The Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen world-class bowlers from the very beginning, who have been praised for their ability to make balls.
Ahead of the 14th edition of T20Wake Key, which begins on 9 April, Sportsstar has prepared a list of the top 10 highest wicket takers in IPL history.
- Lasith Malinga (170 wickets in 122 matches) –
The Sri Lankan pacer will assist Mumbai Indians (MI) to cross the finish line on several occasions.
Malinga was at his best during IPL 2011, at the end of which he won the Purple Cap for taking the most wickets in that edition – 28 of 16 matches.
It will not be presented in this year’s IPL after it was released before the auction by MI.
- Amit Mishra (160 wickets in 150 matches)
The leg-spinner set a hat-trick record since the start of the tournament in 2008 – against three Deccan Chargers, Punjab Kings and Pune Warriors India.
P. Piyush Chawla (156 wickets in 164 matches)
The clever leg-spinner is not named just for his wicket-taking ability in the IPL history books.
Apart from taking 156 wickets, Chawla is remembered for scoring runs to win the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2014 IPL final. He won the title in 2012 at KKR.
His subtle control with balls in hand and his ability to make good use of the situation will make him an important component of the Mumbai Indians attack this year.
- Dwayne Bravo (153 wickets in 140 matches)
Introducing Swagger, Bravo is one of the best all-rounders in the IPL.
With some indecisive bowling performances, Bravo made a slight bang with the bat. The overall sound knowledge of the game and their technical skills make them an asset to any team.
He achieved the ‘Purple Cap’ in the 2013 edition of the IPL after taking 32 wickets from Chennai Super Kings.
Harb. Harbhajan Singh (150 wickets in 160 matches)
One of the best Indian spinners, Harbhajan claims to have a good IPL record.
Harbhajan made his place in the IPL bowling chart with a final bid of 150 wickets in 160 matches for KKR in this year’s auction.
- Ravichandran Ashwin (138 wickets in 154 matches)
His feat was refreshed in the India-England series, where he became the second fastest bowler to take 400 wickets in Tests, with Ashwin setting a great record in a very short period of time.
With carrom-ball still roaming in his arsenal, fans would certainly expect him to maintain his mid-touch in IPL 2021.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar (136 IPL wickets in 121 matches)
Kumar is the leading wicketkeeper for his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), with the best bowling figures of 5/19 against Punjab Kings in 2017.
He is expecting a strong comeback in this year’s IPL due to a thigh injury for the past six months.
- Sunil Narayan (127 wickets in 120 matches)
Known for his ability to bat at will, mystery bowler Naren has been in the news for his batting performance recently after meeting KKR as an opener.
- Yuzvendra Chahal (121 wickets in 99 matches)
Primarily a limited-overs Indian cricket team, Chahal is known for his fun personality.
The wrist-spinner, the lead architect of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has taken 121 wickets in 99 matches.
- Umesh Yadav (119 wickets in 121 matches)
Known for his ambiguous pace, Yadav is 119 wickets fast in 121 matches.
The Stormy bowler has set an equally impressive international record for India with over 200 wickets.