3 Bowlers Who Can Pick Maximum Wickets In ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022

Updated - 19 Oct 2022, 05:04 PM

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Trophy
ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Trophy. Image Credits: Twitter

3 Bowlers Who Can Pick Maximum Wickets In ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is scheduled to be the eighth ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournament, scheduled to be played in Australia from 16 October to 13 November 2022.

Originally, the tournament was to be held in 2020, however, in July 2020, the International Cricket Council confirmed that the tournament had been postponed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In August 2020, the ICC also confirmed that Australia would host the rearranged tournament in 2022 with the T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in India in 2021 as originally planned but was later moved to UAE and Oman.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 started with a bang, as Asia Cup 2022 champions Sri Lanka was defeated by minnows Namibia, while 2-time champions West Indies lost to Scotland.

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Trophy
ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Trophy Photo Credit: (Twitter / ICC)

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be played in Australia between October 16 and November 13. 16 teams will feature in the tournament which will be played in a group stage and knockout format.

The T20 World Cup has witnessed some of the best bowlers in action over the course of its seven previous editions – the last of which was played in the UAE and Oman in 2021. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan leads the bowling charts in T20 World Cup history with 41 scalps which also includes several star bowlers such as Dale Steyn (30), Shahid Afridi (39), Lasith Malinga(38) and Ravichandran Ashwin (26) in the top 10.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sri Lanka all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga was the leading wicket-taker in the 2021 edition with 16 wickets in eight innings. Australia’s Adam Zampa and New Zealand’s Trent Boult had finished joint-second behind Wanindu Hasaranga with 13 wickets in seven innings apiece.

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga. Pic Credits: Twitter

Shakib Al Hasan and Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal are the only two bowlers to pick three four-wicket hauls in the tournament. Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis, who has 35 scalps in T20 World Cup holds the record for the best bowling figures in T20 World Cups – 6 for 8.

3 Bowlers Who Can Pick Maximum Wickets In ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan leg spinner is now the strongest T20I spinner available, and he can win matches all by himself for his team. He has significantly improved as a batter and appears to be much more formidable as the game moves into its final overs.

He has been a force to reckon with in the T20I format, having 118 wickets from 71 games and averaging a mere 13.59 at an exemplary economy of only 6.55. He also has already taken 4 4-wicket and 2 5-wicket hauls in T20Is.

He led the Afghan spin attack in the Asia Cup 2022 where he picked 6 scalps averaging 21.83 in 5 T20Is. He may be the leading wicket taker in T20 World Cup 2022. The No. 2 ranked spinner is the 3rd highest wicket taker in T20Is after Shakib Al Hasan and Tim Southee.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credits: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credits: Twitter)

After missing out on last year’s 2021 T20I World Cup, Yuzvendra Chahal has been included in this year’s 2022 T20I World Cup. He has repeatedly proved his worth for India during the middle overs. He has already taken 21 wickets at an economy of 7.60 this year.

He is the top spin bowler for India so far, having taken the joint most wickets alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar for India in T20Is-85 scalps in 69 T20Is. He played the first warm-up game against Western Australia XI where he picked 2 scalps conceding only 15 runs and averaged a mere 7.5 at an economy of 3.8. He picked 1/28 in 3 overs in the warm-up game against Australia. He may be one of the highest wicket-takers in the T20 World Cup 2022.

Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood. Pic Credits: Twitter

Josh Hazlewood, the Australian pacer had a successful outing at the 2021 T20I World Cup where he picked 11 scalps in 7 games averaging 15.91. He picked 8 scalps in 3 T20Is averaging 8.13 and 6 scalps in 3 T20Is  averaging 9.5 against the same opponents in Sri Lanka- home and away. The 1st ranked pacer in the ICC bowling T20I rankings has 53 scalps in only 37 T20Is averaging 19.94.