Somerset's Arul Suppiah surprised at T20 world record

Arul Suppiah
Suppiah made his Somerset debut in 2002

Somerset spinner Arul Suppiah was only expecting to play a bit-part role in the match against Glamorgan in which he claimed a T20 world record.

The 27-year-old took six wickets for five runs in 22 balls to help his side to a five-wicket victory in Cardiff.

"Coming to Cardiff, history says it's very conducive to spinners. I thought I would bowl but only to fill in a few overs," he told BBC Somerset.

"It's a proud moment, I'll cherish that but records are there to be broken."

Suppiah said the pitch and his fellow spinners helped him reach the record: "I took as much information as I could from [Murali] Kartik and Max [Waller] and it obviously paid off.

"It was turning a lot, it was very slow off the pitch as well. It was a good choice to field first, as we knew what the wicket was going to do and we also put a plan together for our batting."

Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose said: "Getting six wickets for five runs in 3.4 overs is just astounding.

"It's a fantastic effort - that [record] could stand for a very long time. It's hard to see how anyone is going to better that."

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