The Indian Premier League 2021 is set to start in a few days. The first match that will set the fourteenth edition of IPL or Indian Premier League on its track is going to take place between Mumbai Indians; the defending champions, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The event will occur on the 9th of April, 2021 at Mumbai. Although all the matches shall be held within closed doors; the fans will still be very excited as the Indian Premier League shall be returning to India after being held in the United Arab Emirates last year due to the pandemic.
Over the years, the Indian Premier League has seen fantastic performances from different players. Multiple bowlers have delivered fantastic performances in the course of the tournament. Let us have a look at some of the top 10 best bowlers with the highest number of wickets.
1. Lasith Malinga
The Sri Lankan bowling superstar has been one of the stars of the Indian Premier League right from the very first season. In the course of 122 matches, he has picked up a total of 170 wickets. The highest by any bowler in the tournament ever. Malinga’s skills have often helped his team, Mumbai Indians win the game in nail-biting situations. His best was seen in the 2011 edition of the Indian Premier League; in which he picked up the maximum number of wickets – 28 from 16 games.
2. Amit Mishra
The veteran Indian legspinner has been a part of the Indian Premier League for a long time and has the record of picking up the highest number of hat-tricks in the tournament. He ranks second in this list with a total of 160 wickets from 150 matches to his name.
3. Piyush Chawla
The Indian leg-spinning all-rounder, who has been bought by Mumbai Indians this time is known for both his bowling and batting skills and always adds value to the team. He has a total of 156 wickets from 164 matches to his name, apart from the winning runs of Kolkata Knight Riders IPL victory in 2014.
4. Dwayne Bravo
The West Indian allrounder is one of the most familiar faces of the tournament and is a permanent feature of the Chennai Super Kings squad. He has a whopping 153 wickets from 140 matches to his name. Apart from this, he also multiple vital batting knocks in the course of his career in the IPL.
5. Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan is known for being one of the best spinners India has ever produced and he holds an enviable record of picking up 150 wickets from 160 matches in the IPL. He is currently a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders after having been released by the Chennai Super Kings this year during the auctions.
6. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin is probably now one of the best spinning all-rounders in the world. His bowling prowess has been improving day by day, and he has a decent tally of 138 wickets from 154 matches in the Indian Premier League. He is the fastest Indian player to reach 400 wickets in tests and has been dangerous in the shorter versions of the game as well.
7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Kumar has been a vital part of the Indian pace battery and is known for his ability to make the ball swing. He has picked up a total of 136 wickets from 121 matches, and will be looking to add to that tally this year after being out of the game for a long time due to a thigh injury.
8. Sunil Narine
Narine has probably been one of the most influential bowlers of limited overs cricket all across the world. His bowling is known for its mysteries and batsmen are often unable to play his balls. The West Indian bowler has picked up a total of 127 wickets from 120 matches.
9. Yuzvendra Chahal
This leg-spinner, who rose to prominence through the Indian Premier League has become a mainstay of the limited overs Indian team. He plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore and has an impressive 127 wickets to his name from 99 matches.
10. Umesh Yadav
Yadav has been an important member of the Indian pace battery for quite sometime now, especially in test matches. He is known for his pace and has 119 wickets from 121 matches to his name.
These records show the kind of players the tournament hosts and the kind of competition it sees. The Indian Premier League has been a platform that has given rise to many players and shall continue to do so in the future. Let us all look forward to this season of the tournament.