Indian T20 League, the most-watched cricket league in the world, usually sets explosive batting and powerful hitting as the centre of attention. What the fans tend to overlook, though, is the fact that bowlers are actually the trump cards, who are equally capable of dictating the pace of the game.
Since its inception in 2008, the league has seen some of the most breathtaking bowling performances and these five players dominate the list of tournament’s all-time top wicket-takers.
5. Harbhajan Singh (Kolkata)
‘The Turbanator’ as he is fondly known as, Harbhajan Singh has provided countless memorable moments in the Indian T20 League. He is, in fact, one of the most successful players in the league, having won as many as four titles (three with Mumbai and one with Chennai). In terms of his returns, Harbhajan bagged 150 wickets in 160 matches at an economy of 7.05 - which is the best economy rate amongst the top five bowlers.
4. Piyush Chawla (Kolkata)
Having played for Punjab from 2008 till 2013, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was roped in by Kolkata in 2014, and he has been consistent ever since. In 165 matches so far, Chawla has picked 157 wickets at an average of 27.39 and an economy rate of 7.88.
3. Amit Mishra (Delhi)
Having played for as many as three Indian T20 League sides (Delhi, Deccan and Hyderabad), the willy leg-spinner has notched 166 wickets in 154 games at an average of 23.95. He is also one of the few bowlers in the league who have four four-wicket hauls to their name.
2. Lasith Malinga (Mumbai)
A Purple Cap winner in 2011, Mumbai’s Lasith Malinga sits second with 170 wickets in just 122 Indian T20 League games. He is, in fact, one of the two players to have a whopping six four-wicket hauls in the league. What further sets him apart is the fact that he picked as many as 55 wickets in Mumbai’s title-winning seasons (2013, 2015 and 2017).
1. Dwayne Bravo (Chennai)
Dwayne Bravo, who is one of the two players to have won the Purple Cap twice in the league, started his career with Mumbai before moving to MS Dhoni-led Chennai in 2011. Having played 14 seasons, the West Indies cricketer has picked 171 wickets in 153 matches while maintaining an economy of 8.34.
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