Top 5 bowlers with most wickets in first over in T20Is
Certain bowlers have dismissed batters in the first over time and again and set the tone for their side upfront.
T20 cricket is widely considered as a batter’s game and bowlers have very little margin for error. And in the international arena, which is studded with top-quality batters who can annihilate bowling attacks with their flamboyant stroke play, it has been usually difficult for bowlers to dictate terms.
However, there are certain gun bowlers who have displayed their mastery with the new ball and decimated the opposition. A few of them have dismissed batters in the first over time and time again and set the tone for their side upfront.
Top 5 bowlers with most wickets in the first over in T20Is:
5. Tim Southee - 10
New Zealand have produced many match-winners but there have not been many of the caliber of Tim Southee. The veteran pacer has put up swing bowling masterclasses in the international arena and dismantled top-quality batting line-ups for fun.
Test cricket has been Southee’s happy hunting ground, where he has bagged 359 wickets in 92 matches at an average of 29.33. The 34-year-old has displayed his class in the shortest format too, picking up 134 wickets in 107 matches at an economy of 8.16. His staggering tally of wickets is the most by a bowler in the T20Is.
During his illustrious T20I career spanning over 15 years and running, there have been times when Southee has weaved his magic in the first over itself. The 34-year-old has bagged 10 wickets in the first over to give New Zealand an ideal start with the ball.