Today we discuss the best match bowling in T20 World Cup 2012. The ICC T20 World Cup was a phenomenal addition to the glorious feather of the International Cricket Committee. It was the fourth edition of the World Cup. This was also the first time that an Asian powerhouse in Sri Lanka had received the right to host the tournament. It was eventually won by West Indies, who had laid their hands on the world cup glory after 31 years. It was in 1979 that they had last won a World Cup.
Some of the greatest names in the annals of cricketing history like Sir Issac Alexander Vivian Richards, Clive Hubert Lloyd, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Gordon Greenidge, and Malcolm Marshall were the part of a golden era when playing against West Indies was considered futile. However, this win made them a real powerhouse in T20 cricket and they have held onto that stature since that win.
Following are a few highlights on some of the most memorable bowling performances in the tournament –
5. Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan)
The wily off-spinner from Pakistan, Ajmal was a crafty bowler with an extremely composed cricketing brain and an ability to read the batsman quickly. In a match against New Zealand in Pallekele, Ajmal gave away 30 runs and picked up 4 crucial wickets with his bowling artistry. Among the best match bowling in T20 World Cup 2012.
4. Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
The greatest all-rounder to have represented the game. Period. Kallis was a giant of the game with an impeccable batting record with close to 30000 international runs second only to Sachin Tendulkar. He was the go-to man for South Africa on the majority occasions, not only with the bat but also with the ball.
In one such instance in the world cup, during a match against Zimbabwe in Hambantota, Kallis broke the foundation of the opposition batting by picking up 4 wickets in 4 overs giving away only 15 runs. His overall records speak for his greatness and the legendary status he has attained over the course of time. Among the best match bowling in T20 World Cup 2012.
3. Harbhajan Singh (India)
The Turbanator was a more competitive spirit than anyone during his time. A tall lanky boy from Punjab with limited talent, Harbhajan had the unique ability to fight, desire, and gumption in him. These are the qualities that made him a legendary spin bowler with over 400 test wickets and close to 300 wickets in One Day Internationals.
One of the finest off-spinners of his generation, Harbhajan was a proven match spinner with his incisive variations. In a match against England in Colombo (RPS) he picked up 4 wickets conceding only 12 runs in his quota of 4 overs at a miserly economy rate of 3.00. Among the best match bowling in T20 World Cup 2012.
2. Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)
The Slinga had undoubtedly one of the most unusual bowling actions in world cricket. When Malinga first burst onto the scene in the 2007 World Cup where he decimated South Africa by picking up 4 wickets in 4 balls, his action was considerably questioned for a long time. It was alleged that he chucked the ball and did not use a round arm action which required the bowler to have a bend of 15°.
However several tests suggested that is action although strange was well within the laws of the game. Malinga then went on to become one of the finest bowlers for Sri Lanka in the shorter format of the game. Many rate him as the best bowler in the history of T20 cricket. In a match against England, he picked up 5 wickets in his quota of 4 overs conceding 31 runs. Among the best match bowling in T20 World Cup 2012.
1. Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka)
A mystery bowler in his peak, Mendis was one of the finest components of spin bowling. He had all the tricks up his sleeve with a vicious doosra and a spinning googly which was delivered at a tremendously slow speed and was able to deceive some of the most technically sound batsmen of his time.
Although Mendis had the potential to become a future legend of the game, his inconsistent showing for the national team as well as franchise cricket led to his ouster, something from which he was not able to recover thereafter.
In the world cup match against Zimbabwe in Hambantota, Mendis delivered one of the finest bowling spells in the history of T20 cricket. He bowled 4 overs with 2 maidens, conceded just a measly 8 runs, and picked up 6 wickets to crush the opposition batting. Led the list of the best match bowling in T20 World Cup 2012.
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