Stats: Most wickets in T20s
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo became the first bowler to pick up 400 T20 wickets during the Big Bash League game between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes at the Blundstone Arena. Courtesy of his five-wicket haul for the Renegades, which was only his second five-fer of his T20 career, Bravo reached the 400 mark in his 365th T20 match.
Bravo, who was also the first to reach the 300 mark in T20s, comfortably extended his lead at the top of this list and continues to flourish with his dizzying array of slower balls, bouncers and yorkers. Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga in second place with 331 wickets from just 243 matches.
During the Bangladesh Premier League game between Dhaka Dynamites and Sylhet Sixers, West Indies spinner Sunil Narine became only the third bowler to cross the 300 wicket mark in T20s. Only Lasith Malinga and compatriot Dwayne Bravo above him on the all-time list of leading wicket-takers in T20s.
Behind Narine are the only three other active members in the list of top ten T20 wicket-takers in the history of the format. Shakib Al Hasan, Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir occupy the next three spots and have consistently exchanged spots in the last couple of months.
While there are two West Indians in the top three, the top ten is dominated by Pakistani bowlers, who occupy five of the top ten. There are two from West Indies and one each from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South Africa.
Despite the dominance of spinners in T20s, the top ten comprises of more fast bowlers than spinners. However, it is almost evenly spread with six pacers and four spinners taking the top ten spots. While the top six are still playing, the bottom four have called time on their T20 career.
Only 11 bowlers have managed to take over 250 wickets in T20s. Dirk Nannes only just misses out on the top ten as he ended his career with 257 wickets, just one behind Azhar Mahmood, who is in 10th spot.
Here is the complete list of leading wicket-takers in T20s:
NOTE: List updated at the end of Hobart Hurricanes innings against Melbourne Renegades on 21 December 2017.