IPL 2022 is around the corner. The tournament begins on the 26th of March. The IPL can be said to be a batter’s tournament. The high-flying sixes, the gorgeous cover drives, and the amazing pull-shots! The IPL has never been the best of experience for the bowlers. However, some bowlers have made the IPL their own. These are bowlers who have over the years made impactful performances. Some of them are going to feature in IPL 2022. Here is a look at the top 10 bowlers with the most wickets in the IPL:
|Name||Number of Wickets|
Lasith Malinga for Mumbai Indians:
Lasith Malinga is one player who held his loyalty to the Mumbai Indians. The sling-action of his is loved by the Mumbai fans. Malinga happens to be the bowler with the most wickets in the IPL. His contribution to the Mumbai Indians is unmatched. Malinga has worked as a player and as a mentor for the Mumbai-based franchise. His toe-crushing yorkers and slower balls were once the talks of the town.
Dwayne Bravo for the Chennai Super Kings:
Dwayne Bravo is a player who has played the most T20 games in freelance cricket. Bravo has the experience of playing all over the globe. When we see Bravo on the field, we automatically assume it is for CSK! Now that speaks volumes of his connection with the South Indian franchise. Bravo is a death-over specialist. He has a well-disguised slower ball. Even after 8 to 9 years, the batsmen find it difficult to negotiate. He has picked 167 wickets in the IPL and will be looking to go past Malinga’s record this season.
Amit Mishra will not be seen in IPL 2022:
Amit Mishra, the Delhi-based leg spinner has immense contribution to the IPL. Mishra has the record for most hattricks in the IPL. He has played for the Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and the Deccan Chargers. Mishra and his leg-spin are difficult to deal with. His googly is hidden. At an economy of 7.5 Mishra has picked a staggering 166 wickets. It was a pity that Amit Mishra went unsold in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction.
Piyush Chawla will not be seen in IPL 2022:
Piyush Chawla the 4th highest wicket-taker in the history of the IPL will not be playing IPL 2022. Chawla too went unsold in the IPL Mega Auction. Chawla has given his elite services to the Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, and Chennai Super Kings. His bowling is difficult to deal with. His flipper is hidden and skids onto the bat. This player from Gujarat still has a lot to offer to the game. He bowled at an economy of 7.2 and grabbed 157 wickets.
Harbhajan Singh will not be seen in IPL 2022:
From one sinner to another. Each of these veteran spinners went unsold at the auction. Bhajji announced retirement from all forms of cricket recently. Bhajji was an integral part of two of the most successful IPL franchises. He played for the Mumbai Indians till 2017 From then on, he offered his services to the Chennai Super Kings. He was also picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders. Bhajji picked 150 wickets in the IPL. His contribution helped the Mumbai Indians win the IPL in 2013, 2015, and 2017. And the Chennai Super Kings in 2018. He was the best off-spinner in the 2018 IPL season.
Ravichandran Ashwin will be playing for RR in IPL 2022:
In the list of wicket-takers, the top 6 have 5 spinners! This shows the dominance of spinners in this festival of cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin is a player that was born in the IPL. Under the mentorship of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ashwin has become a legend of the sport. He has picked a cumulative of 145 wickets. Ashwin bowls in the powerplay that gives him an added dimension.
This mystery spinner from Trinidad has left a mark on the Indian T20 league. Making his debut in 2010 with the mystery, Sunil Narine has become the face of KKR. His mystery remains unsolved to date. Just as his bowling was looking like waning, Narine began contributing with the bat and his performance with the ball eventually improved. Narine has picked 143 wickets, all while playing for KKR. He is very economical and is a thinking bowler.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be playing for SRH in IPL 2022:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar happens to be one of the most economical bowlers of the IPL. In a game where Chris Gayle smashed 175 from 66 balls, Bhuvi’s economy was below 7. Bhuvi has picked 142 wickets in the IPL. He has played for the Deccan Chargers, the Sunrisers, and Pune Warriors India. Bhuvi is an exceptional death bowler as well. His nip-backers are difficult to deal with. He belongs to the elite club of bowlers that have taken a wicket on the first ball of their debut game.
This spin-wizard from Haryana has left a lasting impression of the IPL. He is a gift of the IPL to the cricketing world. Yuzi and his spin leave many batters in tatters. Chahal has the knack for picking wickets. He is the guy with the golden arm. He is an attacking bowler. His mindset is similar to that of Shane Warne. He attacks the batsmen under any circumstances. While playing a majority of his games at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, which is a bowlers’ graveyard, Chahal has scalped 139 wickets.
Jasprit Bumrah will be Playing for MI in IPL 2022:
Jasprit Bumrah, the spearhead of the Indian bowling line-up is bound to feature on this list. This disciple of Lasith Malinga has successfully filled the shoes of Malinga. His yorkers are difficult to deal with in the death overs. They are like a laser-guided missile as said by Aakash Chopra. Bumrah also has a well-directed bouncer. He bowls at an economy of 6.8! Bumrah has picked 130 wickets in the league and his graph seems to be improving.
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