T-20 Cricket: If you look at the bowling figures in the T20 format in the year 2019, then the players of the Associate countries dominated. Teams like Nepal, Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, and Oman participated in a lot of T20 matches. Players from these countries also performed well.
Brandon Glover, a 27-year-old right-arm fast bowler from the Netherlands, became the highest wicket-taker in T20 cricket this year. Glover took 28 wickets in 19 matches at an average of 16 and a strike rate of 13.9 in the year 2019.
During this time, his economy rate was 6.89. Another Nepal fast bowler, Karan Casey, also took 28 wickets in 19 matches at an average of 17. During this time, their strike rate was 14.1 and the economy was 7.23.
Talented young leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichane from Nepal also made it to the list of top wicket-takers this year with 28 wickets. However, all these bowlers are from non-Test playing countries.
Let’s take a look at the 3 bowlers of the leading teams who have taken the most T20 international wickets in a year.
Former Australian left-arm fast bowler Dirk Nanus (Nanus has also played for the Netherlands) took 27 wickets in 14 T20 matches in 2010 at an average of 14.92. During this period, his strike rate was 11.7 and the economy rate was 7.60.
Nanas did his best in a low-scoring match played against Bangladesh in Bridgetown in the World T20 where he took 4 wickets for 18 runs. Apart from this, he took 3 wickets for 25 runs in a match against India which included Yuvraj Singh, Murali Vijay, and Gautam Gambhir.
India’s fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was the highest wicket-taker in T20 cricket in 2016. He took 28 wickets in 21 matches at an average of 18.82 that year. During this period Bumrah had a strike rate of 17 and an economy rate of 6.62.
Bumrah, who made his ODI debut earlier that year, made his international debut in T20 cricket in the same series. He played 3 wickets for 23 runs in a T20 match against Australia in Adelaide and was instrumental in India’s 37-run win.
Australia’s T20 specialist bowler Andrew Tye holds the record for most wickets in T20s in a calendar year. Tye took 31 wickets in 19 matches at an average of 18.93 and a strike rate of 13.2 in 2018. During this time, his economy rate was 8.56.