Best Bowlers in IPL
When IPL started in 2008, everyone was skeptical about the league having the international stars. Many doubted the idea of IPL when it was floated in the air. However, the DLF IPL proved everyone wrong. Eventually, the league became one of the best cricket leagues across the globe. The IPL become the cash cow for BCCI and placed BCCI in a unique position. Since the inception of IPL, BCCI has become one of the richest cricket boards across the world.
IPL has not only helped the international players to up their game but has helped and promoted the talents across India to show their game too. There have been plenty of bowlers, bowling records, economic bowlers and expensive bowling figures too. In this article, we discuss the top 5 bowlers who have gained big in the Indian Premier League.
#5) Sunil Narine
One of the successful teams in the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders‘ fate and fortune changed when they bought Sunil Narine in 2012. Under the able leadership of Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine turned out to be a potent weapon of Kolkata Knight Riders.
The two-time IPL champion, Sunil Narine, provides calmness to his captain whenever he is part of the side. In seven years, Sunil Narine has 122 wickets to his name in 110 games with one of the best economy rate of 6.67. Not only with his bowling, but he is also useful with his bat and has turned into an opener in recent times.
#4) Amit Mishra
In a batsman-friendly format, Amit Mishra is one of the top five bowlers in IPL. The leg-spinners were considered as a liability for a team but Amit Mishra proved it wrong. The stats tell the same history. Not only he is the second-highest wicket-taker for IPL, but he has also bowled with economy rate too. The bowler has 157 wickets in 140+ games at an economy rate of 7.35.
Amit Mishra can be considered as a teacher of his disciples like Rashid Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal. Amit Mishra has represented teams like Delhi Daredevils, Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad and is the only player to get the hattrick for different teams.
#3) Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
Starting his playing time with Pune Warriors India, the Indian pace has turned out to be a legend for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Playing alongside the youngsters, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has wreaked the havoc in both starting and end overs of the game.
The new-ball specialist in the shortest format of the game has turned out to be a death-over specialist too. He has also claimed the Purple Cap in two consecutive seasons, 2016 and 2017. In 117 matches, he has 133 wickets to his name. Despite playing in nine seasons, he is the seventh-highest wicket-taker of all time in the cash-rich league. These are the reasons the player is in the top five bowlers in IPL.
#2) Jasprit Bumrah
The bowler is known for his unique, weird and unparalleled accurate yorkers. Tutored and mentored by Lasith Malinga at Mumbai Indians, Jasprit Bumrah has shown his potential to join the list of elite bowlers in the cricket world.
Joining the side in 2013, Jasprit Bumrah has four Indian Premier League titles to his name. The player’s increasing stature in IPL helped him to gain the national call-up and become the mainstay of the team.
Though the stats are not that appalling, Jasprit Bumrah has played a big role in controlling the runs and providing breakthroughs for the side during Mumbai Indians’ triumph in the 2017 and 2019 campaigns. The player has an economy rate of 7.55 in the last season and has 82 wickets in 77 games for the Blues which gets him the spot in the top 5 bowlers in IPL.
#1) Lasith Malinga
One of the finest bowlers of the generation, Lasith Malinga is one of the best in the top 5 bowlers in IPL. The Sri Lankan international will miss the 13th edition of the league owing to personal reasons. However, the player’s track record in the past 12 seasons has earned in the top position in the list of top 5 bowlers in IPL.
The bowler once was unpredictable with his bowling action and deadly yorkers. His four overs were difficult for batsmen to face. The bowler is one of the reasons behind Mumbai Indians being the four-time champions.
Bowling with a strike rate of 16.62, the best strike rate in IPL, Lasith Malinga has 170 wickets in 122 games. The Srilankan veteran has a bowling average under 20 which is one of the best in the league. He is also attributed to training the likes of Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.