T20 cricket is considered to be in the favor of big hitters batsmen. But a bowler with the right skills can change the course of a match with just a couple of deliveries. There are many bowlers who have become the key players for their team. These bowlers have dominated many matches in their IPL career and left a huge impact on the audience. They more than often became the match winner for their team. Here is the list of top ten bowlers in IPL who took the most wickets.
- LASITH MALINGA
One of the best bowlers of all time, Srilankan cricketer Lasith Malinga has made numerous records throughout his career. He is widely praised for his ability to take consecutive wickets. Malinga is the only bowler in the world to have two hat-tricks in his name in the World Cup. Malinga made his debut in IPL in 2009 with Mumbai Indians and has been with the team since. Malinga played 113 innings and managed to take 157 wickets. He delivers at an economy rate of 6.93 and with a bowling strike rate of 16.7. In one inning he took 5 wickets and he took four wickets in one match in four matches. Which helped him to become the most wicket taker in IPL. Malinga also has the fourth best bowling average which is 19.01 in 110 matches in IPL. He also bowled the 3rd most maiden overs and delivered the third most dot balls in IPL.
2. AMIT MISHRA
Amit Mishra has become one of the most famous bowlers in IPL. He also plays for Haryana in the Ranji Trophy. The leg-break bowler made his IPL debut in the inaugural season and he currently represents the Delhi Capitals. Mishra has taken second most wickets in IPL. Mishra played in 138 innings and have 149 dismissals on his name. Mishra bowls at an economy rate of 7.41 and with a bowling strike rate of 19.5. Mishra took five wickets in a single inning and he took four wickets in an inning three times. Amit Mishra also delivered fourth most dot balls in IPL. Mishra also has three hat-tricks on his name.
3. PIYUSH CHAWLA
The leg-spinner bowler has become one of the most well-known bowlers in India. Piyush Chawla has the third most dismissal in his name in IPL. Piyush Chawla made his IPL debut in his very first season. He used to play for Kings XI Punjab. He has been a key player for Kolkata Knight Riders for the longest. Chawla bowled in 149 innings and took a total of 144 wickets. He plays at an economy rate 7.70 with a strike rate of 20.7. Chawla took 4 wickets in a single inning twice. He delivered fifth most dot balls in IPL.
4. DWAYNE BRAVO
The Trinidadian cricketer is one of the most genuine all-rounders of his era. His widely known as one among the best death bowlers. Bravo has become one of the most loved players in IPL. Bravo played in 123 innings in IPL and managed to take 143 wickets. Bravo’s bowling strike rate is 16.8 and his economy rate is 8.46. Bravo also took 4 wickets in an inning twice. In his best innings in IPL, Bravo took 4 wickets in exchange of 22 runs.
Harbhajan Singh is one of the best spin-bowlers in India. he holds the record for the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off-spinner. The first Indian bowler to take a hat trick in Test cricket, Harbhajan Singh debuted on the very first season in IPL. He was a lead player in the Mumbai Indians team and currently represents the Chennai Super Kings. Singh has bowled in 150 innings and managed to take 141 wickets. He plays at an economy rate of 6.99 and at a bowling strike rate of 22.7. He took 4 wickets in one inning and he also took 5 wickets in a single inning once. Singh also delivered most dot balls in IPL.
6. BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has become widely popular for his bowling skills and dedication towards the game of cricket. Kumar is the first Indian bowler, who took a five-wicket haul in all formats of cricket. Kumar debuted in IPL in the year of 2011. Kumar used to play for Pune Warriors. Currently, he represents Sunrisers Hyderabad and has become a major contributor to the team. Kumar played a total of 108 innings in IPL and has made 123 dismissals on his name. With an economy rate of 7.25 and a bowling strike rate of 19.4, Kumar took 4 wickets in an inning twice and took 5 wickets in a single inning.
7. RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN
Ashwin made his IPL debut in 2009. The fastest Indian bowler came into the limelight in 2010, when he represented Chennai Super Kings in IPL. Currently, Ashwin is leading the Kings XI Punjab team in the Indian Premier League. He holds the record of taking 7th most wickets in IPL. Ashwin played 128 innings in total in the IPL and took 117 wickets. In his best innings, Ashwin took 4 wickets in exchange of 34 runs. Ashwin bowls at an economy rate of 6.76 and with a strike rate of 23.4. In his IPL career, Ashwin once took 4 wickets in a single inning.
8. SUNIL NARINE
Sunil Narine has been leading the Kolkata Knight Riders team from his debut season in 2012. Narine has become one of the most popular cricketers in IPl, because of his match-winning skills. He has been a key contributor to the KKR team in both of their victories. He played a total of 102 innings and took 115 wickets. In Narine’s best innings he took 5 wickets in exchange of 19 runs. Narine bowls at an economy rate of 6.60 and with a strike rate of 20.7. Narine took 5 wickets in an inning once and 4 wickets in an inning 6 times. Narine also took a hat-trick in 2013 against Kings XI Punjab.
9. UMESH YADAV
Umesh Yadav is another bowler in the IPL, who has definitely made his presence felt. Yadav was the highest Indian wicket-taker in 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Yadav made his IPL debut in 2010. Yadav is one of the key bowlers in the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. He played in 111 innings and took an impressive 113 wickets in total. Yadav took 4 wickets in an inning twice. He has an overall economy rate of 8.32, with a strike rate of 20.7.
10. ASHISH NEHRA
Nehra is regarded as one of the best Indian players of his era. Even after retiring in 2017, Nehra still remains the 10th most wicket taking bowler in IPL. Nehra debut in the inaugural season in IPL. He played for the Chennai Super Kings before retiring. Nehra took a total of 106 wickets in just 88. In his best innings, Nehra took 4 wickets in exchange of 10 runs. Nehra has an economy rate of 7.84 and a strike rate of 18.0.