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Wanindu Hasaranga tops T20 bowlers’ rankings

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Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga has become the world’s top T20 bowler by ICC rankings.

With eight wickets in the Super 12s stage (the most by anyone), the wily leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has also taken this year’s tally to 34 scalps, a new world record for most wickets in a calendar year in Men’s T20Is.

Hasaranga and South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi are going neck to neck for this record this year. Shamsi has 32 victims in 2021, the second highest in a calendar year.

Hasaranga, who is playing in his first T20 World Cup, is having a memorable tournament with both bat and ball.

He took three wickets for 21 runs against England and also scored 34 off 21 balls. In the previous match, against South Africa in Sharjah, he became only the third bowler, after Brett Lee in 2007 and Curtis Campher in 2021, to take a hat-trick in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

The leg-spinner also had taken a hat-trick on his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in Galle in 2017.

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