To select the top T20 International (T20I) bowler of the decade, we kept a minimum criteria of taking more than 50 wickets in the period from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2019. We further narrowed the list by keeping an average of less than 25.00 and an economy of less than 8.00 runs per over in the period. It is to be noted that Rashid Khan of Afghanistan fulfilled all the criteria but he was not included in the list as he mostly played against weak oppositions. Khan had an average of 12.52 and an economy of 6.15 while taking 84 wickets in the period. In all probability, he would have ranked 1st if we included him in the list. Lastly, I would like to remind you that the stats in the article are not the career stats of the players but only their stats in the 2010s. Ten bowlers fulfilled all the above mentioned criteria and these now compete across 11 different disciplines for the title of Stat Sensei T20I Bowler of the Decade.
The 3 most important stats in which a player can earn a maximum of 200.0 points. The other bowlers are given points as a ratio of their performance to the top bowler.
#01 Prolific: Points given for number of wickets taken in the period
#2 Consistent: Points given for average in the period
#3 Economic: Points given for economy in the period
8 other criteria in which a player can earn a maximum of 100.0 points. The other bowlers are given points as a ratio of their performance to the top bowler. In criteria where both wickets and strike rate are considered, points are calculated by the formula: (1/Average X 2000) + (1/Strike Rate X 750).
#1 Attacking: Points given for strike rate or number of balls taken to get a wicket
#2 Big Performance Consistency: Points given for average number of innings taken to get a 3 wicket haul
#3 Big Performance Potential: Points given for the 10 best performances in an inning
#4 In Mean Mood: Points given for the 5 best innings in terms of economic rate with a minimum criteria of 5 overs bowled. Most economic performance is in the format Overs/Maidens/Runs/Wkts
#5 In Top Form: Points given for most wickets taken in a calendar year
#6 Against Top Opposition: Points given for average and economy rate against teams which have a better than 1.0 Win Loss Ratio during the decade. These teams are India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and England
#7 In Victories: Points given for average and economy rate in innings in which their nation won the match
#8 At The Big Stage: Points given for wickets, average and strike rate in ICC tournaments, i.e. the World Cup. Points for wickets are calculated by Wkts/ Max Wkts X 100.
The Final Rating
Total number of points in the 11 criteria reduced to per 1,000 points.