Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the history of ICC T20 World Cups, as he took his 40th and 41st wickets in the tournament’s ongoing edition against Sri Lanka at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
He earned the feat with his 40th wicket by bowling out Panthum Nissanka, 24, of Sri Lanka in the first ball of his 2nd over, leaving the Island nation for 71 for 2 in 8.1 overs.
Shakib further improved his record of grabbing 41 wickets bowling out Avishka Fernando for a duck in his 4th ball of the same over (2nd over) with scoreboard showing 71 for 3 in the 8.4 overs.
Earlier on Thursday, Shakib Al Hasan drew level with the record of Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi, taking 39 wickets in T20 World Cups.
Afridi took 39 wickets in 34 matches of the T20 World Cups between 2007 and 2016. Shakib needed just 28 matches to touch Afridi’s record. He broke the record in his 29th match. Along the way, Shakib registered three four-wicket hauls, while Afridi has two four-wicket hauls.