Sometimes being a bowler in T20I cricket can be a thankless task. Either the conditions are against them, or they are facing batters who are well set and playing well. Or they could just have a bad day at the office.
Whatever the reasons, these are the bowlers who have conceded the most runs in T20 internationals (ignoring for this purpose matches between associate member nations). The good news for the guilty men is that records tumble all the time as more and more T20 cricket is played.
Kasun Rajitha – Sri Lanka (75 runs v Australia)
Sri Lankan pace bowler Kasun Rajitha may still have nightmares about what happened to him playing in the first T20I against Australia at Adelaide in October 2019.
Bowling to Aaron Finch and David Warner in full flow, he conceded 11 in his first over, before things began to go seriously wrong in his second and third, which saw him give away 21 and 25 runs respectively. With his final over coming at a cost of 20 runs. His figures at the end of his four overs were 0 – 75.
Fortunately for the Rajitha, he does not hold the record for the most runs conceded in a bowling spell in T20 cricket. That dubious honour belongs to Mattie McKiernan, who, earlier this year, playing for Derbyshire in their T20 Blast quarter final conceded 82 runs in his four overs.
That beat by one the 81 runs given away by Samad Anwar in 2011 in the Super Eight T20.
Chris Sole – Scotland (72 runs v New Zealand)
Scotland’s Christopher Sole had his own day to forget playing against New Zealand in Edinburgh in July of this year. The right armed medium pacer was smashed for 72 off his 4 overs, with Finn Allen and Jimmy Neesham taking a particular liking to his bowling. However, unlike Rajitha, he did have something to show for his efforts, having Neesham caught in the deep for 30, scored off just 9 balls.
His reward was to be dropped for the second match in the series.
Barry McCarthy – Ireland (69 runs v Afghanistan)
Irish bowler Barry McCarthy’s particular nadir came against Afghanistan in March 2017, during the third T20I between the pair played in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh (the security situation in Afghanistan prevented them playing their home matches there).
His four overs came at a cost of 69 runs, and his economy rate was only 69. Surprisingly, perhaps, he still managed to bowl 7 dot balls, otherwise his final tally conceded might have been even worse.
Kyle Abbott – South Africa (68 runs v West Indies)
Kyle Abbott of South Africa finds himself next on the list for his performance against the West Indies in Johannesburg in January 2015.
Having the misfortune to bowl when Chris Gayle found form for the opposing side, his 4 overs cost him 68 runs, with his spell including six dot balls and a wide. He did have Andre Russell caught by David Miller for 14, but that was scant consolation for what had been a disappointing match, who earlier had been run out for just two.
Obed McCoy – West Indies (66 runs v India)
West Indian fast bowler Obed McCoy found out how quickly one can go from hero to zero in T20I cricket earlier this year. In the second T20I of the series against India, he had taken 6 -17, the best bowling figures of his career, helping his country level the series in St. Kitts & Nevis.
But with the action switching to Florida for games four and five, he found things much harder, and he will remember the fourth match In Lauderhill, Florida for all the wrong reasons.
He did take two wickets, accounting for both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik, but the cost to his side was 66 runs, and the fact that he also bowled four wides, did little for the cause.
Jimmy Anderson England 64 runs v Australia
Jimmy Anderson may be the most successful pace bowler of all time, but he has not played a T20I since November 2009, and his performance against Australia in Sydney two years earlier suggests why.
His four overs came at a cost of 64 runs, although he did at least have the satisfaction of having Matthew Hayden caught for 20.
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