Long back in the 16th century, Cricket was played for the first time in the World. Since its inception, Cricket has gone through myriad technological advancements & has faced numerous challenges both on & off-field. One such major boon in the Cricketing World is the advent of T20 Cricket.
T20 Cricket was invented with the idea of bringing more spectators into stadiums. T20 Cricket is perceived as an entertaining grandson of the age-old grandfather, Test Cricket.
When India lifted the glorious T20 World Cup in 2007, it was the moment when the T20 format strengthened its roots in Indian society. Whether old or young, men or women, the T20 format never fails to grab the attention of every cricket fan.
To robust the T20 format of cricket, the BCCI along with Lalit Modi brought the ‘Manoranjan Ka Baap’ Indian Premier League into existence. In the franchise-based tournament, IPL has successfully put a ‘tadka of entertainment into the T20 format of the game. Whether east or west, north or south IPL rules the heart of every section of the Indian society.
One of the major talking points of T20 Cricket is that the T20 format is more ‘batsmen friendly’. However, it’s worth noting that it is the bowler who turns the game in favor of his team, the majority of times. The teams across the World have understood the fact that they need to have a set of good bowlers to win the T20 tournaments. This is also the case with the cash-rich league IPL. Over the years it has been witnessed that the team that possesses quality bowlers wins maximum matches than the team that lags in the bowling department.
Time & again IPL has witnessed some superlative bowling performances and in this write-up, we have jotted down the top 5 highest wicket-takers in the history of the IPL. So Let’s have a look at the bowlers who took the most wickets in the IPL:
1) Lasith Malinga: 170 Wickets
Lasith Malinga is the most successful pacer in the history of IPL, by notching a total of 170 wickets in 122 matches which he has played. He has been leading the top bowler’s chart since 2008. Malinga has played for Mumbai Indians right from the inaugural season of IPL & did wonders for the franchise. Enjoying the best bowling figures of 5/13 with an economy rate of 7.14, Malinga is undoubtedly one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the IPL. Malinga’s contribution to the ball has helped Mumbai Indians to win the matches in most dire situations. Whether it’s his brilliant display in the finals of the IPL 2019 or his experience in leading the bowling unit, Malinga has always stood tall on most occasions for the five-time IPL Champions. His unique sling bowling action with perfect toe-crushing Yorkers has worked in favor of Mumbai Indians all these years.
2) Amit Mishra: 160 Wickets
The next bowler on the list of the top 5 highest wicket-takers in the history of the IPL is India’s rising leg spinner, Amit Mishra. Amit has played for three franchises- Deccan chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad & Delhi Capitals. By fetching 160 wickets in I50 matches, Amit Mishra is currently the backbone of the bowling unit of Delhi Capitals. His bowling average of 24.19 with a spectacular economy rate of 7.34 is the highlight of his career. Amit Mishra specializes in taking mid-over wickets & enjoys a rare bowling figure of 5/17 in his IPL career span. His deceptive leg-spin technique has helped Delhi Capitals to grab some crucial wickets & win the matches, thereby, helped his team to occupy the top spot on the IPL Points Table.
3) Piyush Chawla: 156 Wickets
Riding on the truckload of experience, Piyush Chawla is the third on the list of the top 5 highest wicket-takers in the IPL. Piyush Chawla has been a vital cog for CSK, PBKS & KKR franchisees which have received his services in the IPL. In total, Chawla has scalped 156 wickets in 164 matches with an average of 27.32 at a brilliant economy rate of 7.87. Mumbai Indians has acquired him in the Auction of the IPL 2021. Whether Chawla would be able to surpass his teammate Rahul Chahar who is in blistering form or would lag is a wait & watch thing! From doing a tough job of bowling in the power-play to taking crucial wickets in the death overs, Piyush has delivered in all conditions.
4) Dwayne Bravo: 153 Wickets
The prolific all-rounder Dwayne Bravo of the CSK franchise occupies the fourth spot on the chart of the top 5 highest wicket-takers in the IPL. By grabbing 153 wickets Bravo has been a central figure in CSK’s campaigns for all these years. CSK captain MS Dhoni has utilized Bravo’s targeted bowling skill for the benefit of the franchise. Dwayne Bravo is also known as Dhoni’s go-to–man, as the captain has relied on him to deliver in crucial situations. His dangerous death bowling prowess has been a nightmare for the opponent’s batsmen. Dwayne Bravo has played 140 IPL matches with an average of 24.88. Bravo’s crisp economy rate of 8.38 is the highlight of his gleaming IPL career.
5) Harbhajan Singh: 150 Wickets
Last but not the least, the veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh grabs a fifth spot on the list of most IPL wickets taken by a bowler. By registering 150 wickets on his name, Harbhajan Singh has reached the heights of success in his prolific IPL career. ‘Bhajji’ has played 160 matches with an average of 26.44. Harbhajan Singh has been featured for Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings & currently is associated with Kolkata Knight Riders in the cash-rich IPL. Harbhajan who has scalped wickets with an enticing economy rate of 7.05 has successfully defied the belief of T20 being a batsman game.
These are the glimpses of the best bowlers who rule the top bowler’s list in IPL history. Whether with bat or ball IPL never fails to entertain its crores of fans & thus it is rightly called ‘India Ka Tyohaar’.
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