The Indian Premier League (IPL), since its inception, has seen world-class bowlers mesmerized by their ability to make the ball talk.
Before the 14th edition of the T20 extravagance from April 9 Sports star compiles a list of the top 10 bowlers with the most wickets in IPL history.
1. Lasith Malinga (170 wickets in 122 matches) –
The Sri Lankan tracer was instrumental in helping the Indians of Mumbai (MI) cross the finish line on several occasions.
Malinga was at his best in the 2011 IPL, after which he won the Purple Cap for scalping the most wickets of this edition – 28 in 16 games.
It will not appear in this year’s IPL after being released by MI prior to the auction.
2. Amit Mishra (160 wickets in 150 matches)
The leg spinner holds the record for most hat tricks since the tournament started in 2008 – three against Deccan Chargers, Punjab Kings and Pune Warriors India.
3. Piyush Chawla (156 wickets in 164 matches)
The astute skater’s name is etched in the IPL history books not only for his wicket-making ability.
Besides having 156 wickets, Chawla is probably best known for scoring the winning points for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2014 IPL Finals. He also played an important role in the KKR title race in 2012.
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His subtle control with the ball in hand and his ability to make good use of conditions will make him a vital part of the Mumbai Indians’ attack this year.
4. Dwayne Bravo (153 wickets in 140 matches)
A personification of the swashbuckler himself, Bravo has been one of the best all-rounders in the IPL.
Along with impeccable bowling performances, Bravo played some lightning hits with the bat. A good knowledge of the game as a whole and its technical finesse make it an asset for any team.
He pocketed the “Purple Cap” in the 2013 edition of the IPL after taking 32 wickets for the Chennai Super Kings.
5. Harbhajan Singh (150 wickets in 160 matches)
One of India’s top spinners, Harbhajan boasts of a decent IPL record.
With 150 wickets in 160 games, Harbhajan, who found a last-minute KKR bid at this year’s auction, has made a place for himself among the IPL bowling elites.
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6. Ravichandran Ashwin (138 wickets in 154 games)
Fresh off his exploits in the India-England series, where he became the second-fastest bowler to reach 400 wickets in Tests, Ashwin also maintained a stellar record in the shorter format.
With the legendary Starfruit still in his arsenal, fans will surely be hoping that he will also wear his Midas touch at IPL 2021.
7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (136 IPL wickets in 121 matches)
Kumar is the main wicket taker for his Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) franchise with his best bowling numbers of 5/19, against the Punjab Kings in 2017.
Out of action for six months with a thigh injury, he hopes to make a comeback in this year’s IPL.
8. Sunil Narine (127 wickets in 120 games)
‘Mystery bowler’ Narine, known for his ability to wind batsmen at will, has recently been in the news for his flamboyant batting performances after being promoted to KKR opener.
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9. Yuzvendra Chahal (121 wickets in 99 games)
A mainstay of the Indian Limited Overs Cricket Team, Chahal is known for his entertaining personality on and off the pitch.
An essential cog in the wheel of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the wrist-turner has 121 wickets in 99 matches.
10. Umesh Yadav (119 wickets in 121 matches)
Known for his frenetic pace, Yadav has collected 119 wickets in 121 matches.
The stocky bowler has an equally impressive international record with over 200 wickets for India in all formats.