New Delhi: Pace-bowler Jasprit Bumrah on Sunday became the fastest Indian bowler to claim 50 wickets in T20 Internationals, reaching the mark in the opening T20I of the two-match series against Australia in Visakhapatnam.
The 25-year-old Indian achieved this feat while playing in his 41st T20 International match.
Bumrah picked three wickets while conceding just 16 runs in Vishakhapatnam, registering a sublime performance against the hosts, in the shortest format of the game.
The 25-year-old has now picked 51 wickets in 41 matches at an economy rate of 6.77 and strike rate of 18.1, in his T20I career.
Ashwin was previously the only Indian to have achieved the feat, having accounted for 52 wickets in 46 matches.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who has picked 45 wickets in 29 matches, further enjoys an opportunity to surpass the fast bowler and become the fastest Indian to pick 50 T20I wickets during the course of the series.
With his brilliant performances in Visakhapatnam, Bumrah continued his good showing in the limited-overs format, having impressed in Australia prior to this two-match T20I series.
Along with this, Indian skipper Virat Kohli became the first batsman to accumulate 500 runs against Australia in the shortest format of the game when he scored 12 runs against the same opposition during the first T20I in Vishakhapatnam.
Kohli had accumulated 488 runs in 14 matches while representing India in the T20 format against Australia and needed 12 runs to achieve the unique distinction. The 30-year-old batsman had accumulated the tally at a strike rate of 142.69 and an average of 61.
South African batsman Jean-Paul Duminy is the second highest run-scorer after Kohli against Australia, having scored 378 runs in 15 matches.