Former West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo currently holds the record for picking the most wickets in T20 cricket.

The right-arm medium pacer has bagged 540 wickets in 496 matches at an average of 24.42 and an economy of 8.21. He is the first cricketer to reach 500 wickets in the T20 format.

Apart from playing for the West Indies cricket team, Bravo has donned the jersey of several franchises in the Indian T20 League, Caribbean Premier League, Big Bash, Vitality T20 Blast and Bangladesh Premier League. 

Since making his T20I debut against New Zealand in 2006, Bravo has been a vital cog in the West Indies team in the shortest format of the game, winning the ICC World T20 titles in 2012 and 2016.

In his stellar T20 career, the Trinidad and Tobago-born cricketer has claimed the most wickets for Team Chennai in the Indian T20 League, picking 156 wickets in 144 matches at an impressive average of 24.88.

Bravo is followed by South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir, his West Indies teammate Sunil Narine, Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who complete the top five list of most wickets in T20 cricket.

Along with Bravo, Tahir and Narine are the only two bowlers to take 400 T20 wickets. 

Interestingly, when T20 cricket was introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2003, it was believed that spinners would be clobbered all round the park in the shortest format of the game.

However, since the inception of T20, spinners have played an important role in most games. Five spinners are currently in the top 10 list for most wickets in T20 cricket.

Most wickets in T20 cricket

Player Matches Wickets Best Figures Average Economy
Dwayne Bravo 496 540 5/23 24.42 8.21
Imran Tahir 329 416 5/23 19.68 6.96
Sunil Narine 369 407 5/19 20.87 6.06
Lasith Malinga 295 390 6/7 19.68 7.07
Shakib Al Hasan 339 385 6/6 21.25 6.85
Rashid Khan 277 384 5/3 17.46 6.33
Sohail Tanvir 361 373 6/14 25.16 7.39
Shahid Afridi 326 344 5/7 22.63 6.74
Wahab Riaz 286 342 5/8 21.94 7.38
Andre Russell 374 329 5/15 25.7 8.39

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