 5/31 vs England 2012
Lasith Malinga’s 5/31 is the Sri Lankan fast bowlers best bowling performance in the ICC Mens T20 World Cup. His performance saw Sri Lanka beat England by 19 runs in the final of the Super Eight match at Pallekele. Malingas 5/31 was just 5 wickets in the 2012 ICC Mens T20 World Cup.