IPL Best Economy Bowlers


Along with the strike rate of batsmen and setting aside the economics of money, the economy of bowlers is a key part of the event and the single most important statistic which is looked at by teams, and it matters a lot in the IPL. Economical bowlers are like a goldmine in T20 cricket because it is rare to get bowlers who can keep a lid on runs and also pick up wickets.

In the Indian Premier League (IPL), the word “economy” is an inextricable part. Because it is something which has changed the fortunes of Indian cricket forever, after all, it is one of the major money-spinners that the world of cricket. While numerous big-ticket tournaments have been delayed or postponed all over the world or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, this is the most important reason that the BCCI is still in search of a window to host the tournament in some form or the other.

While we are looking at the bowlers with the finest economy in IPL, the top most names Shaun Pollock, Anil Kumble and Glenn McGrath, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. These players can be considered as top 5 bowlers with the best economy. But none of them have played at least 50 matches in the tournament.

Therefore, over the last 12 seasons, considering some of the best bowlers in the world that have played in the league and left an unforgettable mark on its history, here is a list of top five best economies in the IPL of players with 100 matches and above:

Best Economy In IPL (Minimum 100 matches)


#5) Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Matches – 117, Economy: 7.24)


Bhuvneshwar Kumar capability to bowl with extreme order and discipline in both the power-play overs and the death makes him a must-have necessity for SRH. His performances in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad is the main reason Bhuvneshwar came back into the reckoning for the national team. He also has two purple caps in his name.


#4) Lasith Malinga (Matches – 122, Economy: 7.14)


Considering his way of bowling, no batsman has found an answer to Malinga’s toe crushing yorkers and slower deliveries. Lasith Malinga is one of the IPL’s most successful bowler in terms of wickets picked, and also does a great job in containing batsmen. This is the feature of his bowling which helped Mumbai Indians edge CSK out in the final over of the 2019 tournament.


#3) Harbhajan Singh (Matches – 160, Economy: 7.05)


Harbhajan Singh, being called the ‘Turbanator’ is a trump card for the Mumbai Indians that he was associated with the franchise, in the long years. Bhajji’s cleverness is a very significant tool for captain Rohit Sharma, who had used him astutely. Now, Bhaji, who is in the dusk of his career, has been taking the rabbit out of the hat for his previous India captain MS Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings.


2) Ravichandran Ashwin (Matches – 139, Economy: 6.79)


Being a consistent performer in the league for CSK and Kings XI Punjab, Ashwin’s exploits for Chennai Super Kings led to his India debut and it is ironic that the man who is now India’s major match champion in Test cricket rose to fame as a white ball professional. Delhi Capitals is his current team and we would hope he continues the good work in their colors.


#1) Sunil Narine (Matches – 110, Economy: 6.67)


Sunil Narine played an essential role in Kolkata Knight Riders‘ award-winning campaigns in 2012 and 2014. Narine is the one who took the term ‘mystery spinner’ to a greater height. Hence, Narine was the most fatal weapon in the IPL and T20 leagues across the world.

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