T20 World Cup Shamsi South Africa Proteas

South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi. Image: Rodger BOSCH / AFP

Who has taken the most T20I wickets for the Proteas?

After the 2024 T20 World Cup, the Proteas leading wicket-taker in T20 Internationals is Tabraiz Shamsi closely tailed by Kagiso Rabada.

T20 World Cup Shamsi South Africa Proteas

South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi. Image: Rodger BOSCH / AFP

The Proteas played their first T20I on 21 October 2005, facing New Zealand at the Wanderers in what was the third international match in the format.

Since then the format has launched into the stratosphere, becoming the most popular format of the game at least when it comes to TV deals.

Who has taken the most T20I wickets for the Proteas men’s team?

After the 2024 T20 World Cup, the Proteas leading wicket-taker in T20 Internationals is Tabraiz Shamsi.

Shamsi has taken 89 wickets in 70 T20Is, picking up a scalp roughly every 17 balls he bowls.

He is also the fifth most-capped player for the Proteas in the format behind David Miller, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy and AB de Villiers.

Shamsi has one five-wicket haul in the format, taking 5 for 24 against England at the Rose Bowl in 2022.

In second place is Kagiso Rabada who has taken 71 wickets in the format in 65 matches. Incredibly, Rabada has never taken more than three wickets in a single T20I, but he has kept up a consistent rate of gathering victims.

Now retired Dale Steyn comes in at third place with his 64 wickets but he has Lungi Ngidi breathing down his neck.

Ngidi missed out on the T20 World Cup due to workload concerns for a player returning from injury but he will return to the format soon and will likely also move past Steyn shortly having already taken 62 wickets in just 42 matches.

Among players with 50 or more wickets in the format for the Proteas, Ngidi has the second best strike-rate just behind Imran Tahir, who also rounds out the top five wicket-takers in the format for South Africa.

Most wickets

PlayerMatRunsWktsBBIAveEconSR45
T Shamsi701860895/2420.897.3916.9531
K Rabada651928713/1827.158.3019.6100
DW Steyn471175644/918.356.9415.8520
L Ngidi421296625/3920.909.3313.4321
Imran Tahir35859615/2314.086.5612.8622
WD Parnell561513595/3025.648.2918.5411
A Nortje421016534/719.167.0116.3930
AL Phehlukwayo421112504/2422.248.9114.9610
M Morkel411097464/1723.847.4719.1320
J Botha40823373/1622.246.3720.9100
Stats from ESPN Cricinfo

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