Best Bowling Average in IPL History

For many Indians and cricket fans across the globe, the Indian Premier League is an emotion. People who don’t watch international cricket matches make themselves available or make themselves free to watch the games of the Indian Premier League. They not only consist of glamour and entertainment, but the rivalry between the teams also makes it more curious for the fans to watch the game.


Similarly, the battle between the bat and bowl is immeasurable. The players do even stare off each other in order to oust each other. In the game between bat and bowl, the bowlers have remained less successful in front of batsmen but whenever they have won, they won big.

If boundaries, strike rate, and the average matter for batsmen, it goes the same with the bowlers too. Bowlers do try to keep their average minimum and strike rate very less. In the Indian Premier League, the bowler with less average and strike rate is treated as a great bowler. The fast bowlers seem to have a lion’s share compared to that medium-paced bowlers and spinners. With the league being global in nature, the foreign recruits have dominated the list. In the list of top 10 bowlers with best bowling averages, only one Indian has featured and that is Khaleel Ahmed. Apart from that, all others are foreigners with South Africans and Australians dominating the list.

Kagiso Rabada, the sensational bowling talent of the 21st century, tops the table with the best bowling average. The player has played 30 games to date and has a bowling average of 17.48. The ace bowler for Delhi Capitals has been effective with a swing in the initial overs in the game and perfectly nailing the yorkers at the death.

The second place in the list is Doug Bollinger, former Australian pacer, who has featured in 27 games. Bowling at an economy rate of7.21, he has a bowling average of 18.72. Despite featuring in just two seasons, the player raked up 27 games and an Indian Premier League title.



The streets won’t forget the contribution made by Lasith Malinga to the Mumbai-based outfit. The bowler has featured in 122 games for the team and has the accolade of the highest wicket-taker for the team and the highest wicket-taking overseas bowler. Moreover, he also holds the record of one of the best bowling averages and features in the top five. There are few surprising names in the middle in the form of Dimitri Mascarenhas who had hit Yuvraj Singh five sixes once in history. His name is third on the list with a bowling average of 18.73 in 13 games.


Here is the list of top five bowling average in the Indian Premier League spanning 13 editions:

Sl.No. Player Name Play For No. of Match Bowling Average
1 Kagiso Rabada Delhi Capitals 30 17.48
2 Doug Bollinger Chennai Super Kings 27 18.72
3 Dimitri Mascarenhas Kings XI Punjab 13 18.73
4 MF Maharoof Delhi Capitals 20 19.25
5 Lasith Malinga Mumbai Indians 122 19.80


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