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Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan holds the record for most dot balls bowled in T20I cricket.

The spinner has bowled a record 863 dot balls in 96 innings while maintaining an economy rate of 6.68.

Shakib, who has the most wickets in T20I cricket history, is far ahead of Shahid Afridi, who is second on this list for most dots bowled in T20 Internationals. The former Pakistan all-rounder bowled 830 dot balls in the 97 innings he played in T20 International cricket.

Afridi’s economy rate of 6.63 is the best among the top five bowlers who have bowled the most dot balls in T20I cricket.

New Zealand’s Tim Southee is the leading pacer with the most dot balls bowled in T20Is. The right-arm speedster has bowled 817 dot balls in 93 innings.

Southee has also bowled the third highest number of dot balls inside powerplay overs in T20 Internationals with 381 dot balls in 71 innings where he bowled in the opening six overs of a 20-over game.

India’s pace sensation Bhuvneshwar Kumar follows Southee on this list. The Indian bowler is fourth on the list with 738 dot balls in 72 innings.

Furthermore, Bhuvneshwar is the first and only bowler to have bowled 500 dot balls inside powerplay overs. Speaking of most dots bowled in powerplay overs in a T20I fixture, Bhuvi (IND vs WI, 2014) was the second to register 16 dot balls in his spell during the first six overs of a 20-over game after South Africa’s Lonwabo Tsotsobe (PAK vs SA, 2013).

As far as most dot balls bowled in a T20I innings is concerned, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s best performance with the ball came against UAE in 2016, where he bowled 20 dot balls. 

He shares the Indian record for most dot balls bowled in a T20I innings with Ravindra Jadeja, who bowled 20 dot deliveries against Sri Lanka in 2016.

Lasith Malinga completes the top five list of bowlers with the most dot balls bowled in T20I cricket. The Sri Lankan legend, who bid adieu to cricket in 2021, bowled 713 dot balls in 83 innings in his T20I career.

Most dot balls bowled in T20I cricket

Player

Country

Innings

Dot Balls

Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh

96

863

Shahid Afridi

Pakistan

97

830

Tim Southee

New Zealand

93

817

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

India

72

738

Lasith Malinga

Sri Lanka

83

713

Mohammad Nabi

Afghanistan

90

677

Rashid Khan

Afghanistan

67

627

Saeed Ajmal

Pakistan

63

620

Mustafizur Rahman

Bangladesh

68

619

Chris Jordan

England

80

607

Author: William Paul

Featured photo: AFP / RANDY BROOKS

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