Ever since the inaugural edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2007, which a young Indian side won against all odds, the premier cricket tournament has seen some extraordinary bowlers take centre stage. 

Currently, Bangladesh player Shakib Al Hasan’s 47 wickets is the record for most wickets taken in the T20 World Cup history. 

Meanwhile, spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin holds the record for most wickets for India in T20 World Cup with 32 wickets in 23 matches. Ashwin made his T20 World Cup debut in the 2012 edition.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s best bowling figures at the T20 World Cup is 4/11, which he recorded in a group phase match against Australia in the 2014 edition. India won that match by 73 runs.

The 37-year-old, who is currently India’s fifth-highest wicket-taker in T20Is behind Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya has been an integral part of the national side over the years and has now featured in five T20 World Cups.

Ravindra Jadeja is next on the list of most wickets for India in T20 World Cups. The slow left-arm orthodox spinner, who first played in the 2009 edition, has taken 21 wickets in 24 matches. He bagged seven wickets in the previous edition, which is his individual best.

Jadeja was all set to feature in the Twenty20 World Cup 2022 but an unfortunate injury ruled him out of the tournament in Australia.

With 10 wickets in 20 matches, all-rounder Hardik Pandya is next on the list. His best spell of 3/27 was registered in India's latest T20 World Cup 2024 match against Ireland in New York.

Pacer Arshdeep Singh is fourth on the list. The left-arm medium-pacer from India has picked up 17 wickets in only nine games from 2022-2024. He holds a low average of 13.58 and an economy rate of 7.21 

India's star all-pacer Jasprit Bumrah also features in the list of leading wicket-takers for India in T20 World Cup. The right-arm fast bowler has scalped 16 wickets in 12 games. His top spell of 3/14 came against neighbours Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2024. Bumrah defended eight runs in the last over to register the historic victory.

Former all-rounder Irfan Pathan is the sixth Indian bowler on the list with 16 wickets in 15 games. He took 10 wickets at an economy of 6.77 in the inaugural edition and played a crucial part in India lifting the trophy. His best figures of 3/16 came in the final against arch-rivals Pakistan - a performance that won him the Man of the Match award too.

The left-armer formed a formidable pace bowling partnership with RP Singh and the duo accounted for a total of 22 wickets in that first edition of World T20.

Legendary spinner Harbhajan Singh completes the top seven list of the most wickets for India in T20 World Cup. Nicknamed ‘The Turbanator’, he has taken 16 wickets in 19 matches between 2007 and 2012. Interestingly, he also holds the record for bowling the most number of maiden overs in World T20 with four in as many editions.

Ashish Nehra, RP Singh and Mohammed Shami are the other top wicket-takers for India in the T20 World Cup.

Most wickets for India in T20 World Cup

No. Player Wickets Matches Best Figures
1 Ravichandran Ashwin 32 24 4/11
2 Ravindra Jadeja 21 24 3/15
3 Hardik Pandya 20 19 3/27
4 Arshdeep Singh 17 9 4/9
5 Jasprit Bumrah 16 13 3/14
6 Irfan Pathan 16 15 3/16
7 Harbhajan Singh 16 19 4/12
8 Ashish Nehra 15 10 3/19
9 RP Singh 14 9 4/13
10 Mohammed Shami 14 14 3/15

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