Members from the same family taking up the sport of cricket is a common occurrence. We have seen plenty of examples of the same in the past. There have also been instances when siblings were part of the same playing XI. Going further, siblings participating in an ICC event is rare but has happened on quite a few occasions. In this article, we take a look at five popular siblings who played in the T20 World Cup at the same time.
1) Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan (India) – 2007 and 2009
Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan are part of this list of popular siblings who played in the T20 World Cup at the same time. The duo played for India at around the same time and was also together part of two T20 World Cup events.
In 2007, Yusuf, in fact, made his International debut at the event. It came about in the final against Pakistan. Irfan, by then, was already an established star in Team India. Irfan took 10 wickets that edition and helped India win the title. The siblings came back for the 2009 edition that was held in England. However, for the 2010 T20 World Cup at West Indies, Irfan got an opportunity, but Yusuf did not.
2) Nathan McCullum and Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) – 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014
Nathan and Brendon McCullum are one of the established siblings in the history of T20I cricket. While Bazz scored over 2000 runs for the Kiwis, Nathan collected around 50+ wickets for his team. Interestingly, the duo was part of the Kiwi squad for all the World Cup’s from 2007 to 2014.
So far, Brendon McCullum has the highest individual score in the competition. In 2012, he scored 123 runs in just 58 balls against Bangladesh. While Brendon retired from cricket before the 2016 edition, Nathan played the tournament in India.
3) Dwayne Bravo and Darren Bravo (West Indies) – 2012
Dwayne Bravo and Darren Bravo are also part of this list of siblings who played in the T20 World Cup at the same time. The duo was together part of the competition in 2012.
Darren was never known for his T20I skills and played just one game in the 2012 edition. However, Dwayne is a T20 great and is the highest wicket-taker for West Indies in the format as of now. He was also part of the side that won the competition in 2012 and 2016.
4) Albie Morkel and Morne Morkel (South Africa) – 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014
Morne Morkel and Albie Morkel have played five T20 World Cups at the same time. Until the 2016 edition, the Morkel brothers played every campaign for the Proteas.
While Morne was known for his skills in the five-day format, Albie, at his time, was the perfect template for an ideal T20 all-rounder. While Albie did not have a great run in the ICC event, Morne has collected 24 wickets in the competition’s history.
5) Michael Hussey and David Hussey (Australia) – 2009, 2010 and 2012
Michael and David Hussey are popular sibling pairs from Australia from this era. While Michael was adept across formats, David was mainly a T20I specialist. In fact, David has played more T20I games for Australia than his elder brother.
That said, both the brothers did not have an extraordinary run in the competition. With the bat, no one performed exceptionally. David, though, took six wickets in the 2010 edition and showcased his skills as an all-rounder. In the same campaign, he scored two half-centuries to go with his bowling accomplishments.