On Wednesday, August 30th, New Zealand’s captain Tim Southee etched his name in the annals of cricket history by becoming the leading wicket-taker in T20Is. This milestone was achieved with a lone wicket during the first T20I match against England.

New Zealand and England clashed in the opening match of a four-game series, showcasing their cricketing prowess. The Blackcaps set a target of 139 runs, batting first. While England clinched a comfortable seven-wicket victory, it was Southee who stole the spotlight. He made his mark early in the game by dismissing the formidable Jonny Bairstow with just the second ball of the opening over.

With this crucial wicket, Southee, who began the match as a joint leader in wickets, surpassed Shakib Al Hasan, cementing his position as the sole record holder. Southee’s illustrious career boasts an impressive 141 wickets in 111 matches. Following him in this notable lineup is Shakib with 140 wickets, and Rashid Khan with 130 scalps in 82 matches.

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Debuting in the T20I arena in 2008, the right-arm seamer’s journey includes two five-wicket hauls. His standout performance came against Pakistan in 2010, where he delivered an exceptional 5/18. In the recent England match, Southee completed three overs, conceding 25 runs while securing a solitary wicket. The cricketing narrative continues as England and New Zealand gear up for their second encounter on Friday.