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Asian bowlers excel in bowling maiden overs in T20 World Cup, Indian spinner holds the record.


New Delhi. Even bowling a maiden over in T20 style cricket dominated by batsmen is no less than an achievement for any bowler. Although cricket itself is considered a ‘batsman’s game’, but in T20 cricket, there is such a flurry of fours and sixes that it proves to be a nightmare for many bowlers. Bowlers who perform brilliantly in Tests and ODIs also often find themselves in the ‘hitlist’ of batsmen in T20Is. In this format, only those bowlers are more successful who are accurate and do not give the batsman a chance to open their hands through changes and variations in pace.

Many times the speed of the bowler’s balls also becomes helpful in the aggressive shots of the batsman. The faster the bowler throws the ball, the faster the ball crosses the boundary. In such a situation, spinners are generally more successful in controlling the run rate in T20 format than fast bowlers. Even in the ICC T20 World Cup, spinners have an ‘edge’ over fast bowlers in terms of economy (runs given per over) and maiden overs. However, fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga can be considered exceptions in this matter. There are a good number of spinners who have recorded an economy of less than 7 in the T20 World Cup. Spin bowlers like Wanindu Hasaranga, Samuel Badree and Natham McCullum have even taken wickets while bowling with an economy of less than 6. Asian spinners are dominant in bowling the maximum number of maiden overs in the tournament.

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India’s offbreak bowler Harbhajan Singh holds the record for bowling the most number of maiden overs in the T20 World Cup. From the first T20 World Cup in 2007 (in which Team India became champion) to 2012, Bhajji played four tournaments and bowled a total of 69 overs in 18 innings of 19 matches, in which there were four maidens. He has taken 16 wickets at an average of 29.25, economy of 6.78 and strike rate of 25.87. During this period, Harbhajan’s best performance has been four wickets for 12 runs. He took 7 wickets at an average of 26.00 in 2007, 5 wickets at an average of 26.20 in 2009 and four wickets at an average of 8.00 in 2012. Harbhajan did not take a single wicket in the five matches of the 2010 T20 World Cup.

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Three bowlers from Sri Lanka and one from Pakistan are at second place.
Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara and Rangana Herath and Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir are jointly second in bowling maiden overs in the T20 World Cup. These four bowlers have bowled three maiden overs each in the tournament. Among these bowlers, Aamir is almost certain to play in the T20 World Cup 2024, so this Pakistani bowler will have a chance to equal or surpass Harbhajan’s record.

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Sri Lanka’s mystery spinner Mendis (Ajantha Mendis) has bowled 78.3 overs in 21 matches between 2009 and 2014, taking 35 wickets at an average of 15.02, economy of 6.70 and strike rate of 13.45. Registering the best bowling analysis of the T20 World Cup, he took six wickets for just 8 runs against Zimbabwe in the match at Hambantota in 2012. Similarly, Sri Lanka’s left arm spinner Herath (Rangana Herath) bowled 35.3 overs in 10 matches of three T20 World Cups between 2012 and 2016, taking 13 wickets (best three for giving away runs) at an average of 16.46, economy of 6.02 and strike rate of 16.38. 5 wickets have been achieved. Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara has taken 17 wickets (best of 4 wickets for 32 runs) in 58.5 overs of 18 matches of the tournament between 2009 and 2016 at an average of 25.29, economy of 7.30 and strike rate of 20.76.

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Pakistan’s left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir has bowled 62 overs in 17 T20 World Cup matches between 2009 and 2016, taking 17 wickets at an average of 26.17, economy of 7.17 and strike rate of 21.88, and his best performance is Has been three wickets for 23 runs. Due to the five-year ban imposed in the spot-fixing case, Aamir had to spend some of his important years away from cricket. On the request of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), he has returned from retirement to international cricket and will again be seen playing T20 World Cup.

Apart from these bowlers, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann of England, Tim Southee of New Zealand, Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka and Taskin Ahmed of Bangladesh have also bowled two maiden overs each in the T20 World Cup. Among these bowlers, Mathews, Southee and Taskin can be seen playing in the T20 World Cup 2024 and they have a chance to improve their record. Taskin is injured but has been given a place in the 15-member Bangladesh team. The team management is hopeful of him being fit for the T20 World Cup.

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