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Sandeep Lamichhane becomes second-fastest bowler to reach 100 T20I wickets

Nepal’s star leg-spinner, Sandeep Lamichhane, has achieved the milestone of 100 Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) wickets, becoming the first Nepalese bowler to complete this feat. Additionally, he has also become the world’s second-fastest bowler, in terms of matches played, to reach this mark.

Lamichhane took a couple of wickets against Bangladesh to reach 100 T20I wickets. Jaker Ali was his 100th dismissal in T20I format. The leggie achieved this milestone in 54 matches, making him the second-fastest to do so. Only Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan reached the 100-wicket mark faster, achieving it in 53 matches. Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga and Pakistan’s Haris Rauf are third and fourth, having reached the milestone in 63 and 71 matches, respectively.

Lamichhane claimed a couple of wickets against Bangladesh, reaching the milestone of 100 T20I wickets with Jaker Ali being his 100th dismissal in this format. Achieving this feat in just 54 matches, he becomes the second-fastest bowler to reach this mark, behind only Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan who achieved it in 53 matches.

Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga and Pakistan’s Haris Rauf follows as the third and fourth fastest to reach 100 T20I wickets, achieving the milestone in 63 and 71 matches respectively.

Only nine bowlers have amassed 100 wickets in both ODI and T20I formats. Sandeep Lamichhane holds the record as the fastest bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets, achieving this milestone in just 42 matches, surpassing Rashid Khan’s achievement in the same number of matches.

Sandeep made his T20I debut against West Indies at Lords in 2018, playing for the ICC World XI. He only got one over in that match and went wicketless.

Lamichhane is most successful against Malaysia, taking 19 wickets against them. While playing for Nepal, he has gone wicketless against only South Africa.

Sandeep Lamichhane’s wicket tally against different nations:

Malaysia – 19 wickets (9 matches)
Kenya – 12 wickets (5 matches)
Netherlands – 12 wickets (5 matches)
Oman – 11 wickets (6 matches)
UAE – 9 wickets (6 matches)
PNG – 6 wickets (3 matches)
Zimbabwe – 5 wickets (2 matches)
Qatar – 3 wickets (1 match)
Kuwait – 3 wickets (1 match)
Canada – 3 wickets (1 match)
Philippines – 3 wickets (1 match)
Ireland – 3 wickets (2 match)
Bangladesh – 2 wickets (1 match)
Mongolia – 2 wickets (1 match)
Hong Kong – 2 wickets (2 match)
Singapore – 2 wickets (3 matches)
India – 1 wicket (1 match)
Thailand – 1 wicket (1 match)
Maldives – 1 wicket (1 match)
South Africa – 0 (1 match)
West Indies – 0 (1 match)