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Tabraiz Shamsi sets new record for most T20I wickets in a calendar year

Tabraiz Shamsi has taken 32 wickets in T20Is this year.© AFP

South Africa’s left winger Tabraiz Shamsi broke the record for most wickets in a calendar year in T20Is during his team’s third straight game T20 World Cup, Saturday against Sri Lanka in Sharjah. Shamsi overtook Uganda’s Dinesh Nakrani (2021) and Australia’s Andrew Tye (2018) who took 31 wickets in a calendar year. The attendant now has 32 wickets behind his name in 2021 and he is also the world’s number 1 bowler on the T20I rankings.

In the list of most wickets in T20Is in 2021, Shamsi and Wanindu Hasaranga are the only bowlers to play the T20 World Cup 2021 and have more than 30 wickets to their name. Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga got 31 wickets this year while Bangladesh’s left arm pace adjuster Mustafizur Rahman took 26 wickets in 2021.

Shamsi bowled three wickets against Sri Lanka and conceded just 17 runs in four overs that helped South Africa take early command in the match. The 31-year-old dismissed Banuka Rajapaksa, Avishka Fernando and Wanindu Hasanranga in the middle overs. The trio was effective for the 2014 champions with their performances in this year’s tournament.


Sri Lanka were bowled out for 142 runs with excellent bowling by Shamsi (3/17), Dawaine Pretorius (3/17) and Anrich Nortje (2/27). Pathum Nissanka reached the top for Sri Lanka with his 72 runs using six fours and three sixes.

After making his debut in 2017, Shamsi played 45 T20Is for South Africa and took 53 wickets with the best figures of 4/25 that came against Pakistan earlier this year.

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