5 best bowling figures by Indian bowlers in T20Is
T20 as a competition of bat and ball, has completely become a batsman-dominated game today. The two prime reasons for it is smaller grounds and the flat pitches laid out on them. The reduction in the size of the grounds has proved to be a negative change for the bowlers as they can now get easily hammered for a six.
The bowling department is the one which has to face major problems, especially in the format of T20. However, it also depends on the talent and skills of the bowler. The bowler must be smart enough to select his line and length according to the batsmen’s playing technique. India has been lucky to have several sharp-minded bowlers in their team.
Currently, the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has been at the top of the world. They have completely outwitted each and every batsman with their wrist spin.
They have even registered their names in the top 5 bowling spells by an Indian bowler in T20s. Such top 5 spells are as follows:
#5 Barinder Sran (4 overs - 0 maiden - 10 runs - 4 wickets)
The 26-year-old left arm pacer of India, Barinder Sran made an eye-catching debut in international cricket two and a half years ago. Sran played his first-ever international T20I match against Zimbabwe on 20th June 2016. After his first T20I match only, he made a roaring entry into the books of records because of his economic bowling spell.
Barinder holds the record for the best bowling figures by an Indian debutant in T20Is. With his quick left-arm bowling action, Sran dismissed 4 batsmen by just conceding 10 runs in his 4 overs.
#4 Ravichandran Ashwin (4 overs - 0 maiden - 8 runs - 4 wickets)
Presently, Ravichandran Ashwin is going through a tough phase in his limited-overs career as he only plays red-ball cricket. After the 2011 ICC World Cup, Ashwin remained in the limelight for many years because of his variations in his off-spin bowling. The spinning duo of Ashwin and Jadeja was at their most promising form after the 2011 ICC World Cup.
Ashwin hasn’t played an international T20 match for the last 1 year but he still has made his name as one of the top T20 specialists of India. From 2010-present, Ashwin has grabbed 52 T20I wickets from 46 matches with his best figures of 4 wickets for 8 runs.
Ravichandran Ashwin delivered the best T20 spell of his career against Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam on 14 February 2016. By conceding just 8 runs, he picked up 4 wickets in his quota of 4 overs, registering it as the top T20I spell of his career.
#3 Kuldeep Yadav (4 overs - 0 maiden - 24 runs - 5 wickets)
Kuldeep Yadav has become a supremely effective bowler for India in T20s since his debut. Kuldeep Yadav has the traces of the legendary spinner, Shane Warne in his bowling style and spin. With his unique variations, he can easily outwit even the best batsman of the world.
The spin duo of Kuldeep and Chahal has instilled the worst fears in the minds of world-class batsmen currently. Kuldeep Yadav has grabbed 33 wickets in just 17 international T20 matches so far in his T20I career which even includes a five-wicket haul.
Yadav achieved his best bowling figures in the year 2018 against England. Kuldeep grabbed 5 wickets at an economy of just 6 runs per over at Manchester on 3rd July 2018. After achieving his best bowling figures in T20Is, he achieved the feat of having a 5 wicket-haul in all 3 formats of the game.
#2 Bhuvneshwar Kumar ( 4 overs- 0 maiden- 24 runs- 5 wickets)
Nicknamed Bhuvi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is currently the best pace bowler for India in T20s just after Jasprit Bumrah. Bhuvi became the 2nd Indian bowler to dismiss 5 batsmen in a single match in T20s at the international level in February 2018.
The pace department of India is currently under the full control of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. This duo possesses the perfect blend of swing and pace which can turn the game at any moment. These 2 bowlers have got the best skills to decipher the mindset of any batting order of the world.
The Meerut-born pacer has been the cornerstone for India in T20Is in the last few years. He achieved his best bowling figures at Johannesburg on 18 February 2018 against South Africa where he grabbed 5 wickets for just 24 runs.
#1 Yuzvendra Chahal ( 4 overs - 0 maiden - 25 runs - 6 wickets)
Popularly known as Yuzi, Yuzvendra Chahal, the right-arm leg spinner, has dominated opposition batsmen in T20Is ever since his debut. Even the best of batsmen face a problem while trying to figure out the ball from Chahal’s hand.
Yuzvendra has played the role of a leading spinner for India in T20s. He is the only Indian bowler to take 6 wickets in a T20 international. Chahal grabbed his best bowling figures of 6 wickets for just 25 runs against England at Bengaluru.
With his such quick progress in the spin department, he also has the ability to become the next big thing of the cricketing world.