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Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell Reckons T20 Format Is Enough To Take cricket Into Olympics And Not The 100

Ian Chappell, former Australia captain reckons that the T20 format is enough to take the sport into the Olympics and the newest addition ‘The Hundred’ was not really needed.

The Hundred is an England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) brainchild, and it is featuring eight teams taking on each other. The first match in the competition was played between the women’s teams of Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21. The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket competition that is seeing (both men and women) featuring in the tournament.

At what point does cricket become less of a game and more of an entertainment? Getty Images
At what point does cricket become less of a game and more of an entertainment? Getty Images

Ian Chappell: T20 Enough For Participating In The Olympics And A Further Reduction-The 100 Wasn’t Necessary

Trent Rockets is leading the Men’s points table with 6 points by winning all 3 games while Northern Superchargers is leading Women’s points tally with 7 points in 4 games(3 wins and 1 no-result).

“Apart from reducing the number of balls to obtain a terrestrial television deal, the reasoning behind the Hundred could well be that it improves the chances of cricket fulfilling the Olympic dream. This is often cited as a way to spread the game’s popularity to a wider audience. Surely the T20 format could achieve that same outcome without yet another reduction,” Ian Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.

“Cricket is a team game ideally played by 11 members aside. Performance satisfaction is a big reason why youngsters fall in love with the game. Administrators would do well to remember that before they rush into devising shorter forms of the game. The more the length of an innings is reduced, the greater chance that there will be players “just making up the numbers”. Even those players crave occasional performance satisfaction,” Ian Chappell added.

Further talking about the new format, Ian Chappell said: “Throughout my playing career I believed there were two possible solutions to a problem: a simple one and a complicated one. I also believed that to the benefit of Australia, England would regularly choose the complicated solution. They’ve done it again.”

File image of Ian Chappell.(Hindustan Times)
File image of Ian Chappell. (Hindustan Times)

“To overcome the perceived problem of public not fully conversant with cricket, they’ve concocted another form of the game – The Hundred. That’s right, they’ve reduced by a mere 20 balls a format that was extremely popular with players and the public,” Ian Chappell added.

The England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) The Hundred tournament is currently going on with much fanfare. The unique format sees both the team face 100 balls each with new sets of rules for the players.

Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Rashid Khan Are Some Of The Prominent Names Participating In The 100

Players like Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Rashid Khan, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, and Jonny Bairstow are taking part in the tournament. Women’s cricket matches are also taking place simultaneously in the Hundred with five Indian players featuring across women’s teams – Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, and Jemimah Rodrigues.

The Hundred
The Hundred

Probably in her worst batting phase before coming into the tournament, Jemimah Rodrigues dazzled on her Hundred debut with an unbeaten 92 off 43 balls studded with a whopping 17 fours and a six. She pulled Northern Superchargers out of deep trouble from 19 for 4 and took them to a stunning six-wicket win with 15 balls remaining.

Jemimah Rodrigues continued her form in the next game with another fifty – 60 off 41 with ten fours – against Trent Rockets that posted a match-winning 149 for her team.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle (Image Credit: IPL)

Chris Gayle – 1st To Hit 1000 T20 Sixes

On Friday (30th October) evening, “The Universe Boss” Chris Gayle became the first batsman to hit 1000 sixes in T20 cricket career. At the end of that innings, Gayle has smashed 1001 T20 sixes.

During the 50th match of the IPL 2020, where Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) were playing against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi), star KXIP cricketer Chris Gayle achieved this incredible feat.

Ahead of this match, the left-handed Jamaican batsman already smashed 993 sixes in 401 T20 innings (409 matches). While he was seven sixes away from the 1000 T20 sixes, Gayle hit 8 sixes during the 50th match of the IPL 2020 against Rajasthan Royals. Unlucky Gayle just missed out his 23rd T20 century as he was dismissed in the final over of the first innings after scoring 99 runs off 63 balls (6 fours and 8 sixes). After that innings, Gayle has hit 1001 T20 sixes in 402 innings (410 matches).

Chris Gayle, 1000 T20 sixes, 1000 sixes, Most T20 sixes
Chris Gayle (Image Credit: IPL)

The second most six-hitter in T20 cricket history is way behind from Gayle. Trinidadian all-rounder Kieron Pollard is in the next place of Gayle in the list of most T20 sixes with 690 sixes in 466 T20 innings (524 T20 matches).

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Kieron Pollard (Image Credit: IPL)

In the list of top 10 most T20 sixes, Rohit Sharma is the only Indian who has hit 376 T20 sixes in 324 innings (337 matches). At present, Rohit is the 8th most six-hitter in T20 cricket history.

Rohit Sharma, most T20 sixes
Rohit Sharma is leading the table of most T20 sixes among the Indians (Image Credit: Twitter)

Most T20 sixes (Top 10)

Player Nationality Matches (Innings) Number of Sixes
Chris Gayle Jamaican 410 (402) 1001
Kieron Pollard Trinidadian 524 (466) 690
Brendon McCullum New Zealand 370 (364) 485
Shane Watson Australian 343 (335) 467
Andre Russell Jamaican 339 (286) 447
AB de Villiers South African 322 (303) 417
Aaron Finch Australian 298 (293) 384
Rohit Sharma Indian 337 (324) 376
Dwayne Smith Barbadian 337 (327) 375
David Warner Australian 294 (293) 371

Chris Gayle has also hit 1000+ T20 fours

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Chris Gayle (Image Credit: IPL)

Chris Gayle has not only managed to hit 1000 T20 sixes, but he is also the only batsman to hit 1000 T20 fours. After this latest match, Gayle has managed to hit 1041 T20 fours in 402 innings. In the list of most T20 fours, Australian cricketer David Warner is in the second position with 945 T20 fours in 293 innings (294 matches).

Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik Becomes 4th Indian To Play 300 T20 Matches

On Monday (26th October) evening, the 35-year-old wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik became the fourth Indian cricketer to appear in 300 T20 matches.

During the 46th match of the IPL 2020, Dinesh Karthik reached this personal milestone in T20 career. It was the match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah), where Karthik was representing for KKR. Just a few days ago, Karthik stepped down from the captaincy role of this team.

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Dinesh Karthik is serving for Kolkata Knight Riders since 2018 (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Dinesh Karthik joined in the list of Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina

Dinesh Karthik, 300 T20 matches, Indian
Dinesh Karthik (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina are the other Indian cricketers who have already appeared in 300 T20 matches. While Rohit is India’s most-capped T20 player (337 matches), Dhoni (329 matches) and Raina (319 matches) are in the next positions and Karthik just joined in this list.

On the other hand, Indian national cricket team captain Virat Kohli is also very close to appearing in the list of 300 T20 matches among the Indians. Kohli has already appeared in 292 T20 matches as he is just eight T20 matches away to complete his 300 T20 matches. He can be the next Indian to play 300 T20 matches.

Virat Kohli, 300 T20 matches, Indian
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Top 5 most-capped T20 players from India

Player Matches
Rohit Sharma 337
MS Dhoni 329
Suresh Raina 319
Dinesh Karthik 300
Virat Kohli 292

Dinesh Karthik made his T20 debut in December 2006 during India’s first-ever T20 match (against South Africa at Johannesburg on 1st December 2006). Before his 300th T20 match, Karthik scored 5856 runs in T20 career with an average of 27.11 and strike-rate of 132.63. The right-handed batsman has already scored 30 half-centuries, including his best T20 knock 97*.

While Karthik has played 152 international matches, out of these 32 matches are T20Is. Apart from playing 31 T20Is for India, he has also played one T20I for ICC World XI in 2018. The wicket-keeper batsman has scored 399 runs in 32 T20Is (average 33.25; strike-rate 143.52), including his best score 48.

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard (Image Credit: IPL)

Kieron Pollard Becomes First Player To Take 300 T20 Catches

Caribbean all-rounder Kieron Pollard created history on Sunday (25th October) night as he became the first fielder to take 300 catches in T20 cricket history.

The 33-year-old Trinidad cricketer Kieron Pollard is already holding the record of most matches in T20 cricket history as he is still the only cricketer to appear in 500+ T20s. Serving for Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday night in the 45th match of the IPL 2020 against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi), it was the 523rd T20 match for Pollard. In the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma due to injury, Pollard led the Mumbai Indians team on that night, which was his second consecutive match as a captain for this team.

Kieron Pollard, 300 T20 catches, 300 catches, most T20 catches
Kieron Pollard (Image Credit: Google)

During this match, Pollard reached another milestone in his T20 career as he became the first fielder or non-wicket-keeper to take 300 T20 catches. Before this match, he was only one catch away from this feat as he already grabbed 299 catches in 522 T20s.

Kieron Pollard completed 300 T20 catches after dismissing Robin Uthappa

During the second innings of that match against Rajasthan Royals, while James Pattinson dismissed the opener Robin Uthappa (13) in the second over, the stand-in MI captain Pollard was the major reason for that wicket as he took the catch at mid-on to dismiss the Rajasthan Royals opener. Taking that catch, Pollard became the first cricketer to take 300 T20 catches.

Kieron Pollard, 300 T20 catches, 300 catches, most T20 catches
Mumbai Indians players celebrating after the dismissal of Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: IPL)

Another Caribbean cricketer Dwayne Bravo is in the second position in the list of most T20 catches but he is far behind from Pollard as Bravo has taken 230 T20 catches. South African cricketer David Miller is the only other name who has managed to pick up 200+ T20 catches as he has taken 205 T20 catches.

Dwayne Bravo, 300 T20 catches, 300 catches, most T20 catches
Dwayne Bravo (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Most T20 catches (Top 5)

Player Matches Catches
Kieron Pollard 523 300
Dwayne Bravo 471 230
David Miller 320 205
AB de Villiers 321 165
Suresh Raina 319 164

Among the wicket-keepers, there is no glove-man who has managed to take at least 200 T20 catches yet. Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni is leading the list of most T20 catches as a wicket-keeper as he has taken 179 T20 catches as a wicket-keeper.

MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

MS Dhoni Becomes Third Indian Batsman To Hit 300 T20 Sixes

During the 25th match of the IPL 2020 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai) on Saturday (10th October) night, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni became the third Indian batsman to hit 300 sixes in T20 career.

It was MS Dhoni’s 197th IPL match. Also, it was his 167th IPL match for CSK and 191st T20 match for CSK. Dhoni is the most capped player in IPL history as well as he is also the most capped player for CSK (both in IPL and T20 cricket).

MS Dhoni completed 300 T20 sixes in his 289th T20 innings

On the other hand, it is Dhoni’s 324th T20 match, the second most-capped T20 player among the Indians. Before this match, Dhoni was one six away to complete his 300 T20 sixes as the right-handed batsman already hit 299 T20 sixes.

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MS Dhoni (Image Credit: IPL)

Playing his 289th T20 innings on this night, Dhoni completed his 300 T20 sixes after hitting his first six of this match. In overall, Dhoni became the 22nd batsman to hit 300 T20 sixes.

Rohit Sharma was the first Indian cricketer to hit 300 T20 sixes. During the 34th match of IPL 2018 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Indore, the right-handed batsman became the first Indian to hit 300 T20 sixes. Rohit has already hit 375 T20 sixes and he is presently in the joint eighth position in the list of most sixes in T20 career.

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Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Suresh Raina was the second Indian to hit 300 sixes in T20 career. During the match against Hyderabad at Delhi in the Group E of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018/19 (22nd February 2019), Uttar Pradesh starrer Raina completed his 300 T20 sixes. The left-handed batsman Raina, who last played a recognised cricket match in May 2019 during the IPL 2019 final, has hit 311 T20 sixes.

Suresh Raina, 300 sixes, Indian cricketer, 300 T20 sixes, most sixes
Suresh Raina (Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Indian cricketers with 300 or more T20 sixes 

Player Number of  T20 6s
Rohit Sharma 375
Suresh Raina 311
MS Dhoni 300

(Stats updated till 10th October 2020)

Sunil Gavaskar, Harsha Bhogle
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Sunil Gavaskar Says, No Need To Change The Rules But Can Allow Two Bouncers Per Over In T20 Cricket

Indian cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar has opined that there is no need to change the rules of T20 cricket but can consider allowing two bouncers per over, moving ahead.  He thinks the format is still novel to be tinkered with. Earlier, this week Gavaskar had questioned the Mankading rules and the name itself.

Gavaskar opined that using Indian legendary cricketer, Vinoo Mankad’s name for unsportsmanlike behaviour in the sport is not acceptable to him.

He suggests that the Indians should be the last to encourage the usage of such. He said he used ‘Brown’ while commentating when Ashwin warned Finch of Mankading in the RCB vs DC match because Bill Brown was at fault in the history books, not Vinoo Mankad.

Ravichandran Ashwin Mankad
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Sunil Gavaskar feels T20 format heavily favours batsmen

The IPL commentator feels that T20 format is doing very well and the rules are not needed to change. However, he accepted that T20 heavily favours batsmen and suggested that two bouncers in an over should be allowed to the bowlers. He also said the bowlers could get an optional extra over if they pick a wicket in their first three overs.

“The T20 game is doing very well and there’s no need to tinker with it. It is loaded heavily in favour of the batsmen for sure. So, give a fast bowler two bouncers per over and yes the boundaries can be easily longer, if the ground authorities want it,” Gavaskar told PTI.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Credit: Getty Images.

“Also look at giving an extra over to the bowler who takes a wicket in his first three overs. But seriously there’s no need to bring any changes at all,” he added

Sunil Gavaskar demands penalty for Non-striker leaving the crease early

Gavaskar believes that the game should be equal for both batsmen and bowlers and if the bowlers are being checked for a potential no-ball, the batsmen should also not be allowed to leave the crease before the ball is delivered.

“There is a penalty of being dismissed if the bowler runs out the non-striker who is moving out of the crease before the ball is delivered,” Gavaskar said.

Sunil Gavaskar, reserve opener
Sunil Gavaskar Image Credit: Getty Images

“Now that the TV umpire is also checking if the bowler has overstepped for no balls, he should be able to see if the non-striker has left the crease before the ball is released and if he has, then if runs are taken, it can be called one short even if a boundary or four is hit. This should act as a deterrent,” Gavaskar said.

Sunil Gavaskar is a part of the IPL 2020 commentary team in the UAE. IPL began on September 19th and will be played till November 10th.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: IPL)

Virat Kohli Becomes First Indian To Score 9000 T20 Runs

The 31-year-old Indian captain Virat Kohli created another history in Indian cricket on Monday (5th October) evening as the right-handed batsman became the first Indian to score 9000 T20 runs.

During the match against Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 19th match of the IPL 2020 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli completed his 9000 runs in T20 career. Before this match, Kohli was just 10 runs short from this milestone as he scored 8990 runs in 270 T20 innings (285 T20 matches) with an average of 41.05. He has already hit five centuries and 65 half-centuries in T20 career, including his best T20 knock 113 runs.

Virat Kohli completed his 9000 T20 runs in 271st T20 innings

Playing his 271st T20 innings in his 286th T20 match on this evening, Kohli became the first Indian cricketer to complete 9000 T20 runs after reaching his 10 runs on the day with a four. While RCB lost that game, Kohli scored 43 runs off 39 balls.

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Virat Kohli (Credits: BCCI)

Kohli also became the seventh player in T20 cricket history to complete 9000 T20 runs. After Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, Kohli becomes the second Asian batsman to score 9000 T20 runs.

Batsmen with 9000 T20 runs

Player Nationality Runs
Chris Gayle Jamaica 13296
Kieron Pollard Trinidad 10370
Shoaib Malik Pakistan 9926
Brendon McCullum New Zealand 9922
David Warner Australia 9451
Aaron Finch Australia 9161
Virat Kohli India 9033

(Stats updated till 5th October 2020)

Here we are discussing the position of Virat Kohli after completing his 9000 T20 runs. Kohli became the:

  • First Indian cricketer to score 9000 T20 runs.
  • Second Asian cricketer to score 9000 T20 runs.
  • Fifth right-handed batsman to score 9000 T20 runs.
  • Seventh overall batsman to score 9000 T20 runs.
Virat Kohli, Indian, 9000 T20 runs, T20 runs
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: BCCI)

Rohit Sharma is the second most T20 run-scorer among the Indians as the right-handed batsman, who is also the vice-captain in Indian limited-overs sides, has scored 8818 runs in 320 T20 innings (333 T20 matches). If Rohit maintains his present form, he can also complete 9000 T20 runs in the ongoing IPL 2020 as he is currently 182 runs away to reach this milestone.

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Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Top 5 most T20 run-scorers among the Indians

Player Runs
Virat Kohli 9033
Rohit Sharma 8818
Suresh Raina 8392
Shikhar Dhawan 7421
MS Dhoni 6712

(Stats updated till 5th October 2020)

Sunil Narine,
Sunil Narine (Image Credit: Google)

Sunil Narine Becomes Most Capped Player For KKR

On Saturday (3rd October) evening, Caribbean cricketer Sunil Narine created history for his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as he became the most capped player for this team in T20 cricket.

Currently, Dinesh Karthik-led KKR are playing against Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 16th match of the IPL 2020 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah). KKR captain decided to bowl first after winning the toss.

It is Sunil Narine’s 123rd T20 match for KKR. Surpassing the record of the former KKR players Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan, who played 122 T20 matches each for this team, Narine created a new history and became the most capped player for KKR in T20 cricket.

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Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Top three most capped players for KKR in T20 cricket

Player Matches
Sunil Narine 123
Gautam Gambhir 122
Yusuf Pathan 122

Earlier, at the late moment of the IPL 2019, Sunil Narine became the most capped player for KKR in IPL history. The 32-year-old Narine is currently playing his 114th IPL match for KKR. He played other nine T20 matches for KKR in the now-defunct Champions League T20.

Sunil Narine is the only KKR bowler to claim 100 wickets

Narine made his debut for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2012, which was also his IPL debut. Since then, he has played every IPL season for KKR. Undoubtedly, Narine is the most wicket-taker for KKR, both in T20 and IPL, as he is the only KKR bowler to pick up 100 wickets.

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Sunil Narine (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Before this match, Narine has taken 142 wickets in 122 T20 matches for KKR. Out of those, the off-spinner has picked up 124 wickets in 114 IPL matches for this team. He is currently the 8th most wicket-taker in IPL history. Meanwhile, he was also the most wicket-taker for KKR in the Champions League T20 as he took 18 wickets for KKR in that tournament.

Though Narine has never won the Purple Cap in IPL history, just like the other KKR bowlers, he has won two Most Valuable Player awards in IPL career (IPL 2012 and IPL 2018). He played huge roles for KKR to win their two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, both under Gautam Gambhir’s leadership.

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Sunil Narine (Image Credit: Twitter)

With the time progress, Sunil Narine has developed his batting skills and evolved as an effective all-rounder. Now, he also plays as an opening batsman for this team. The left-handed batsman has scored 796 runs for KKR in 122 matches (average 16.93 and strike-rate 163.44), including three half-centuries (best score = 75 runs).

Ricky Ponting, IPL
Ricky Ponting. Image Credit:Getty Images.

IPL 2020: Batting Is Becoming More Like Baseball In T20 Cricket – Ricky Ponting

Delhi Capitals’ (DC) current head coach and former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting believe that batting in the T20 cricket is ‘a lot more like baseball’ where the players need to use more power.

While speaking to The Indian Express, Ricky Ponting said that the batsman is using both conventional and unconventional ways to score run in the shortest format of the cricket. Citing the example of Virat Kohli, Ponting said that the Indian captain uses his orthodox techniques to get better of the opposition. 

Virat Kohli, IPL 2020
Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

He added that the Australia cricketer Steve Smith and David Warner can score runs from every nook and corner of the ground in T20 cricketer. 

“If you think through the very best T20 players in the world right now, they do have a great mix of the conventional and the unconventional (shots). Virat Kohli still plays a beautiful cover drive.

“AB de Villiers does play beautiful cover drives. Steven Smith, David Warner – these guys still hit beautiful shots square of the wicket (off) the front foot and back. They have the ability, probably later in the innings, to clear the boundary line as well,” Ponting said. 

T20 cricket is power-based now: Ricky Ponting

Andre Russell,
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Talking about DC’s players, Ricky Ponting mentioned Rishabh Pant’s specific role is to gear up the innings for the team. While Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw build up the innings with using mixed techniques, as per him. At last, he concluded that T20 cricket has become much more power-based now.

“Someone like Rishabh Pant, he has got slightly more unconventional shots. A lot of his shots are more aerial. But that’s the role he plays in our team. If you think about someone like Shikhar (Dhawan) or Prithvi Shaw, they are mixing the conventional with the unconventional as well.

“So, there’s still room for those types of players. The T20 game, or the white-ball game, has become so much more power-based now, batting is becoming a lot more like baseball,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals will play the first match of the T20 tournament against Kings XI Punjab on 20 September. 

Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo. Getty

CPL 2020: Dwayne Bravo Becomes First Bowler To Claim 500 T20 Wickets

The 36-year-old West Indies cricketer Dwayne Bravo created history on Wednesday (26th August) as he became the first bowler to claim 500 wickets in T20 career.

The right-arm medium pacer Dwayne Bravo created this history during the 13th game of the CPL 2020 between his team Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks at Queen’s Park Oval (Port of Spain). In the first innings of the match, Bravo completed his 500th T20 wicket after picking up his first wicket of the match by dismissing the Zouks opener Rahkeem Cornwall (18). On his fourth ball of the match (4th over of the innings), Bravo took that special wicket after Colin Munro successfully took the low and difficult catch.

It was also his 100th wicket in CPL career. With that wicket, Bravo became the first bowler in CPL history to claim 100 wickets.

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Dwayne Bravo (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Dwayne Bravo was also the first bowler to claim 300 and 400 T20 wickets

It was the 459th T20 match for Bravo. Before this match, he was one wicket away from 500 T20 wickets and he achieved this remarkable feat after claiming the first wicket in this match. Earlier, Bravo was also the first player to complete 300 and 400 T20 wickets in April 2016 (during IPL 2016) and December 2017 (during Big Bash League 2017/18) respectively.

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Dwayne Bravo completed his 300 T20 wickets during his service for Gujarat Lions in the IPL 2016 (Image Courtesy: BCCI)

First to reach every 100th T20 wicket

Stats Player Year
100th wicket Dirk Nannes 2010
200th wicket Dirk Nannes 2013
300th wicket Dwayne Bravo 2016
400th wicket Dwayne Bravo 2017
500th wicket Dwayne Bravo 2020

While Bravo became the first player to claim the 500 T20 wickets, we are still waiting to see the second bowler to claim 400 wickets in T20 history. Veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga is in the second position in most T20 wickets as he has taken 390 wickets in 295 T20 matches.

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Lasith Malinga in10 wickets away to complete his 400 T20 wickets (Image Credit: Google)

Top 10 most wicket-takers in T20 cricket history

Player Matches Wickets
Dwayne Bravo 459 501
Lasith Malinga 295 390
Sunil Narine 339 383
Imran Tahir 295 374
Sohail Tanvir 339 356
Shakib Al Hasan 308 354
Shahid Afridi 317 339
Rashid Khan 215 301
Wahab Riaz 252 296
Andre Russell 325 294

Coming back to this T20 match, Dwayne Bravo got another wicket as he bowled Roston Chase (7) cheaply in his next over. He finished the game with the incredible bowling figures of 3-0-7-2. At the end of his 459th T20 match, Bravo has taken 501 T20 wickets. While his team Trinbago Knight Riders won that rain-curtailed match by six wickets (DLS method), Bravo won the Player of the Match award for his impressive bowling performance.

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