Twenty 20 international (T20I) cricket is the shortest format of cricket at the international level where a team is allowed to bowl a maximum of 20 overs. Each bowler is allowed to bowl a maximum of 4 overs in a complete game.
This format is often considered as the one which favors the batters and this has been proved in most of the occasions unless the pitch condition is extremely bowler friendly. Here in this article, we are looking at the five worst bowling performances in T20I cricket without picking up even a single wicket.
5. Mashrafe Mortaza (Ban) vs Pakistan : 4-0-63-0
Mashrafe Mortaza leaked too many runs in the pressure game against Pakistan at the World T20 in 2014, played in Bangladesh. These are also the most runs conceded by a Bangladeshi bowler in T20Is.
Bangladesh lost this match to Pakistan by a margin of 50 runs. This is the same game in which Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad scored his only century in T20Is. Bangladesh lost all the 4 matches played at the group stage in this tournament and did not make it to the next round.
4. Yuzvendra Chahal (Ind) vs South Africa : 4-0-64-0
India’s wrist spinner who had tasted too much of success lately in the shorter format conceded 64 runs in the second T20I against South Africa. This is the most conceded by an Indian bowler in this format of the game!
Chahal conceded SEVEN sixes in his four overs which is also the joint most for any bowler in a single T20I game. The other bowlers to concede as many sixes in a T20I game are Stuart Broad (Eng), Xavier Doherty (Aus), Barry McCarthy (Ire) and Andrew Tye (Aus).
3. Ben Wheeler (NZ) vs Australia : 3.1-0-64-0
Wonder how many more runs would Wheeler have conceded if he had bowled those remaining five deliveries! Without any hesitation, one can expect Wheeler to have topped this list!
64 is also the most runs conceded by a New Zealand bowler in this format going past the Southee’s 53 against Pakistan in 2010. This is the same match in which one got to witness the highest successful chase in the T20I history. New Zealand have scored 243/6 in their 20 overs which was chased down comfortably by Australia (245/5 in 18.5 overs) with 7 balls remaining.
2. Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) vs Pakistan : 4-0-64-0
This is probably the worst bowling performance by Sanath Jayasuriya which came in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in South Africa. He not only went for too many runs but also ended up not picking up a single wicket. 64 runs are also the most conceded by a Sri Lankan bower in a single T20I. Not only Sanath failed with the ball but also failed with the bat having scored just 5 runs facing 5 deliveries.
1. Barry McCarthy (Ire) vs Afghanistan : 4-0-69-0
Ireland having won the toss, elected to bowl first against Afghanistan played in Greater Noida in 2017. However, the decision proved wrong with their lead bowler McCarthy conceding 69 runs in his 4 Overs, the most conceded by a bowler in a single T20I with or without picking up a wicket!
Afghanistan went on to post 233/8 in their 20 overs. Ireland (205 in 19.2 overs) in reply managed to get past 200 mark but eventually fell short of the target by 28 runs.