Indian Premier League has been the most celebrated and the biggest T20 cricket carnival for the last 14 years and is still going strong as ever. It is known for its thrill, suspense, glamour and most importantly, money. IPL is the source of the biggest entertainment and refreshments for cricket enthusiasts. It is known for unprecedented lethal bowling spells which cricketing fans adore and rejoice.
Mesmerising block-hole yorkers ravaging the middle stumps, bullet-speed short balls and unpredictable bouncers, inconceivable good-length ball and the brandishing swing delivery, all are regarded as the epitome of impressive bowling style. Hence, a stunning bowing performance is immensely crucial for constraining and derailing any robust batting line up in an IPL match. Let’s check out the most impressive and destructive bowling figures in the glorious reign of IPL.
Alzarri Joseph- 6/12 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), 2019
Alzarri, the Caribbean leads the race of the best bowling figures in the history of IPL. His stunning debut spell of six wickets for 12 runs in 3.4 overs against the SRH surprised the cricket fraternity. He helped Mumbai Indians to dish out SRH for just 96 runs in reply to a low score of 136.
Sohail Tanvir- 6/14 vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK), 2008
In the inaugural edition of IPL, Sohail Tanvir delivered a historic performance and grabbed 6 wickets for 14 runs in four overs for Rajasthan Royals against CSK. Currently, Pakistani players are restricted from playing in the IPL.
Adam Zampa- 6/19 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), 2016
The cunning Australian leg-spinner, while playing for Rising Pune Supergiant delivered an unbelievable bowling spell against SRH. He took impressively 6 wickets in a spell of your overs giving 19 runs. This is by far the best spell for a losing cause. Zampa’s brilliance couldn’t lead CSK to the path of victory.
Anil Kumble- 5/5 vs Rajasthan Royal (RR), 2009
Anil Kumble, popularly known as Jumbo of Indian cricket, is the highest wicket-taker in red-ball cricket for India. He grabbed 5 wickets for five runs from 3.1 overs. His remarkable bowling spell ransacked the RR’s batting line up for a trivial score of 58 runs- the second-lowest team total in IPL history.
Ishant Sharma- 5/12 vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK), 2011
The Indian pacer demolished the Kochi’s batting line up for 74 runs. Playing for Deccan Chargers, Ishant displayed an unprecedented bowling spell and took 5 wickets for paltry 12 runs in a 3 overs spell. He was declared man of the match for earning a 55- runs impossible victory in the low scoring match.
Lasith Malinga- 5/13 vs Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), 2011
He doesn’t need an introduction, being the most dreadful bowler at his time and also the highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL cricket, Lasith Malinga demolished the Delhi batting line up for just 95 runs. He grabbed 5 wickets in 3.4 overs, giving only 13 runs.
Ankit Rajpoot, 5/14 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), 2018
Ankit Rajpoot was a surprise package for the Kings Xi Punjab in 2018 and helped the team to win several matches with his amazing performance. The best of Ankit’s bowling spell came against SRH, he snatched 5 wickets for 15 runs in his four-over spell. Sadly, his brilliant performance couldn’t help the team to triumph and Punjab lost the match. Nonetheless, he was bestowed with the man of the match for a memorable bowling spell.
These are some exemplary bowling figures of India’s biggest cricket fiesta IPL. As a player, there wouldn’t be any better ecosystem to flourish your skill and talent. Seeing all the superstars under one roof, sharing a dressing room with budding stars and that creating a prosperous cricket fraternity across the globe. Being the shortest format of cricket, people usually carry a myth that the IPL match is all about a power-packed batsman smacking those monstrous sixes and thumping fours. But the other side of the picture is a destructive bowling spell, that turned the course of the match in a few deliveries.