Strike rate refers to two different statistics in the great sport of cricket. Batting strike rate is a measure of how quickly a batter scores runs with respect to the balls faced. Bowling strike rate, on the other hand, is a measure of the average number of balls bowled per wicket taken by a bowler. With the modern era of cricket being over-reliant on stats and figures, the aforementioned ratios become quintessential for a player. Today, we’re going to be looking at the bowler’s side of things. The strike rate is a vital parameter to judge the credibility of a bowler in the T20s. Some may say taking wickets is not as important as maintaining a low economy but that’s up to the reader’s discretion. In conclusion, here is a list of the top-five bowlers with the best strike-rate in the T20 World Cup.
5. Saeed Ajmal – 14.8
It is no hidden fact that spinners have been more successful in T20 cricket as compare to the quicks. Starting off the list we have former Pakistani spinner, Saeed Ajmal. The Ace off-spinner has taken a record three 4-fers in the WT20 in just 23 games. In addition to this, Ajmal is also in the leading wicket taker’s chart for the WT20 with 36 wickets in 23 matches. Taking a wicket after almost every 15th delivery, Ajmal’s stint in the T20 World Cup has been breathtaking, to say the least.
4. Samuel Badree – 14.7
A crucial cog in the West Indies 2016 edition winning side, Samuel Badree was a handy customer in T20 cricket. Similarly, Badree’s precise bowling accuracy and innumerable variations have been his forte over the years. The leggie has a sublime bowling strike rate of 14.7 in the T20 World Cup, making him the one with the fourth-best strike rate in the prestigious tournament.
3. Al-Amin Hossain – 14.7
Despite having played only two editions of the T20 World Cup, Bangladesh’s fiery sensation Al-Amin Hossain sits at number three on this list. Hossain has represented the Bangladeshi Tigers in 14 previous encounters and has grabbed an impressive18 wickets under his belt. Al-Amin has a strike rate of 14.7 in the T20 World Cup which is enough to make him the third best bowler in the tournament with respect to strike rate. Being the only active player on this list, Hossain would have his eyes set on becoming number one on this list.
2. Umar Gul – 14.1
The tall, lanky-cricketer from Peshawar has played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s success in the early editions of the WT20. His disciplined line and length made Umar Gul the highest wicket-taker in the 2007 and the 2010 T20 World-Cups. Gul’s excellent record with the leather makes him stand miles apart from the rest of the quicks in the tournament. With a strike rate of 14.1 in the tournament, it would be hard to disagree that Gul’s run has been nothing short of sensational.
1. Ajantha Mendis – 13.4
When it comes to bowling strike rate, Sri Lanka’s mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis sits atop all. Having represented his side from 2009-2014, the former Sri Lankan cricketer has had quite a memorable run in the tournament. They say the numbers don’t lie and his economy (6.70), bowling average (15.02), and strike rate (13.40) make Mendis one of the greatest of all time. Above all, with the extraordinary performances he’s had in the WT20 over the years, it will be worth watching if anyone beats or let alone come close to his record. Ajantha Mendis holds the record of Best Bowling Strike Rate in T20 World Cup history.
Top Five Bowlers with the Best Strike Rate in T20 World Cup