Jasprit Bumrah becomes India's leading wicket-taker in men's T20Is

On 5 November, pacer Jasprit Bumrah eclipsed spinner Yuzvendra Chahal as India’s highest wicket-taker in men’s T20Is. Bumrah achieved the feat in the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup match against Scotland at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In the 18th over, Bumrah removed Mark Watt to end Scotland’s innings, surpassing Chahal’s tally of 63 wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin, a spinner, is third on the list with 55 wickets, while Bumrah leads the way with 64 for India. In men’s T20Is, Bumrah also has the most maiden overs. Nuwan Kulasekara, a former Sri Lankan bowler, has six maiden overs while the India pacer has eight. In the Group 2 encounter, India shined with the bowl, limiting Scotland to 85/10. Bowlers Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja were the choices, both taking three wickets for India.

Scotland’s George Munsey and Michael Leask batted 24 and 21 respectively, with no batter scoring more than 30 runs. The Indian squad will be watching with bated breath when New Zealand takes on Afghanistan in a T20 World Cup encounter on Sunday, with the result determining the semifinal line-up from Group 2. India’s billion-plus followers will join Team India in praying for an Afghan triumph. A win for the Kiwis would put an end to India’s chances of making the last four, as they would move to eight points and put the game out of reach for Virat Kohli’s team.

If Afghanistan can turn the tables on Kane Williamson and Co., it will keep their slender hopes alive while bolstering the Indians’ (now on four points), who will need to win their final match by a large margin. However, if the Kiwis win, India’s final league game against Namibia on Monday will be deemed meaningless. After a comfortable victory over Namibia on Friday, New Zealand will enter the encounter full of confidence. After the top-order failed to deliver, Jimmy Neesham and Glenn Phillips stepped up to establish a challenging score that proved too much for the Namibian batsmen.