India’s Bumrah makes T20I record

22-year-old claimed most T20I wickets in a calendar year

Sports Desk August 30, 2016

Right-arm medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah added his name to the record books on Sunday after capturing the most T20I wickets in a calendar year.

The 22-year-old, who only made his T20I debut in January against Australia at the Adelaide Oval, has taken 28 wickets for India in 21 matches.

Bumrah took 2-26 against the West Indies on Sunday night, before the match was washed out, adding to the 2-47 he claimed in the first T20I in Lauderhill, Florida.

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Former Australia quick Dirk Nannes was the previous record holder, having taken 27 wickets in 14 matches in 2010.

The Indian bowler also took 15 wickets for Mumbai Indians in this year’s Indian Premier League. He also earned the plaudits of coach Ricky Ponting in the process. “If you look at the skills Bumrah has and the way he has come through over the last two years, then he is ready to play Test cricket,” said Ponting. “He’s got everything. He’s got an unusual action, got good pace and with the brand new ball can get some good movement in the air.”

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Meanwhile, Ravi Ashwin also took two wickets on Sunday against the West Indies to move to 23 for 2016, fourth-most in a calendar year, and 52 overall, most by any Indian bowler.

Pakistan currently dominate the T20I top wicket-takers list since the inaugural match in 2005, with Shahid Afridi (97), Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal (85 each) occupying the top three places.

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