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Is Pakistan the best bowling side in the T20 format?

Pakistan has produced some of the world class teams over the years in the T20 format. Since the inception of the T20 format, Pakistan has enjoyed quite a lot of success in this format. After being the finalist in the inaugural “2007 ICC World Twenty20” in South Africa, Pakistan has never looked back in this format.

The overall win percentage of the Pakistan Team in T20 is 63.53% which is a great return in a total of 133 matches. Pakistan has played T20 series and tournaments all over the world and against all the oppositions. The main reason for team’s success has been the excellent performances of their bowlers particularly spinners over the years.

Shahid Afridi is the leading wicket taker from Pakistan, picking up 97 wickets in 99 T20 matches in his career. He was one of the main stays of the Pakistan Team along with Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul until his retirement. But, even after their absence from the cricketing scene, Pakistani bowlers have continued their rule over the T20 format.

                            The trio during the 2014 ICC World T20
The likes of Muhammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, M. Nawaz and Usman Shinwari are making the most of the opportunities they are having. The proof of this can be seen in the stats of these bowlers in the shortest format. No Pakistani bowler has an economy of over 7 in the powerplay overs (where the pressure is maximum) since the start of 2017.

Pakistan is the only side in the world who has successfully bowled out all of its opponents atleast once in a T20 innings. The total number of times Pakistan has achieved this feat is 22 (more than any other team).
India is the close competition to Pakistan in this regard mainly due to its quality spinners over the years but the overall performances of the Pakistani bowling units is far more superior to them.

In a nutshell, Pakistan has always been the factory of great bowlers and in recent times Pakistani side tops the chart as the arguably the best bowling sides in the T20 Format.    

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