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Malaysian Seamer Syazrul Idrus makes T20 history

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Malaysian Seamer Syazrul Idrus makes T20 history

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In a glorious moment at the 2024 World Cup Qualifier tournament held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian seamer Syazrul Ezat Idrus made a mark for his name as he entered the T20 record books. The 32-year-old became the first bowler to claim a seven-wicket haul in a men’s T20 International match. Facing China at the renowned Bayuemas Oval, Idrus displayed an exceptional bowling performance that left spectators and fellow players in awe.

Idrus’s extraordinary spell delivered a jaw-dropping figure of seven for eight runs in just four overs. What made this feat even more amazing was the fact that all seven of his victims were bowled, showcasing his lethal accuracy and mastery of seam and swing. It was a mesmerizing display of fast bowling.

The impact of Idrus’s performance was evident as China struggled to find their footing against the relentless Malaysian bowling attack. Eventually, they were bundled out for a mere 23 runs in the 12th over of their innings. Such a low total was no match for the dominant Malaysian side, who effortlessly achieved an eight-wicket victory with a staggering 15.1 overs to spare. It was an emphatic statement of Malaysia’s competency in the Asia Regional Qualifier B tournament.

Following the impressive match, Idrus expressed his gratitude for the trust placed in him by captain Ahmad Faiz Noor. He acknowledged that the opportunity to bowl against China was a privilege and a moment of immense pride. Breaking a world record in a highly competitive sport like cricket is a dream come true for any player, and Idrus humbly cherished the significance of this achievement.


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“I am grateful for being given the trust by captain Ahmad Faiz Noor to bowl against China,” Idrus was quoted as saying by Malaysian media after the match.

“It is a privilege to break the world record,” he added.

Prior to Idrus’s feat, the world record for the best bowling figures in a men’s T20 International match belonged to Nigerian Peter Aho, who had returned figures of six for five against Sierra Leone back in 2021. Another notable performance was that of India’s Deepak Chahar, who claimed six for seven against Bangladesh in 2019, still holding the record for the best figures in a men’s T20 contest between cricket’s test-playing nations.

The achievement of a seven-wicket haul in a men’s T20 International is an exceedingly rare feat. Only a select few bowlers have managed to claim six-wicket hauls in T20Is, and Idrus’s name now joins this illustrious list. Players like Deepak Chahar and Yuzvendra Chahal from India, Australia’s spinner Ashton Agar, and Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis are among the twelve bowlers who have previously claimed six-wicket hauls in men’s T20I matches.

The significance of the Asia Regional Qualifier B tournament extends beyond individual records, as the winner of the competition secures a coveted spot in the Asia regional final, set to take place in Nepal later in the year. The stakes are high, and teams are battling fiercely to progress to the next stage, with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the prestigious 20-over showcase co-hosted by West Indies and the United States.

Idrus’s exceptional display of bowling mastery is not only remarkable but has also elevated Malaysia’s prospects in the tournament. His incredible performance will undoubtedly inspire the entire Malaysian squad, inspiring them to believe in their abilities and aim in reaching the grand stage of the T20 World Cup.


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