Making your name in the Indian Premier League by bowling is always a matter of excellence. IPL is played mostly on the flat pitches across India, Where the surface doesn’t help too much. A bowler has to be competent enough to get wickets in IPL. Usually, bowlers with an ample amount of variations have succeeded in this cash-rich franchise league. Among the top 5 bowlers, two fast bowlers and three spinners have made it to the list of the most wickets in IPL.
Most Wickets in IPL By A Player
Veteran fast bowler from Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga dominates the chart with 170 wickets in 122 matches. Since the maiden IPL season, Malinga has been one of the important players of Mumbai Indians. He has the best bowling average in IPL history, 19.80. Malinga has won many matches single-handedly for Mumbai in IPL, who doesn’t remember the final of IPL 2019, 9 runs were needed in 6 balls, and Malinga defended it to take his team home. His career-best 5/13 came against Delhi Daredevils in 2011 at Arun Jaitley Stadium.
One of the premium all-rounders of T20 Cricket, Dwayne Bravo gets the 2nd position on the chart of most wickets in IPL, grabbing 167 wickets in 148 innings. Bravo has all deliveries in his armory like slower, cutters, yorkers, and stock ball, but mostly he bowls with the old ball. His bowling strike has been 17.44, while the economy rate is 8.35. Bravo has won the purple cap twice with his spectacular bowling in 2013 & 2015. One team can rely on his batting also, as he is a decent hitter of the ball also.
Indian leggie Amit Mishra comes in 3rd place in terms of taking most wickets in IPL. Mishra has scalped 166 wickets in 154 matches at a strike rate of 19.54, which is 3rd best among bowlers, playing more than 120 games. Amit Mishra is the only player in the Indian Premier League to grab three hat-tricks against Deccan Chargers, Punjab Kings, and Pune Warriors India respectively. So far, he has represented three teams in IPL (Delhi Capitals, Deccan Chargers & Sunrisers Hyderabad).
The Uttar-Pradesh-born leg spinner Piyush Chawla is the 2nd leg spinner, who has made the cut to the record book of most wickets in IPL. Being a part of the Indian Premier League of 4 different teams, he has had 156 scalps in 164 games with an impressive average of 27.32. He is known for his exceptional googly bowling. Along with being an effective bowler, Chawla is a handy batsman also, he hit the winning runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2014 IPL final.
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has also had an excellent IPL career. He is someone who has been playing from the very first edition and has made 150 wickets in 160 innings in his name. Harbhajan Singh is one of the luckiest players, who have won the title four times (2011, 2013, 2018 & 2019), thrice with Mumbai Indians and once with Chennai Super Kings. In the 2021 IPl Season, KKR bought him for 1 cr rupees.
Lasith Malinga has taken the most wickets in IPL history (170).
Delhi Capitals seamer Kagiso Rabada was the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2020 with 30 wickets in 17 games.
Dwayne Bravo from CSK grabbed the most wickets in IPL 2015, 26 wickets in 16 innings.
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