As one of the most successful cricketing nations, Sri Lanka has had its fair share of amazing bowlers in the history of the T20 format. From Muttiah Muralitharan to Lasith Malinga, Sri Lankan bowlers have always been a force to be reckoned with. In this blog post, we take a look at the top ten wicket-takers in the T20 format for Sri Lanka of all time. So without further ado, let’s dive in and find out who these bowlers are and were trending in cricket latest news!

. Chaminda Vaas

Vaas’ greatest moment came in the 2007 T20 World Cup, where he was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. He took a total of 15 wickets and was instrumental in helping Sri Lanka to the finals. Vaas continued to be an important part of the Sri Lankan team throughout his career, taking another 40 wickets in T20 matches in the years leading up to his retirement in 2011.

In addition to his impressive wicket-taking abilities, Vaas was also known for his ability to swing the ball. His wide range of deliveries gave him the advantage of being able to move the ball both ways off the pitch, making it difficult for batsmen to score runs off him.

. Lasith Malinga

The undisputed leader of Sri Lanka’s T20 wicket-taking charts is none other than the veteran Lasith Malinga. With a total of 82 wickets in T20 Internationals (T20Is) to his name, Malinga is the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka and the fifth-highest overall.

Malinga made his international debut in 2004, but it was only in 2006 that he began to make an impact with his bowling. He quickly became one of the most feared bowlers in the world and played an integral part in Sri Lanka’s 2014 T20 World Cup victory. His career highlights include a hat-trick against South Africa in 2007, becoming the first bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 consecutive deliveries, and becoming the first bowler to take 3 hat-tricks in T20I cricket. 

. Angelo Mathews

Mathews made his international debut in 2008, when he was just 19 years old. Since then, he has become an integral part of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team. He has gone on to become one of the best all-rounders in the world, with more than 3,000 runs and over 200 wickets in all forms of international cricket.

In T20 cricket, Mathews has taken 98 wickets in 83 matches, making him the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka. His wicket tally includes two five-wicket hauls. He has an excellent economy rate of 6.7 and strike rate of 13.6. Mathews has also been named Man of the Match four times in T20s.

. Thisara Perera

In terms of bowling, Perera has a very good economy rate of 6.99. He also has an excellent average of 23.26 and a strike rate of 17.5, which shows just how successful he has been in taking wickets for Sri Lanka. His best bowling figures have come against Pakistan, where he took 4/20 in a match in 2015.

Perera’s success in T20 cricket for Sri Lanka has been unparalleled and his contribution to the team’s success cannot be overstated. He is definitely one of the best bowlers that Sri Lanka has ever had and it is no surprise that he is one of the leading wicket-takers in T20 cricket for Sri Lanka.

. Dilhara Fernando

Fernando’s ability to take wickets was evident early on, as he took 4 wickets in just his third game, against Zimbabwe. He was particularly dangerous in the first few overs of the innings, where his pace and swing could be devastating. In the 2008 World T20 in South Africa, he played a crucial role in Sri Lanka’s run to the final, taking 14 wickets at an impressive average of 12.14.

Fernando continued to be one of Sri Lanka’s most reliable performers in T20s over the years, taking 20 wickets in the 2014 T20 World Cup, and 28 in the 2016 edition. He was also part of the historic win against India in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy.

. Ajantha Mendis

Mendis made his international debut in 2008 against India and quickly established himself as one of the most dangerous bowlers in the format. His ability to mix up his deliveries, coupled with his accurate line and length, makes him a difficult bowler to face. Mendis was also part of the Sri Lankan team that won the 2014 World T20.

His best performance in a single match came against West Indies in 2012 when he took 6/16. This impressive performance earned him the Man of the Match award and helped Sri Lanka to a historic win.

. Nuwan Kulasekara

Kulasekara has been a consistent performer in the T20 format, having played in 77 matches, with an average of 26.19 and an economy rate of 7.13. He has also taken five four-wicket hauls and one five-wicket haul in the T20 format.


The right-arm medium pacer has also been impressive in the death overs, taking 29 wickets between overs 16 to 20. This makes him the fourth most successful bowler in the powerplay overs for Sri Lanka. He also holds the record for the most wickets taken in the final over of an innings (7). Kulasekara’s performances have not gone unnoticed either; he was part of the Sri Lankan side that won the 2014 ICC World T20. He also made it to the ICC Team of the Tournament in 2014. 

. Rangana Herath

Herath’s T20 career began in 2006 when he was selected to play for Sri Lanka in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa. Since then, he has gone on to take 92 wickets in 75 T20 international matches for Sri Lanka, with an impressive economy rate of 6.80 runs per over. His best figures in T20 cricket is 4/22 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2014. 

Herath has played in many important matches throughout his career, including the ICC World T20 semi-final against New Zealand in 2012, where he took 2 wickets for 18 runs. He was also part of the 2014 ICC World T20 winning squad, where he took 12 wickets in 8 matches, including a four-wicket haul against England in the semi-final. 

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