Over the decades, it was seen that squads with good bowlers do relatively well, while those with poor bowlers tend to fall behind. We’ve all heard that T20 cricket is primarily a batter’s game. However, it should be mentioned that a spinner or fast bowler changes the game for his side most of the time.
Teams worldwide have realized that winning a competition requires a strong squad of bowlers. It is valid in the IPL, the world’s largest T20 event. Therefore, this post will explore the top Indian bowlers who have recorded the most IPL wickets.
Here is the compilation of top Indian bowlers with IPL’s most wickets:
Amit Mishra Holding 166 Wickets:
Amit Mishra, an Indian leg-spinner, possesses 166 wickets over 154 games. However, the third-highest wicket-taker in IPL antiquity and first among Indian bowlers.Surprisingly, Mishra went unclaimed in the 2022 mega auction.
Inside this league, he has a remarkable economy rate of 7.35, and it has been essential in grabbing wickets during the middle overs.
In cricket, Mishra has represented the Delhi Capitals, Deccan Chargers, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. In 154 games, the leg-break spinner picked 166 wickets with a scoring rate of 23.95 and an aggregate of 19.5.
Mishra scored a hat-trick for SRH or Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2013 IPL over the now Pune Warriors India. His 3rd hat-trick in the IPL made him the first player to score three hat-tricks in the league.
Amit Mishra’s first IPL hat-trick occurred in the tournament’s maiden season. But, surprisingly, it was against the same side that Mishra scored his second hat-trick.
Mishra’s club, the Delhi Daredevils, achieved 194 runs in the first innings. Herschelle Gibbs & Shahid Afridi provided a solid platform for the Chargers to pursue the objective.
Mishra eliminated both of them in the space of a few overs. But he wasn’t through yet. Things started to heat up on the very last over. The Chargers wanted 15 runs to win and just had to deal with a hat-trick rather. RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha and Dwaraka Ravi Teja seem to have been Mishra’s three victims.
Now it’s appropriate to dig at Mishra’s successive IPL hat-trick, which occurred in 2011 over Kings XI Punjab. Mishra was a member of a now Deccan Chargers during the time.
The Chargers recorded a monstrous 195 runs when batting first. Ryan McLaren was Mishra’s first victim, and on his next ball, he bowled Mandeep Singh. Then, he removed Ryan Harris to secure his second hat-trick. Later, in the person of Praveen Kumar, he introduced another target to his list.
Starting with this exceptional performance against Pune Warriors India during 2013, he turn our emphasis to hat-tricks. Mishra’s Sunrisers Hyderabad earned only 119 runs in their first innings.
The Orange Army got off to a fantastic start with Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa, but Thisara Perera had them both removed. Mishra arrived late, but he claimed the crucial wicket of Angelo Mathews. The competition came down to the wire, with Pune’s tail needing to collect 12 runs to win. But what happened instead was a rare hat-trick. Rahul Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were Mishra’s opponents this time.
Most Amit Mishra’s appearances on his list will be in his twenties, although this is a game from the 2016 season.
The Kings XI Punjab played first and dropped Murali Vijay to a runout soon in the innings. Manan Vohra and Shaun Marsh put up a 31-run first-wicket partnership, but Mishra shattered it by returning Marsh to the ground. In his following over, he effectively won the match for Delhi by dismissing two of Punjab’s most incredible batters, David Miller & Glenn Maxwell, in the very same throughout. In the following over, he claimed the dismissals of Punjab’s lone-standing fighter Manan Vohra to clinch his 4-wicket haul.
We managed to see 26-year-old Amit Mishra at his best in this 2009 encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders. Batting first, KKR started poorly, losing their top three players before scoring only ten runs. Sourav Ganguly’s skipper was then tasked to establish a partnership with the naïve Yashpal Singh. However, when Mishra fired Yashpal Singh, the relationship appeared to be on the verge of collapsing. A few overs later, he delivered his closing blow by dismissing Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques.
Piyush Chawla Owning 157 Wickets:
Piyush Chawla, is currently the 4th Highest wicket-taker in IPL history and second amongst Indian bowlers. Previously played for KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Punjab Kings, was acquired by MI (Mumbai Indians) in a mini-auction for IPL 2021.
With an average of 27.39 and an economy rate of 7.88, Piyush has 157 dismissals in 165 matches.
Chawla’s Best bowling innings was against Royal Challenger’s Bangalore in the year 2011. Chawla played for King X1 Punjab, batting first captain Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh put up a record-breaking 206 runs partnership for 2nd wicket. Chasing a giant target of 232 runs, RCB openers stumbled early and Chawla makes use of it without any hesitation. Chawla rasped RCB’s Middle Order and picked 4 wickets for just 17 runs.
Chawla was the third-highest wicket-taker in the opening edition of IPL 2008. Also, top the list for most 3 wickets in IPL 2008. Additionally, Chawla had picked 3 wickets 12 times in an innings so far in his IPL career.
Chawla has played in the lucrative league for Chennai (CSK), Punjab (KXIP), and Kolkata (KKR). Chawla has also played for MI and PBKS.
He took the lead in KKR’s title deserves to win in 2012 and 2014. He got 57 wickets from 55 matches by the end of IPL 4. Only five players had such a superior bowling record.
Harbhajan Singh Possessing 150 Wickets:
Harbhajan Singh is regarded as one of India’s greatest spin bowlers. In world cricket, he holds a lot of bowling records.
One of India’s top spinners, Harbhajan Singh has a strong IPL resume. During last year’s auction sites, he received a last-minute offer from KKR, cementing his place among the IPL’s illustrious players on the roster of most IPL wickets.
Harbhajan Singh, who has spent most of his tenure with the MI (Mumbai Indians) and stints with CSK & KKR, was the third Indian Bowlers with Most Wickets in IPL history and has claimed the sixth rank for most dismissals in the IPL.
The bowler has 150 wickets in 163 games, with an bowling average of 26.86 and economy rate of 7.07. In 2008, Singh made his IPL debut versus RCB, hitting two runs and scooping up two wickets.
Harbhajan played only 3 matches in the opening edition of IPL. His best-ever season was in the Sixth edition of IPL in the year 2013 whereas he picked 24 wickets in just 19 matches. and went on to become the third leading wicket-taker in 2013 IPL (first among Indian bowlers).
Moreover, he was the second leading wicket-taker in the third edition of IPL (2010) with 17 wickets besides his name by playing only 14 matches. Harbhajan had picked 3 wickets 12 times in an innings so far in his IPL career.
Singh made his first appearance over 13 years later. He resigned from all formats of cricket in December 2021 after playing for CSK, MI, and KKR in the IPL. Additionally Harbhajan holds the record for most number of dot balls bowled in all editions of IPL, he has bowled 1268 dot balls.
The spin bowler will be a member of one of the clubs’ support personnel in the IPL 2022. His best-figure in IPL was 5/18 against Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2011.
Ravichandran Ashwin Owning 145 Wickets:
Ravichandran Ashwin has collected the sixth-most wickets in the IPL (Fourth among Indian Bolwers), representing four different teams: Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, and Rising Pune Supergiants.
Ravi owns 145 wickets at an estimate of 27.80 runs per Match with an economy rate of 6.91 in 167 games. Ashwin has spent most of his IPL career with CSK, including the finals in 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.
Ashwin started his IPL Career in 2009 IPL against Mumbai Indians but didn’t get an opportunity to bowl in his debut match. In the very next opportunity against Kings X1 Punjab, he proved that was one of the best against Left-arm batsmen and picked the crucial wicket of K.Sangakkara and W.Mota.
In the very next edition of IPL (2010) Ashwin tops the list of bowlers with the best Economy rate (i.e) 6.10 runs/over competing against the legends like C.Vaas and A.Kumble.
R.Ashwin’s best IPL Season was 2011 IPL where he picked 20 wickets with an average of just 19.40. Ashwin was the fourth-highest wicket-taker in this edition of IPL.
Ravichandran Ashwin has long been regarded as a terrific Test bowler, but he has also demonstrated his abilities in the shorter version of the game.
Last month, the Rajasthan Royals paid INR 5 crores for Ashwin at the super auction. He has performed for CSK and DC in the past.
After his success in the India-England series, in that he became the second-fastest spinner in Test history, owning 400 wickets, Ashwin has gone on to hypnotize in the T20 format.
Members of the public will be hoping that he can rediscover his Golden Touch in the IPL 2022, with the famed carrom ball remaining a part of his arsenal. Ravi is considered one of the strongest challengers for the title of IPL spinner with the most wickets.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar Possessing 142 Wickets:
Having 142 wickets, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is fifth on this ranking of IPL Indian players with more wickets. Bhuvi has appeared in 132 matches, taking 142 dismissals at an estimated average of 25.26. In the tournament, he has delivered with an economy rate of 7.30.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was the only Indian player to win the purple cap twice. Bhuvi’s best IPL Season was the 2016 & 2017 IPL in which he went on to win the Purple cap continuously.
Only a few bowlers in the world can swing the ball at both ends and Bhuvi is one among them. Bhuvi’s other specialty is a change of pace which complicates the batsmen’s mindset during death overs.
Though Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has not been kept by the franchise for IPL 2022 due to a recent drop in form and reoccurring ailments. Bhuvi was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise after being purchased at a staggering 4.20 crore at the major auction.
Starting from IPL 2014, the pace bowler is still with the SRH or Sunrisers Hyderabad, having played for RCB and PWI.
Keep in mind that a bowler frequently flips the game in his team’s favour. As a result, teams worldwide have realized that winning a competition requires a strong squad of bowlers. And this is evident in the IPL, the world’s largest T20 event.
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