On July 26, Malaysia pacer Syazrul Idrus became the first bowler in T20I history to take seven wickets. Idrus got eight wickets for seven runs against
Malaysia’s fast bowler Syazrul Idrus etched his mark in cricket history during the inaugural match of the T20 World Cup Asia B Qualifier in Kuala Lumpur. He became the first bowler in T20I history to take seven wickets without taking a single catch. All of his victims were knocked down by his inswing deliveries, demonstrating Idrus’ great control and expertise.
This thrilling achievement broke Peter Aho’s previous record of six wickets for Nigeria against Sierra Leone in 2021. Deepak Chahar of India holds the full-member record with six wickets against Bangladesh in 2019, placing third overall alongside Dinesh Nakrani of Uganda.
China, after deciding to bat first, got off to a good start, scoring 12 runs without losing a wicket in the opening four overs. However, the tables were flipped when Idrus stepped in as the first change bowler. His deadly delivery bowled Wang Liuyang, giving him his first wicket. He didn’t stop there, claiming three more batsmen throughout that over and reaching his five-wicket haul in the next over.
Idrus completed his performance with a maiden over in which he scalped two more batters, finishing with an unbelievable tally of 4-1-7-8. Idrus’s havoc told through the scoreboard, which read 20/9 after nine overs. Shortly after, China’s Luo Shilin was caught in front of the stumps by Vijay Unni, concluding their innings with a meagre score of 23.
Malaysia, too, experienced an early snag, losing their opening batters and falling to 3/2 in two overs. They soon found their salvation in Virandeep Singh, who came up and scored 19 runs off 14 balls, including two fours and a six, guiding his team to victory in 4.5 overs.