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Chance for Shakib to be the highest wicket-taker in T20 WC history

Khalid Umar Malik
18 Oct 2021, 14:20 GMT+10

Ace Shakib al Hasan, the Bangladesh all-rounder, is on the verge of being the top wicket-taker in Twenty20 World Cup history with just ten wickets to go.

Shakib, who returned to the Bangladesh team on Saturday following his IPL engagement, is currently batting at No. 7 with 30 wickets.

He has a chance to reach No. 1 because none of the six cricketers above him are playing in this T20 World Cup.

The bowlers above him are S. Africa's Dale Steyn with 30 wickets in 23 matches, Pakistan's Umar Gul with 35 in 24 games, Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis with 35 in 21, Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal with 36 in 23 matches, Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga with 38 in 31 and Pakistan's Shahid Afridi with 39 in 34 games.

Shakib took 30 wickets in 25 matches, with an average of 19.53 and a 6.84 economy rate.

Shakib, a left-arm spinner, however, took ten wickets in the 2016 T20 World Cup.

Shakib made history in the 2019 ODI World Cup, scoring 606 runs and taking ten wickets in just eight matches. He will undoubtedly become the most successful bowler in T20 World Cup history if he can keep up this pace.

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