New Zealand Pacer Tim Southee Becomes Second-Highest Wicket-Taker In Men’s T20Is

Written by Abhishek Patil

New Zealand pace spearhead and stand-in skipper Tim Southee on Thursday became the second-highest wicket-taker in men’s Twenty20 Internationals. Southee (99 wickets) achieved the milestone when he dismissed Bangladesh batsman Mosaddek Hossain in the third and final T20I on Thursday. The New Zealand pacer had 96 wickets under his belt before the third T20I and he needed three more to leapfrog former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi in achieving the feat.

Southee hit the bullseye and scalped three to become the second highest wicket-taker in men’s T20Is. Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga is still the leading wicket-taker with 107 scalps under his belt.

Interestingly, Malinga is also the only bowler to have taken more than 100 wickets in the shortest format of the game.

Only Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan (95) and Shakib Al Hasan (92) are from the current lot of players who are near Southee’s feat.

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