India wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Sunday became the 3rd Indian men’s bowler to scalp 50 T20I wickets. When Chahal dismissed Mahmudullah for 8 in Nagpur during the 3rd T20I vs Bangladesh, he joined R Ashwin (52) and Jasprit Bumrah (51) on the exclusive list.
Playing his 34th T20I, however, Chahal is the fastest among Indians* to the landmark of 50 T20I wickets, beating Bumrah (41) and Ashwin who took 42 matches to get there. Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis, who picked his 50th T20I scalp in his 26th match is the world leader in this regard with Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan (both 31 matches) the next fastest. Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman (33) is the only other bowler in the world, who got to 50 wickets in fewer games than Chahal.
Overall, Chahal is the 32nd bowler in the world to have picked 50 or more wickets in the shortest format of the game. Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga is the all-time leader amongst bowlers with 106 wickets to his name.
Among Indian women, however, Poonam Yadav (83), Jhulan Goswami (56) and Ekta Bisht (53) are all ahead of their male counterparts in terms of wickets taken in T20Is.
Currently, the series between India and Bangladesh is leveled at 1-1.
Bangladesh had defeated India on Sunday by seven wickets in the first T20I of the three-match series. This win was Bangladesh’s first over India in the shortest format of the game.
The Men in Blue bounced back in the second match as skipper Rohit Sharma played an 85-run knock to guide India to an emphatic eight-wicket win over Bangladesh.
Shreyas Iyer (62) and KL Rahul (52) hit swift half-centuries to help India set a target of 175 to win for Bangladesh in the series decider in Nagpur on Sunday. While it was the maiden fifty for Iyer, Rahul scored his 6th fifty in the shortest format on the international level. Some late-order hitting from Manish Pandey helped India cross the 170-run mark. For Bangladesh, Shafiul Islam and Soumya Sarkar picked up 2 wickets apiece with the latter removing Iyer and Pant in the same over.
India and Bangladesh will next lock horns in the 1st Test of the 2-match series on Thursday, November 14 in Indore.
*Note: All records are for men’s international cricket only