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jayant   |  2021-12-08

10 Best T20 Bowlers of All Time (2021)

T20 is probably the most entertaining format of the game of cricket and considered a format tailor-made for batsmen

But, over the years, many bowlers have managed to make their mark in a format tailor-made for batters.

Giant bats, field restrictions, and smaller boundaries have made the game skewed in favour of the batsmen.

But, many bowlers have managed to upgrade their skills and trouble the batsmen despite all their limitations.

So today, in no particular order, we will be talking about the top ten T20 bowlers of all time

10 Best T20 Bowlers of All Time

1) Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal, India’s go-to spinner in the T20 format, is one of the best T20 bowlers of all time.

Unlike many other spinners, he doesn’t bowl legspinners or googlies that turn a lot but is highly accurate.

On the other hand, Chahal uses the crease very well, and with his variation in pace, drags the batsmen forward to play aerial shots.

In his 48 T20is, Chahal has claimed 62 wickets at an impressive strike rate of 18.15, with career-best figures of 6/25.

In his 106 IPL matches, Chahal has picked 125 wickets at an economy of just 7.71 and rightly makes it to the list.

2) Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan, the unorthodox leggie from Afghanisthan, is undoubtedly the best spinner of the T20 format right now.

Even though Rashid has not been playing T20s for not more than six years, he has undoubtedly made a name for himself in this format.

He is deceptively quick, and with a unique finger and wrist-spinning action, causes a lot of trouble for batters.

A well-disguised googly, a lethal flipper, Rashid has all the tricks to confuse the batsman and is a complete game-changer in this format.

In his 51 T20is, Rashid has claimed 95 wickets at an insane strike rate of just 12.63, with career-best figures of 5/3.

In his 69 IPL matches, Rashid has picked 85 wickets at an economy of just 6.24 and rightly makes it to the list.

3) Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine, over the years, with his unorthodox right-arm off-spin, is undoubtedly one of the best T20 bowlers of all time.

Be it international T20s or any domestic T20 leagues like IPL or CPL, he is an asset for his captain with all his deceptive accuracy.

In his 51 T20is, Sunil has claimed 52 wickets at an insane economy rate of 6.02, with career-best figures of 4/12.

He became the second player after Shane Watson, has won the ‘Most Valuable Player award’ twice in IPL.

Narine made his IPL debut in 2011, picked 130 wickets at an economy of 6.79, and rightly makes it to the list.

4) Jasprit Bumrah

Spotted by John Wright in 2013, Jasprit Bumrah, the right-arm fast bowler, is the spearhead of Indian bowling in all three formats of the game.

And when it comes to T20s, his effectiveness gets increased by an even more significant amount.

With an unusual action, a deceptive pace, and impeccable accuracy in bowling the exact delivery he wants, Bumrah is a complete class act.

Over the years, he has single-handedly won matches for his team in the death overs and has picked 59 wickets from his 49 T20is at an insane economy of 6.67

In his 99 IPL matches, Bumrah has also picked 115 wickets at an economy of just 7.4 and rightly makes it to the list.

5) Lasith Malinga

With an impeccable ability to bowl unplayable inswingers, Lasith Malinga is considered one of the best T20 bowlers of all time.

He can bowl lethal bouncers and deceptive slowers, which made him a complete bowler in this format.

With a slinging action, this right-arm pacer also could bowl impeccable yorkers and made his name in world cricket.

He is the leading wicket-taker of all in T20is with 107 wickets from 84 matches with an impressive economy of 7.42.

In his 122 IPL matches, Malinga has also picked 170 wickets at an economy of just 7.14 and rightly makes it to the list.

6) Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir, the first Pakistan-born leg spinner to play for South Africa, is one of the best t20 bowlers of all time.

Not a classical legspinner, but with his deceptive googly, flipper or top spinner, he is someone who can win you matches in T20s.

He is someone who comes from Kumble’s school of legspinners, accurate, quick, deceptive, and gets the job done.

He knows when to bring which delivery out of his sleeve, and with all the wisdom, picks the majority of his wickets in the middle overs.

Tahir has picked 63 wickets from the 38 T20is he played for South Africa at a fantastic strike rate of 13.41

In his 59 IPL matches, Tahir has picked 82 wickets at an economy of just 7.76 and rightly makes it to the list.

7) Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, the Indian right-arm medium pacer, is one of the best t20 bowlers of all time.

Unlike other pacers, Bhuvaneshwar will not scare batters with pace, but his strength lies in swing bowling.

He is accurate, can swing the ball both ways, and has a deadly slower delivery that often catches batters by surprise.

He has earned the Purple Cap in IPL for two successive seasons and spearheaded the Indian T20 bowling attack along with Bumrah.

Kumar has claimed 45 wickets in T20is and 139 wickets in IPL and rightly makes it to the list.

8) Dwyane Bravo

Dwyane Bravo, the highest wicket-taker in T20 history with 518 wickets, is one of the best t20 bowlers of all time.

Bravo has a good yorker and has a variety of slower balls that often deceive batters because of the variation in pace.

His ability to pick quick wickets in the middle overs often plays a vital role in changing the game for his team.

With all his incredible T20 bowling skills, he is highly successful in T20s and is also a two-time World Cup winner in T20s.

Dwayne has claimed 62 wickets in T20is and 156 wickets in IPL and rightly makes it to the list.

9) Joffra Archer

Joffra Archer, the English pacer, with all his pace and accuracy, is one of the best t20 bowlers of all time.

Unlike other fast bowlers, Joffra doesn’t rely much on change of pace but unsettles batters with his quick bowling.

He usually relies on short-pitch bowling and then occasionally bowls a near-perfect yorker to clear the stumps.

Kumar has claimed 14 wickets from 12 T20is and also picked 46 wickets in IPL from 39 matches.

On the other hand, he is also very successful in other domestic t20 leagues like PSL and BBL, and so, he rightly makes it to the list.

10) Mohammed Amir

Mohammed Amir, the Pakistani left-arm pacer, with his ability to swing the ball both ways, is one of the best t20 bowlers of all time.

Not only he swings the ball both ways with his magical wrists, but he can also extract reverse with the slightly older ball.

He has a lethal yorker, steep bouncer and a deceptive off-cutter in his arsenal, which often keep the batsmen guessing till the last moment.

Amir is one of Pakistan’s best trump-card in the death as he has tremendous experience in playing domestic t20 leagues worldwide.

He has picked 59 wickets in T20is, is quite successful in other domestic t20 leagues like PSL and T20 blast, and rightly makes it to the list.

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