Sri Lanka T20I captain and spin wizard Wanindu Hasaranga joins elite T20I list

Wanindu Hasaranga breached the 100-wicket barrier in T20Is, becoming the eleventh men’s player overall and second Sri Lankan bowler after Lasith Malinga to the milestone.

The leg-spinner, who is currently the captain of the T20I side, achieved the feat during the second T20I against Afghanistan in Dambulla.

Wanindu Hasaranga has more wickets than any other bowler in men’s T20Is since his debut in 2019.

Malinga is the only other Sri Lankan bowler to take more than 100 T20I wickets. While his compatriot Malinga achieved the milestone in his 76th T20I, Wanindu Hasaranga did so in his 63rd match.

This makes him the second-fastest to 100 T20I wickets after Rashid Khan, who achieved the same in 53 matches in 2021.

Player Matches taken
Rashid Khan 53
Wanindu Hasaranga 63
Mark Adair 72
Lasith Malinga 76
Ish Sodhi 78

Source: ICC

Wanindu Hasaranga, who finished with figures of 2/19 in his four overs in Dambulla on Monday, now has 101 wickets in 63 T20Is at an average of 15.36 and an economy rate of 6.78.

Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan in the second T20I to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.