Batsmen tend to get more mileage in T20 cricket due to power hitting .However it has been seen in various T20 leagues and at international levels that teams possessing great bowling attacks finally triumphs in the long run and the same is witnessed in IPL history as well. Mumbai Indians , Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad has won 11 of the IPL titles as they possessed strong bowling attacks whereas Kings XI Punjab and RCB struggled inspite of possessing strong batting lineups .
IPL has seen lots of great bowlers who have performed and won IPL titles . Here we take a brief look at the top five wicket takers in IPL:
no 5 Harbhajan Singh:
Harbhajan has taken 150 wickets in 160 IPL games . The off spinner led Mumbai Indians in initial years and was their mainstay bowler in the middle overs not only controlling the run flow but taking crucial wickets with subtle variations and thus making a mockery of the notion that wrist spinners are more successful in T20 cricket than finger spinners . While Malinga took most of the headlines for MI with his lethal bowling , Harbhajan’s massive contributions in the middle overs cannot be ignored . He won IPL both for MI and CSK. Will represent KKR in IPL 2021.
no 4 Dwayne Bravo :
153 wickets in 140 games. Death over specialist and restricted many batting lineups from running away with victory from seemingly strong positions. Extremely skilful with his slower deliveries and possessed an yorker which totally foxed best of players. Has been to go to man for Dhoni in final overs as CSK took full advantage of his skills . His bowling coupled with his late hitting abilities and sharp fielding made him an IPL great .
no 3 Piyush Chawla :
One of the most undetstated bowlers in IPL but look at his record of 156 wickets in 164 games. Chawla showed lots of courage by bowling regularly in powerplays for KKR which is extremely challenging for any spinner . As a leggie , his variations and wrong ones brought a lot of wickets for KKR in powerplays . He used his googlies to great effect when in rhythm. Was a part of 2 IPL wins for KKR winning the 2nd in 2014 through his batting against Mitchel Johnson in final overs . Chawla’s skills during his KKR tenure proved to be a great asset for the team along with Sunil Narine’s mystery spin.
No 2 Amit Mishra :
Another leggie with a great IPL record but not yet a part of IPL title with luckless Delhi Capitals . Amit Mishra had all the attributes of a leg spinner . An out and out attacking bowler , he always believed in wickets and has 3 hat tricks, maximum by any bowler in IPL history . His flippers , googlies , wrong uns produced lots of wickets for Delhi Capitals in middle overs. A great IPL record of 160 wickets in 150 games . Definitely deserves an IPL title as a tribute to his greatness. Can 2021 bring him luck ?
No 1 Lasith Malinga :
Gautam Gambhir as the KKR captain was once asked to name a bowler he would have loved to have in his team. The Answer was : Lasith Malinga . The Srilankan is easily the all time greatest bowler in IPL history . An absolute legend. He was equally dangerous in powerplay and at the death with his brutal Yorkers at 90 plus mph and other variations . He was one of the biggest reasons Mumbai Indians picked up 4 IPL titles since 2013 during his tenure. There were many matches where his powerplay spells decided matches early . Similarly his lethal bowling at the death was responsible for Mumbai winning large numbers of close games. 170 wickets in 122 IPL games is a staggering record. Lasith Malinga was a box office hit in IPLs.