Khaleel Ahmed world record

By making a comeback to the Indian T20I side after six years, Khaleel Ahmed set a dubious world record, going past Devon Thomas of the West Indies.

India included Khaleel Ahmed in their XI for the first T20I of their five-match series in Zimbabwe, on July 6. He returned figures of 0-28 in three overs, and India left him out for the second XI to boost their batting.

It was Khaleel’s 15th T20I appearance, but his first since the game against Bangladesh at Nagpur on November 10, 2019. It was a phase of only four and a half years – including the global lockown – but he ended up missing 104 T20Is between the two appearances.

Most T20Is missed between two appearances - Khaleel sets world record

This is now a new world record. Khaleel went Devon Thomas’s previous record of 102, though that spanned a phase nearly twice as long, between February 13, 2013 and December 13, 2021. Rony Talukdar (100) is the only other cricketer to have missed 100 men’s T20Is.

Most men’s T20Is missed by a cricketer between two consecutive appearances for the same team
Player Team Matches missed Last date before miss Comeback game date
Khaleel Ahmed India 104 November 10, 2019 July 6, 2024
Devon Thomas West Indies 102 February 13, 2013 December 13, 2021
Rony Talukdar Bangladesh 100 July 7, 2015 March 9, 2023
Matt Henry New Zealand 93 January 3, 2017 April 8, 2023
Sahibzada Farhan Pakistan 92 October 31, 2018 January 19, 2024
Johnson Charles West Indies 89 September 27, 2016 October 5, 2022
Fidel Edwards West Indies 85 September 29, 2012 March 3, 2021
Zakir Hasan Bangladesh 82 February 15, 2018 October 4, 2023
Joe Denly England 79 February 20, 2010 October 27, 2018
Anamul Haque Bangladesh 79 November 15, 2015 July 2, 2022

Khaleel’s world record is a testimony to the increasing number of T20Is played by India. For perspective, Umesh Yadav has had two separate gaps of 65 T20Is – but of significantly different durations: while the first lasted from August 7, 2012 to June 29, 2018, the second was from February 24, 2019 to September 20, 2022.

Gareth Batty of England (142) holds the corresponding record in men’s Test cricket and Jeff Wilson of New Zealand (271) in men’s ODIs.

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