Today we bring you the Cricketers who led the table for the most wickets at 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 there are limited overs for the play, 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.
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 led the ICC to organize the next T20 world cup within 2 years i.e. 2009. The 2009 T20 world cup was hosted by England. Under the captaincy of Younis Khan, Pakistan lifted the T20 World Cup 2009 trophy after defeating Sri Lanka in the grand-finale. During the tournament, several records were formed by batsmen and bowlers.
Several memorable knocks were played and new records were formed during the tournament. Here, in this article, we have mentioned 5 bowlers who were among the holders of the most wickets at T20 World Cup 2009.
5. Shahid Afridi: 11 wickets
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 in the top 5 table for the most wickets at T20 World Cup 2009, picking up 11 wickets, including one four-wicket haul, in 7 matches at the economy rate of 5.32 and an average of 13.54.
4. Lasith Malinga: 12 wickets
Having made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2004, Lasith Malinga became the indispensable part of his side in shorter formats with his superb fast bowling style. He has now become one of the best fast bowlers of all time. Batsmen feared to face his pin-point yorkers during the peak of his career.
He was also the mainstay for the team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 where his team reached the final of the tournament. He was in the top 5 table for the most wickets at T20 World Cup 2009, picking 12 wickets in 7 matches at the economy rate of 7.14 and an average of 15.74.
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3. Saeed Ajmal: 12 wickets
Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal, who made the debut in 2008, instantly attained success in shorter formats due to his unique spin style. For his commendable performance in the T20 format, he was given a chance to showcase his talent in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009.
He showcased his brilliance with the bowl in the tournament, becoming one of the 5 table-entries for the most wickets at T20 World Cup 2009. Ajmal scalped 12 wickets, including one four-wicket haul, in 7 matches at the economy rate of 5.82 and an average of 13.58. The third-highest wicket-taker of the tournament and helped Pakistan to take the trophy home.
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2. Ajantha Mendis: 12 wickets
Sri Lankan cricketer Ajantha Mendis, at the peak of his career, would tear apart any opposition with his unorthodox spin bowling. His accuracy to pitch the ball on the stump was his strength. However, he had a dreadful end as gradually his technique got exposed to batsmen. He soon faded away from international cricket. Nevertheless, he had given outstanding performances at the peak of his career.
His masterpiece was also witnessed in the T20 World Cup 2009 where he topped the chart for his team. He was among the the top 2 table-entries for the most wickets at T20 World Cup 2009, picking 12 wickets in 7 matches at the economy rate of 5.50 and a stunning average of 11.91 in the tournament. Although his efforts could not help Sri Lanka to grab their hand on the world T20 trophy, they faced defeat in the final against Pakistan.
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1. Umar Gul: 13 wickets
Umar Gul didn’t get publicity like his counterparts but he had a significant influence in Pakistan’s team. He was a lethal bowler in shorter formats where he enjoyed immense success. His slower deliveries and crisp yorkers have destroyed any opposition. Having made the debut in 2003, he cemented 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 he led the table for the most wickets at T20 World Cup 2009. He picked up 13 wickets in 7 matches with an economy rate of 6.44 and average of 12.15 which includes a 5-wicket haul. Gul has represented Pakistan in 47 Tests, 130 ODIs and 60 T20Is and last played for them in 2016.
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