T20 has emerged as a fan-favourite format in the past few years as the game never tends to slow down at any juncture. Batters are known to dominate this format as they have the license to score runs freely. Due to the same, we often see the ball flying here and there in a T20 match. This means thriving in this version of the game as a bowler takes some beating.
Nevertheless, several bowlers have overcome all these challenges to become T20 stars. In fact, there have been instances of players taking five-wicket hauls in a T20 match. Notably, a bowler can only deliver four overs in a T20 match. Hence, registering a five-fer in a 24-ball spell is certainly an astonishing feat.
Meanwhile, let’s look at the top 5 bowling figures in T20 cricket
Arul Suppiah – 6/5
Left-arm spinner Arul Suppiah bowled a sensational spell during the Glamorgan vs Somerset clash in 2011. He ripped apart Glamorgan’s batting line-up with his mysterious deliveries as Somerset had the command throughout the contest. Overall, he took six wickets in the game. Riding on his brilliance, Somerset registered a five-wicket win.
Shakib Al Hasan – 6/6
Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan also features on this list. He made the ball talk during the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel vs Barbados Tridents match in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2013. Shakib made optimum utilization of the Bridgetown track and took wickets at regular intervals. His six-wicket haul took Tridents to a four-wicket win.
Lasith Malinga – 6/6
Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga was at his best during the Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars clash in Big Bash League 2012-13. The Scorchers batters looked utterly clueless against Malinga’s thunderbolts and they subsequently got skittled out for a mere 69 runs while batting first. Malinga got six wickets as Stars won by 24 runs (D/L method).
Kyle Jamieson – 6/6
One of the hottest properties in world cricket at the moment, Kyle Jamieson is next on this list. The New Zealand pacer made the ball talk during the Canterbury vs Auckland clash in Super Smash 2019. He took six wickets in the contest as Canterbury walked away with a comfortable five-wicket win.
Colin Ackermann – 7/18
Interestingly, the best figures in T20 cricket belongs to a part-time bowler. Colin Ackermann achieved the feat during the Leicestershire vs Birmingham Bears clash in T20 Blast 2019. The Leicester track seemed good for batting as the home team posted 189/6 while batting first. However, things were different in the second innings. Off-spinner Ackermann bowled a sensational spell and took seven wickets, taking Leicestershire to a 55-run win.