10. India – Ravichandran Ashwin
In normal course, most players would have set aside their white-ball career and continued to focus on red-ball cricket. But that is what makes Ravi Ashwin different. He didn’t give up and kept unfurling new variations and now looks set to make his comeback in ODIs as well.
9. Pakistan – Shaheen Shah Afridi
In 21 T20I games this year, he picked up 23 wickets and was one of the best in 2021. Mostly the successful bowlers in 2021 are spinners but the southpaw proved his mettle consistently delivering some of the best spells especially during the T20 World Cup.
8. Afghanistan – Rashid Khan
This is the obvious name in the list. It will not be wrong to say that he is currently the best leg-spinner in shortest format. Each and every team will want Rashid Khan in their playing eleven. He has now become a rockstar and with age on his side, he will be undoubtedly achieving new heights in coming years.
7. New Zealand – Ish Sodhi
In ICC T20 World Cup 2021, he picked 9 wickets in 7 games at an average of 21.55. In most of the matches, Sodhi struck in his very first over as well handing momentum to New Zealand. Sodhi will be keen to play a similar role for his team in the 2022 World Cup.
6. South Africa – Tabraiz Shamsi
He has 36 wickets to his name in 22 games in 2021. He maintained a dream economy of 5.32 throughout the year and a strike-rate of 13.36. He is the joint-highest wicket taker in T20Is in 2021. He also achieved the record of most T20I wickets in a calendar year.
5. West Indies – Obed McCoy
He was very good in the series against Australia. He returned with the bowling figures of 4/26 in one of the matches. He scalps two four wicket hauls this year and bowled with a economy of 7.07. He is definitely the future of West Indies cricket.
4. England – Adil Rashid
The classy English leg-spinner is a trump card for his national side. The strong dominance of England in white ball cricket is a result of match-winners that they have produced in recent years. The leggie Adil Rashid is one of those players who has been exceptional for them.
3. Bangladesh – Mustafizur Rahman
The southpaw has been a consistent performers for Bangladesh. In a total 61 T20Is in his career, he has 86 wickets to his name and also has picked up a 5-wicket haul. He has mastered the art of bowling off-cutters which brings the most wickets for him in T20Is.
2. Sri Lanka – Wanindu Hasaranga
Hasaranga also got the chance of playing in the second phase of IPL 2021 as an injury replacement. 2021 has been the best year for him. With Sri Lanka struggling, he is being looked at as a promising player who can take the Sri Lankan cricket to new heights.
1. Australia – Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa was one of the wrist spinners who was in the list of highest wicket-takers. Currently ranked third in ICC T20I rankings, 2021 turned out to be a breakthrough year for the leggie. He will be one of the players to watch out for in coming years.