The Indian Premier League is underway this year and it has already seen some exciting action from Harshal Patel’s five-wicket haul to Sanju Samson‘s century. IPL 2021 returned to India after last year’s edition, which was played behind closed doors in the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic last season.
This year’s tournament will be played across six venues — Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad. The league matches will be played across six venues with the playoffs and final being held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 30. No team will have home advantage this season in the 56 league games as not all teams have the option of playing at their home stadium. The eight teams each will play a game in either of the four out of six decided venues in the league stages. Fans will also not be allowed inside the stadium at least for the first half of the season. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), however, will evaluate the decision later and take a call on the same keeping in mind the scenario of the country with regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
With IPL 2021 already underway and producing some exciting cricket, we take a look at the bowlers with the most number of wickets so far in the history of the tournament.
LASITH MALINGA (170)
Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga has been one of the finest bowlers in the history of T20 cricket and one of the IPL’s greatest-ever in terms of a foreign player. He is the only foreign bowler in the top five list of wicket-takers.
Malinga has a total of 170 wickets from 122 matches for the Mumbai Indians and bowled a total of 471.1 overs in the IPL. He had an average of 19.79 and an economy rate of 7.14. Malinga has taken four wickets in an innings on six occasions and a five-for only once.
His best figure in an IPL match is 5/13 against Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2011. Malinga has a strike rate of 16.6
AMIT MISHRA (160)
Amit Mishra is second in the list of highest wicket-takers in the history of the IPL and the leading in terms of spinners. Mishra has so far played for the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, who now Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Currently playing for the Capitals, Mishra has 160 wickets to his name from 151 matches, where he has bowled a total of 529.5 overs. The leg spinner has an average of 24.33 and an economy rate of 7.34. He has taken four wickets in an innings on three occasions and has one fifer till now.
Mishra’s best figure in an innings is 5/17 against Deccan Chargers in the inaugural season back in 2008. The 38-year-old has a strike rate of 19.08.
PIYUSH CHAWLA (156)
Piyush Chawla is another veteran Indian spinner and IPL success. Having played for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and now Mumbai Indians, Chawla is the second-highest wicket-taker in the list, who is a spinner.
Chawla has taken a total of 156 wickets from 164 matches, in which he has bowled 541.4 overs. The wrist-spinner has an average of 27.32 and an economy rate of 7.87 in the IPL. The 32-year-old has two four-wicket hauls and is yet to take a fifer.
His best figure in an IPL match is 4/17 and his strike rate is 20.08.
DWAYNE BRAVO (154)
Dwayne Bravo is the only all-rounder in the list of players with the most wickets in the IPL. Bravo, who has played for MI, CSK and the now-defunct Gujarat Lions, is perhaps the most successful all-rounder in the IPL.
Bravo has taken 154 wickets from 141 IPL games and bowled a total of 455.5 overs so far. The West Indian has an average of 24.84 and an economy rate of 8.39 in the IPL. So far, he has two four-wicket hauls and no five-for.
His best figure in the IPL is 4/22 and he has a strike rate of 17.7
HARBHAJAN SINGH (150)
Harbhajan Singh has so far played for Mi, CSK and is plying his trade at KKR in this year’s IPL. Bhajji is the most successful finger spinner in the history of the IPL.
The off-spinner has taken a total of 150 wickets from 161 matches and bowled 563.2 overs in the tournament so far. Harbhajan’s average is 26.50 and he has an economy rate of 7.05. He has one four-for and five-for each so far.
His best figure in the IPL is 5/18 came against CSK in IPL 2011. He has a strike rate of 22.5
Apart from Malinga, who has retired, everyone will have the chance to add to their tally in this year’s IPL.