IPL Fastest Bowlers
Fast bowling is a crucial aspect of the game since it deals with both at the initial and final part of the game. Fast bowlers might be lethal with their toe crushing yorkers or with surprising bouncers. All the franchises in IPL invest high bucks and faith into the pacers to improve their death bowling which is the most crucial part of an innings. With Indian pitches being spinner friendly there is no lack of talent to showcase in the fast bowling department.
IPL awards a purple cap to the player who picks up the highest number of wickets in a particular season. Here are the top 5 fast bowlers in the history of IPL.
List of top 5 fastest bowlers in IPL.
#5) Umesh Yadav
This tough built Indian clocks over 140s every time he bowls and swing’s in the meantime as well. He is popularly known as ‘strongman’ in the domestic circuit. Although his economy is on the weaker side, he never goes wicketless in a match. Umesh is an exceptional bowler in power play and also comes in handy in the middle over’s.
Umesh Yadav has picked up 119 wickets out of 119 matches he has played with an economy of 8.45. He has an average of 29.37 and a strike rate of 20.84. Yadav also has 2 four-wicket hauls to his name.
Umesh Yadav holds the fifth number in this IPL fastest bowlers list.
#4) Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah is an IPL found talent and has been difficult to face because of his unique action and serious pace. He is the one who is backed by every captain to bowl at death overs. Bowling alongside the legend Lasith Malinga has helped him improve his skills and boost his confidence.
Jasprit has taken 82 wickets out of 77 matches he has played with an economy of 7.55. He has an average of 26.59 and a strike rate of 21.12.
Jasprit Bumrah holds the fourth number in this IPL fastest bowlers list.
#3) Bhuvneshwar Kumar
This Indian is known for his disciplined bowling and has troubled batsmen with his tight lines and lengths. He is not in his prime form since the injury but is expected to be lethal in the coming years. Kumar is the only player to win the purple cap consecutively in the year 2016 and 2017.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has picked up 133 wickets out of 117 matches he has played in the IPL with an economy rate of 7.24. He has an average of 23.71 and a strike rate of 19.63. Kumar also has 2 four-wicket hauls and one 5 wicket haul to his name.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar holds the third number in this IPL fastest bowlers list.
#2) Dwayne Bravo
This Jamaican is one of the best all rounder’s going around in world cricket. His contribution with the bat, ball and field has been priceless. This right-arm medium-fast bowler brings in the Caribbean feel onto the field and no doubt he is one of the best entertainers both on and off the field. He is a two-time purple cap winner in the year 2013 and 2015.
Dwayne Bravo has picked up 147 wickets out of 134 matches he has played with an economy of 8.39. He has an average of 24.60 and a strike rate of 17.59. DJ also has 2 four-wicket haul to his name.
Dwayne Bravo holds the second number in this IPL fastest bowlers list.
#1) Lasith Malinga
Undoubtedly, the legend of the game is at the top of the list. This Sri Lankan is one of the greatest of all time because of his death bowling skills, especially in T-20 cricket. Malinga’s slinging action has been a nightmare for even the greatest of batsmen. The experience he brings, calmness even at crucial situations will be definitely missed in the 13th edition of the IPL.
Lasith Malinga has picked up 170 wickets out of 122 matches he has played in the IPL with an amazing economy of 7.14. He has an average of 19.80 and an astonishing strike rate of 16.62. He also has 6 four-wicket hauls and one 5 wicket haul to his name. He was a purple cap winner in the year 2011.