The 2021 T20 World Cup is currently underway in the UAE and Oman. The ICC event began with Round 1 matches, from which teams will qualify for the Super 12 round. There are four teams each in the two Round 1 groups. Further eight sides – India, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England, West Indies and Afghanistan – have qualified directly for the Super 12 stage. They will be joined by four more teams from Round 1 to complete the 12 teams. Some big stars of international cricket will be featuring in the 2021 T20 World Cup. In his feature, we take a look at the leading T20I wicket-taker of each team that has qualified directly for the Super 12 round.
New Zealand – Tim Southee
Pace bowler Tim Southee is the leading New Zealand wicket-taker among players from the country who are taking part in this year’s T20 World Cup. Southee is one short of 100 T20I scalps. He has claimed 99 wickets in 83 matches at a strike rate of 18 and an economy rate of 8.39. Southee has a best of 5 for 18, which was registered against Pakistan in Auckland in 2010. He claimed a hat-trick as well as New Zealand restricted Pakistan to 143 for 9 and won the game by five wickets. The pacer has 14 wickets from 10 T20 World Cup matches at a strike rate of 15.
Afghanistan – Rashid Khan
For Afghanistan, top-class leg-spinner Rashid Khan leads the list. He has claimed 95 wickets in 51 T20I matches at an excellent strike rate of 12.1 and an economy rate of 6.21. Rashid’s best figures in T20Is are almost unbelievable. He claimed 5 for 3 against Ireland in Greater Noida in 2017. He bowled only two overs, one of which was a maiden. Thanks to Rashid’s brilliance, Afghanistan won the rain-marred game by 17 runs (D/L method). They posted 184/8 and restricted Ireland to 93/9. Rashid made his T20 World Cup debut in 2016 and claimed 11 wickets in seven games.
West Indies – Dwayne Bravo
Veteran Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has claimed the most wickets in the team’s current T20 World Cup squad. Bravo has 76 wickets in 86 matches at a strike rate of 18.5 and an economy rate of 8.08. He was recently part of CSK’s IPL 2021 title-winning campaign. The all-rounder’s best of 4 for 19 was registered against South Africa in St George’s earlier this year. Defending 167, Bravo came up with a memorable bowling effort to restrict South Africa to 146 for 9. In the T20 World Cup, Bravo has 25 scalps from 29 games at a strike rate of 17.4.
England – Chris Jordan
England’s pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Jordan is the chief wicket-taker for the team in the current squad for the T20 World Cup. He has picked up 73 wickets in 65 matches at a strike rate of 18.7 and an economy rate of 8.70. His best bowling performance came against West Indies in Basseterre in 2019, when he picked up 4 for 6 in just two overs. After England put up 182 for 6 batting first, Jordan’s brilliance rolled them over for an embarrassing 45 in 11.5 overs, England winning by a mammoth 137 runs. In the T20 World Cup, he has claimed 10 wickets in as many games at an average of 26.40.
Pakistan – Mohammad Hafeez
For Pakistan, batting all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is the bowler with the most number of wickets in the team’s current T20 World Cup squad. Hafeez has picked up 60 wickets in 113 matches at a strike rate of 20.4 and an excellent economy rate of 6.54. The 41-year-old off-spinner’s best performance in T20Is came when he claimed 4 for 10 against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2011. Hafeez needed only 2.2 overs to pick the four scalps as Pakistan rolled over Zimbabwe for 113, defending a target of 199. Hafeez has 13 wickets in 24 T20 World Cup matches at a strike rate of 28.1.
India – Jasprit Bumrah
India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is the leading T20I wicket-taker in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad. Bumrah has picked up 59 wickets in 50 T20I matches at a strike rate of 18.2 and a brilliant economy rate of 6.66. His best of 3 for 11 came against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2016. Bumrah and Barinder Sran (4/10) combined to restrict Zimbabwe to 99 for 9. India then chased down the total with all 10 wickets in hand. Bumrah played in the 2016 T20 World Cup edition and claimed four wickets in five games at an average of 38.25.
Australia – Adam Zampa
Australia’s leg-spinner Adam Zampa is the team’s most successful bowler in the squad named for the T20 World Cup. He has picked up 52 wickets in 50 matches at a strike rate of 20.1 and an economy rate of 6.96. Zampa’s best in T20Is is 3 for 14 against Sri Lanka in Adelaide in 2019. Defending a massive 234, the Aussies held Sri Lanka to 99/9, winning by a mammoth 134 runs. Zampa played a key role in Lanka’s slide. The leggie has five scalps from four T20 World Cup games at an average of 13.80.
South Africa – Tabraiz Shamsi
Left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in the current T20 World Cup squad. He has claimed 49 wickets in 42 matches at a strike rate of 19.1 and an economy rate of 6.79. Shamsi’s best of 4 for 25 in T20Is was registered against Pakistan in Lahore earlier this year. Despite his wonderful efforts with the ball, the Proteas failed to defend a total of 164. Shamsi will be playing his first T20 World Cup.