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ICC T20: Who will take the most wickets?



With 12 teams making their way into the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in Oman and the UAE, there are some big names that are poised to claim scalps in the mega-event.

Here are some of the most threatening bowlers that are likely to end up as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament:

Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah is coming off a decent IPL season where he picked a whopping 21 wickets.

Despite Mumbai Indians failing to make it to the playoffs, Bumrah continued to impress with the ball throughout the tournament.

Being a death-over specialist, Bumrah is likely to take a huge number of wickets in the competition in his opening spell as well as penultimate overs.

Rashid Khan

Afghanistan have two mystery spinners that have made it big in T20 cricket in no time: Rashid Khan and Mujib ur Rehman.

But Rashid stands head and shoulders above spinners when it comes to keeping the economy tight and deceiving the bowlers with variations.

The Afghan leg-spinner has a knack for conceding little to no boundaries usually.

He can lead Afghanistan to great heights in the mega event.

Shaheen Shah Afridi

Pakistan’s pace cartel is being led by a 21-year-old who has been making waves against some of the best sides in the world.

Shaheen Afridi’s late swing in the opening overs makes it difficult for the top-order of the opposition to find gaps in the powerplay.

He has been using his yorkers to perfection in franchise cricket as well.

Tabraiz Shamsi

Shamsi has climbed to new heights in no time.

The South African chinaman is ICC’s top-ranked bowler in T2Os.

The only thing that Shamsi lacks is his consistency with the length and vulnerability against left-handed batsmen.

Fakhar Zaman exposed Shamsi in Pakistan’s last away series against South Africa where he smacked him for sixes for fun.

Nonetheless, on his day, Shamsi can keep the batters in check and chip away vital wickets to get back the control of the game.

Mustafizur Rahman

Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman has performed well in international cricket in every format ever since he burst into the scene for the Tigers.

However, his record in the shortest format speaks volumes of his skillset.

He has claimed 82 wickets in 55 T20Is so far.

Rahman averages 18.53 as a bowler with an economy of 7.54 in T20Is.

This shows that the 26-year-old seamer is the pace spearhead for Mahmudullah Riyad’s men for a reason.

His ability to deliver slow deliveries and off-cutters makes it difficult for batters, especially the right-handed batsmen, to score boundaries against him with ease.

Rahman’s variations keep the batters guessing since his wrist position is almost the same in every ball he delivers, making it harder for the batters to judge the deliveries.

Mitchell Starc

Starc has always stepped up in the ICC events.

He has been a top performer for Australia in World Cups and he will look to carry his good form into the tournament that starts this week.

On tricky tracks of the UAE, Australia can benefit from Starc’s opening spells that will be well supported by Josh Hazlewood and Kane Richardson.

The left-arm pacer clicks 145km/h with ease, and his serious pace and swing keep the batters in check.

Starc has claimed 51 wickets in 41 T20Is.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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