Today we have for you, the best bowling figures in T20 World Cup 2009. The third format of International Cricket i.e. Twenty20 was introduced in the 2005 season. T20 cricket is the shortest format of cricket where each team plays 20 overs. As the overs are limited, the batsmen tend to play fearlessly, resulting in several quick-paced innings and these quicked pace innings also give an added advantage to the bowlers.
In 2007, International Cricket Council (ICC) inaugurated the first edition of the T20 World Cup, which was held in South Africa. India won the T20 World Cup 2007 after beating Pakistan in the finale. However, Pakistan made a strong comeback in the second edition, ICC T20 World Cup 2009, as they defeated Sri Lanka in the grand finale. England hosted ICC T20 World Cup 2009 and 12 teams participated in the tournament.
Several memorable knocks were played and new records were formed during the tournament. Here, in this article, we have mentioned the top 5 bowlers who registered five best bowling figures in T20 World Cup 2009.
5. Lendl Simmons: 4/19 against Sri Lanka
West Indies cricketer Lendl Simmons is a prolific batsman but also a part-time fast bowler. His best bowling stint was seen in the T20 World Cup 2009 against Sri Lanka. He registered the best figure as he scalped 4 wickets by leaking out 19 runs in 3 overs at the economy rate of 6.33 and registered the fifth-best bowling figures in T20 World Cup 2009.
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However, his team could not chase down the target of 192 runs and lost the match by 15 runs. Simmons has lost his place in ODIs and Tests but he is a regular member in T20Is. He has, so far, played 68 ODIs and 54 T20Is for West Indies.
4. Alex Cusack: 4/18 against Sri Lanka
Ireland’s former allrounder Alex Cusack was the part of ICC T20 World Cup 2009 in which his contributions helped Ireland progress to the Super Eight stage. In Ireland’s match against Sri Lanka, Cusack almost helped his team to victory by scalping 4/18 to restrict Sri Lanka to 144/9 and this spell was registered as the fourth-best bowling figures in T20 World Cup 2009.
His bowling figures were the best for Ireland in T20Is. In the tournament, the speedster took 8 wickets in 5 matches and was Ireland’s leading wicket-taker. Cusack was the vital cog for Ireland at mega-events. He retired from the game in 2015 after the World Cup. He has represented his side in 59 ODIs and taken 63 wickets at 23.96 and 35 T20I wickets at 20.40 in 37 matches.
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3. Wayne Parnell: 4/13 against West Indies
South Africa’s cricketer Wayne Parnell is the left-arm pacer whose speed was his weapon to dismantle the opposition. He had an excellent ICC T20 World Cup 2009 tournament, taking 9 wickets at 13.22 with an economy rate of less than six. He registered the best spell against the West Indies as he was named man-of-the-match after taking 4 wickets in four overs and leaking just 13 runs with an economy of 3.25 and became the third-best bowling figures in T20 World Cup 2009.
Wayne could not retain his place in the team due to injuries. He was constantly out of the team because of injury and spent most of the time in rehab centres. He was finally dropped from the team in 2017 as he represented South Africa in 65 ODIs and 40 T20Is.
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2. Shahid Afridi: 4/11 against the Netherlands
Pakistan’s one of the greatest all rounder Shahid Afridi has a big contribution to his country’s cricket history. He was an attacking batsman and a prolific spinner. He could speed up the innings in the middle while also demolishing the opposition batting line up with googlies and off-break deliveries. Nevertheless, he was always surrounded by controversies related to age fudging.
Afridi was also the match-winner for his team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009. Besides his batting charisma in the tournament, he also hogged the limelight because of his bowling. He was the fifth-best bowling figures in T20 World Cup 2009. In the match against the Netherlands, he picked up 4 wickets in 4 overs and leaked out 11 runs. He registered an outstanding economy of 2.75 in that match. His spell in this match became the second-highest registered bowling figure of the tournament.
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1. Umar Gul: 5/6 against New Zealand
Umar Gul was a lethal bowler in shorter formats where he enjoyed immense success. His slower deliveries and crisp yorkers have destroyed any opposition. Having made his debut in 2003, he concreted his place in the Pakistan team and played for them for over a decade. He was the prominent bowler for his team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 as was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
His best was seen in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 against New Zealand in the group stage match. He demolished New Zealand with his lethal bowling as he picked 5 wickets in 3 overs and leaked just 6 runs. He registered an outstanding economy of 2.0 in that match. His spell in this match became the best bowling figures in T20 World Cup 2009.
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