Cricket is touted as the batsmen’s game, but bowlers play an equal and important role too. In the past 12 seasons of IPL, bowlers have played an equally important role as the batsmen in making it an exciting and memorable experience for the fans. Three times in the league’s history, Lasith Malinga, the highest wicket-taker of the season had led his team to win the IPL.
You miss, I hit happens to be the main mantra of the bowlers in the format of T20 cricket. A good economic spell or the sound of timber falling and leading to a flurry of wickets has always been a talking point in IPL. A performer consistent with the ball is a big benefit for any side in the competition. We have to wait to see how the performance of bowlers stand out in the scheduled matches of VIVO IPL 2020.
Here is a look at the players with the highest wickets in IPL history.
Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians)- 170 wickets
Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan pacer playing for Mumbai Indians, tops the chart with most wickets in IPL history. He has a staggering 170 wickets to his credits from 122 matches. Malinga has been an instrumental player taking 55 wickets during the title-winning campaigns in 2013, 2015 and 2017 for Mumbai Indians. In 2011, with 28 wickets in 16 games he was the purple cap holder. Among the top wicket-takers, he has the best average of 19.01 and an excellent economy of 6.86.
Amit Mishra (Delhi Daredevils, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad)- 157 wickets
Amit Mishra, the Indian leg spinner so far has represented three IPL franchises. He holds the record for taking 157 wickets from 147 games. In the upcoming seasons, Mishra has a real chance of overtaking Lasith Malinga’s record of 170 wickets. A consistent performer, he is the only player who holds the record for three hat-tricks and has an economy of 7.39.
Harbhajan Singh (Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians)- 150 wickets
The veteran off-spinner Harbhajan has played with two franchises in the leagues run. Initially an integral part of Mumbai Indians, he joined CSK in 2018. He played and won three titles with the Mumbai Indians since the inaugural IPL in 2008 and added a fourth in 2018 with CSK. He has a record of 150 wickets from 160 games.
Piyush Chawla (Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings Xi Punjab)- 150 wickets
Piyush Chawla started his IPL journey with Kings XI Punjab and stayed with them for 6 years. He then joined Kolkata Knight Riders and was an integral part of the team when they won the title in 2014. At the IPL auction in December 2019, he was the costliest Indian player to be sold at Rs 6.75 crores to Chennai Super Kings. The Indian leg-spinner has claimed 150 wickets from 157 games and stands equal with Harbhajan Singh on the list of highest wicket-takers. He played an integral role and scored the winning runs in the title-winning 2014 squad of the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Lions, Mumbai Indians) 147 wickets
The Caribbean all-rounder is a star with both bat and ball. He bats with a flair of a typical West Indian and is an entertaining player with his wonderful shots all-round the wicket. He has good knowledge and encapsulates the game having a good grasp on the technicalities of the game. He played with the Mumbai Indians in the first three seasons, and in 2011 was taken by the Chennai Super Kings. He has won Purple Cap twice in 2013 and 2015 for the highest wicket-taker of the season. He has 147 wickets to his name from 134 matches. After Malinga, he has the second-best strike rate of 17.06.