The T20 format is dominated by batsmen by all means but bowlers too have their share of glory in the shortest and the most enthralling format of cricket. T20 cricket has become the most popular format of cricket since its very advent.
T20 cricket offers mammoth entertainment to cricketing fans and has redefined cricketing entertainment over years.
Amongst the top 10 bowlers who’ve been the fastest to reach 50 T20 wickets, Sri Lanka’s Mendis is at the first stop. Mendis got to 50 T20 wickets in just 26 games. Imran Tahir is second on the list having scalped 50 T20 wickets from 31 games.
Clearly, the difference between Mendis and Imran Tahir is big. Interestingly there’s just one Indian on the list of 10 fastest bowlers to 50 T20 wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin is the 10th fastest bowler to 50 T20 wickets. Ashwin completed his half century of T20 wickets in 42 matches.
Three Pakistan bowlers in Top 10
While there’s just one Indian in the top 10, there are 3 Pakistani bowlers who feature on the list of 10 fastest bowlers to 50 T20 wickets. Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal are the three Pakistan bowlers who are on the list of 10 fastest bowlers to reach 50 T20 wickets.
Umar Gul is the fourth fastest to reach 50 T20 wickets while Saeed Ajmal is the 5th fastest. Boom Boom Afridi is the 8th fastest bowler to reach 50 T20 wickets followed by the Bangladesh All Rounder, Shakib Al Hasan.
Here are the 10 fastest bowlers to reach 50 T20 wickets
1. Mendis : 26 matches
2. Imran Tahir : 31 matches
3. Dale Steyn : 35 matches
4. Umar Gul : 36 matches
5. Saeed Ajmal : 37 matches
6. Graeme Swann : 39 matches
7. Samuel Badree : 39 matches
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8. Shahid Afridi : 42 matches
9. Shakib Al Hasan : 42 matches
10. R Ashwin : 42 matches