Twenty20 cricket was first introduced in England in 2003. It is a shorter version of 50 over’s One Day International game having just 20 over’s to be played by each side. This has become the most famous game among the cricket fans due to the amount of excitement of this game. On the other hand it is a very difficult version of cricket especially for bowlers as every batsman tries to attack them on each bowl. Only some of the best bowlers in the world have been able to maintain good bowling figures in this format. Following is the list of top 10 highest wicket takers in T20 cricket all time.
1. Umar Gul
Umar Gul is a Pakistani right arm fast medium bowler who plays for the Pakistani cricket team in all three formats including Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. He is a the leading wicket taker in Twenty20 cricket with 74 wickets in 52 matches with an average of 16.44.
2. Saeed Ajmal
Saeed Ajmal is also an Pakistani player. He is an right-arm off-spinner bowler. With his amazing variations in the bowling Saeed Ajmal is considered as the most dangerous bowler in cricket today. He has played 51 matches while taking 71 wickets with an average of 16.59.
3. Shahid Afridi
No doubt he is one of the most well known cricketer around the globe in the history of cricket. Shahid Afridi also known as Boom Boom Afridi is known for his aggressive batting style and holds the record for the fastest ODI century. He is currently at No.3 position in top 10 highest wicket takers in T20 cricket behind Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal after taking 63 wickets in 59 matches.
4. Ajantha Mendis
Ajantha Mendis (born 11 March 1985) is a slow-medium pace bowler who plays for the Sri Lankan national cricket team. He bowls a mixture of deliveries, including googlies, off-breaks, top-spinners, flippers and leg-breaks as well as the carrom ball. In t20 he has taken 56 wickets within 29 matches with a strike rate of 11.
5. Stuart Broad
Stuart Christopher John Broad is a cricketer who plays Test and One Day International cricket for England and is currently the captain of England’s Twenty20 cricket team. He is a right-arm seam bowler who has taken 55 wickets after playing 46 matches.
6. GP Swann
Graeme Swann is an English international cricketer. He is a right arm off-spinner and a much capable late-order batsman. In March 2010, Swann became the first English off-spinner since Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in one test match. He has 51 wickets after playing 39 matches with a strike rate of 15.
7. Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga (born August 28, 1983) is a Sri Lankan cricketer and present vice-captain of their T20 side. He is a specialist fast bowler very well known for his Yorkers. He is the first and only bowler in the world to have two World Cup hat-tricks. Lasith Malinga has played 43 T20 matches in his career and has taken 49 wickets for his side with an SR of 18.
8. Nathan McCullum
Nathan McCullum (born 1 September 1980) is a New Zealand international cricketer. He is a right hand lower-order batsman and a right-arm off break bowler. He is the older brother of New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum. After playing 47 matches he has taken 42 wickets. His bowling average is 21.47 and the strike rate is 18.7.
9. Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn is a South African cricketer who plays Test, Twenty20 and One Day International cricket for South Africa. Steyn holds the record for the fastest South African bowler to reach 100 wickets in Test Matches. His bowling figures for T20 are 39 wickets in 29 matches while his strike rate is 15.8.
10. Morne Morkel
Another South African grabs a position in our top 10 highest wicket takers in T20 cricket. Morne Morkel is a cricketer who plays both Test and limited overs cricket for South African cricket team. He is a right-arm fast bowler and a useful lower order left-handed batsman. After playing 31 T20 matches in his career he has taken 39 wickets with an average of 19.53.