Arul Suppiah woke up today as the proud possessor of the best bowling figures in the history of Twenty20 cricket.
The Somerset all-rounder claimed 6 for 5 from 3.4 overs of left-arm spin against Glamorgan at Cardiff’s Swalec Stadium and admitted to being in a bit of a whirl himself after the game.
“I only expected to get a couple of overs as the third spinner in the team,” said Suppiah, who was the sixth bowler introduced in the game by Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick.
“I bowled around the wicket with a leg-stump line and the batsmen kept trying to play me through mid-wicket. The ball was turning a lot and that’s how I claimed most of my victims.
“It was only as the game drew to an end that people in our dressing room started telling me I should check the record books. Then someone said they were the best figures ever in Twenty20, which is still sinking in.”
The previous best Twenty20 figures were 6 for 14 by Sohail Tanvir for Rajasthan against Chennai at Jaipur on May 4 2008. Suppiah conceded less than half as many runs and can expect his record to stand for some time.
But while his efforts helped Somerset to a vital five-wicket win in the closely-contested South Group, their director of cricket Brian Rose was far from happy with conditions at the Swalec Stadium.
He said: “We are talking about a Test match ground and I see no excuse for the sort of pitch the game was played on. It was slow, damp and a raging turner, everything you don’t want in a Twenty20 wicket. I will be incredulous if the umpires do not mark it as poor.”