Today we bring you the cricketers listed among the best bowling in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings. 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 a number of quick-paced innings and these quick pace innings also give an added advantage to the bowlers.
The craze of T20 cricket first made an appearance at the inaugural T20I World Cup hosted by South Africa in 2007. The number of fans of such quickfire cricket kept increasing from thereon, which gave rise to various domestic leagues around the globe. But the international matches still receive more attention. 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 the top 5 best bowling in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings.
5. Shahid Afridi- 4/19 against Scotland
Pakistan played against Scotland in the first match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 tournament. This was the third match of the tournament where the all rounder Shahid Afridi achieved the marvelous feat as he knocked down the opposition. While chasing the set target of 172 runs, Scotland faced the attack of the leg spinner.
He pulled apart the middle order of the opposition, picking 4 wickets at an economy rate of 4.75 in his four overs. This became the 5th best bowling in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings.
4. Mohammad Asif- 4/18 against India
Pakistan’s right-arm pacer Mohammad Asif, who had a brief international career, was the leading wicket-taker for his team. He picked up 10 wickets in 7 matches at the economy rate of 7.90 and an average of 21.20. Asif’s best spell came against India in the group stage match of the tournament. The pacer dismissed Gautam Gambhir for a duck while also picking the crucial wickets of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik to settle India for 141 runs on board.
Interestingly, the result of this match was decided by a bowl out as the match was tied after Misbah-ul-Haq got run out in the last ball of the innings. However, India won the bowl out and Pakistan had to face defeat. Featured in the listing of the best bowling in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings.
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3. Morne Morkel- 4/17 against New Zealand
South Africa’s tall fast bowler Morne Morkel, who made the international debut in 2006, could intimidate the batsmen with his outstanding pace. He could clock at high speed and generate bouncers at the initial stage of his career which backed him spot in the team across all the formats. Morkel showed his masterful spell against New Zealand in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007.
He picked crucial wickets of Brendon McCullum, who was the vital cog of Blackcaps, and Ross Taylor in 1 over. Kiwis went under pressure and gave away their wickets easily. Overall, Morkel picked 4 wickets and leaked 17 runs in his four-over quota. In this match, New Zealand set the target of 153 runs which was easily chased down by hosts with the help of Justin Kemp who scored 89 off 56 balls. Featured in the listing of the best bowling in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings.
2. RP Singh- 4/13 against South Africa
Former Indian pacer RP Singh was firing throughout ICC T20 World Cup 2007 tournament. He was pivotal in India’s bowling attack and was the leading wicket-taker for the team. RP Singh emerged as the third-highest wicket-taker in the entire tournament, taking 12 wickets in 7 matches at an average of 12.66. His best figures were 4/13 in 4 overs in India’s final Super-8 stage match in which they eliminated the hosts South Africa from the tournament.
However, after the tournament, he gradually lost his shine. He is among the list of Indian bowlers who had a promising start but soon faded away because of lost form or injuries. He last played for India in 2011 and announced his retirement from the game in 2018. Featured in the listing of the best bowling in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings.
1. Mark Gillespie- 4/7 against Kenya
Mark Gillespie entered international cricket in 2006 for New Zealand after having an impressive domestic season for Wellington. Although he had a short international career, he gave impressive performances when asked to deliver. His best was seen in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 against Kenya in the group stage match.
He demolished Kenya with his right-arm pace bowling as he picked 4 wickets in 3 overs and leaked just 7 runs. He registered an outstanding economy of 2.5 in that match. However, opportunities fell short for Gillespie to concrete his place in New Zealand. With the advent of injuries, he lost his spot and last played for the team in 2012. Led the listing of the best bowling in a T20 World Cup 2007 Innings.
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