Searing six-fers in T20Is
A 6-wicket haul has been recorded in T20 Internationals on only six occasions since its inception, notwithstanding the ones taken by bowlers from associate nations.
Who has the best figures ever in T20 Internationals?
It is a proud thing for India that the best figures in T20 Internationals belong to an Indian bowler, Deepak Chahar, who did so against Bangladesh at Nagpur in 2019 when he picked up 6 wickets while giving away just 7 runs to take India to a comfortable victory.
Chahar’s star has been rising in the IPL, especially since 2018, where under the tutelage of captain MS Dhoni, he first became a regular to bowl 3 overs up in the powerplay and then gradually worked on his death bowling skills as well to become a complete bowler.
Six-fers in T20Is among Full Members
6/7 Deepak Chahar v Ban Nagpur 2019
6/8 AjanthaMendis v Zim Hambantota 2012
6/16 AjanthaMendis v AusPallekele 2011
6/17 Obed McCoy v Ind Basseterre 2022
6/25 Yuzvendra Chahal v Eng Bengaluru 2017
6/30 Ashton Agar v NZ Wellington 2021
Chahar was ruled out of the entire IPL 2022 due to injury. However, he made a comeback to the Indian team in a three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe and made an impact right away as he took three wickets while giving away just 27 runs from his 7 overs to win the Player of the match award on return.
This is what Deepak Chahar said after receiving the Player of the Match award.
“The landing was a little hard and when you play an international game after six and half months, obviously you will be a little nervous. Before coming here I played at least 4-5 practice games and the body and mind wasn’t working together in the first few overs, but it got better after that. I’m fine and the body is fine as well.”
Injured at the wrong time
Deepak Chahar had an opportunity to push himself ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar with regard to the T20 world cup in Australia, but such a long injury layoff has pegged him back.
Although his return was successful, he bowled slightly within himself with a pace under 130 kph, but the characteristic swing was on display as the Zimbabwe batters had no clue as to which way the ball was swinging.