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IPL 2021: Top ten bowlers to watch for

The fourteenth version of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) starts in a few days as 9th April will embrace the world’s money-richest league with a hundred top-notched players from the world.

Since its beginning, the league has gained popularity and revenue in surplus amount. It is watched all across the love with different teams featuring since the inaugural version.

As many as six stadiums in India will be entertaining the event. It is hypothesized that no audience will be allowed inside the grounds in the first half of the IPL 2021 whereas, the decision on the second phase is yet to be taken.

We have witnessed a pile of records coming our way that is unique by any means. From Sohail Tanveer’s record to Gayle’s highest score, there are numerous record-breaking registered.

Since the inaugural edition, we have also seen numerous frenzied bowling stats, as it took years for Sohail Tanvir’s record to get broken.

There are hundreds of six-wicket, five-wicket, four-wicket, and three-wicket hauls by different bowlers, and everyone continues to bloom, serving their franchises with the skills.

Having over hundreds of bowlers, we have dug out the top ten bowlers to watch for in the upcoming season scheduled to begin by 9th April. Here are they:

IPL 2021: Top ten bowlers to watch for

Mohammad Shami:

The KXIP class did his efforts but his team could not win
The KXIP class made its efforts, but his team could not win. Image: DNA India

Mohammad Shami, who played his crucial role in the KL Rahul-led franchise, appears on the forty-sixth slot when one discusses the rankings for the highest wicket-taker in the IPL (all time).

Although only sixty wickets featuring in 63 innings, he has, but the 2020 season of the T20 league uttered him surplus stats. He ended as the eighth-ranked bowler picking 20 wickets in the lastly held season for KXIP.

His overall best stats are 3/15 as rocking form granted him these best figures in IPL 2020 in 14 innings. Shami maintained an economy of 8.57, but he will surely be looking to attack maintaining a way better statical data to his name.

Jasprit Bumrah:

Jasprit Bumrah, MI's class
Jasprit Bumrah, MI’s class. Image: DNA India

Jasprit Bumrah, the toe crusher, will be striking with his full-toss and yorker deliveries this IPL. He ranks 12th on the list of the players with the most number of wickets. Playing 92 innings yet, Bumrah has maintained an economy of 7.41 with two four-wickets hauls.

Discussing the last season he played, making his appearance for the Rohit Sharma-led team, he grasped 27 wickets with a BBI of 4/14, ending on the 2nd position for the purple cap holders list. Notably, his all four-wicket-haul came in the lastly held season.

He stayed best after Delhi-based Rabada, who had yielded 30 wickets. In IPL 2020, Bumrah confirms the economy of 6.73 at a strike rate of 13.33.

The Mumbai-owned bowler will be showing the show this season which is to begin by 9th April. You can see the complete IPL 2021 schedule and venues here.

Anrich Nortje:

Anrich Nortje, the Proteas bowler
Anrich Nortje, the Proteas bowler. Image: WION

Anrich Nortje represented Delhi Capitals led by Shreyas Iyer in IPL 2020. He ranked 4th on the table of the highest-wicket getters in that respective season. Otherwise, he is yet to make in the top hundred.

He was auctioned by the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2019 but was ruled out due to a shoulder injury. Before donning the Capitals’ jersey in the IPL 2020, he had never played IPL matches. The player stats include only 16 matches played that came out in the lastly held season.

In the first regular-season Nortje participated, he inspired the masses with his economy of 18.26, averaging 23.27 with 22 wickets. Notably, 3/33 were his best figures, and more is yet to be achieved.

Yuzvendra Chahal:

The RCB-based Yuzvendra Chahal stunned for the Kohli-led side.
The RCB-based Yuzvendra Chahal stunned for the Kohli-led side. Image: DNA India

Yuzvendra Chahal, the well-known Indian spinner, is the 9th-ranked bowler on the list of Purple Cap holders in the entire history of IPL.

The young player has made it in 98 matches grasping 121 wickets with the best figures of 4/25. The economical bowler has a compiled economy of 7.67, whereas it was only 7.08 in IPL 2020.

Discussing the 2020 stats, Chahal had maintained the best bowling figures of 3/18 with no four-wicket-haul then. He has two four-wicket hauls to his name in his overall IPL career.

Rashid Khan:

Rashid Khan, the number one T20I bowler showed his class in IPL 2020
Rashid Khan, the number one T20I bowler, showed his class in IPL 2020. Image: IPL official

Rashid Khan, the number one T20I bowler, showed his essence in the lastly held IPL. He ranked second with 20 wickets at an economy of 5.37 and ranked first on the most economical bowlers of IPL 2020.

His best figures were 3/7 that was absolutely incredible to witness. Seeing his overall IPL stats, Rashid has featured in 62 matches stunning with 75 wickets at an economy of 6.24.

Notably, he has no four-wicket-haul yet and will be looking for a stable season for the Sun Risers Hyderabad this April.

Kagiso Rabada:

The South African bowler, Kagiso Rabada represented Delhi Capitals last season and ended in the list of having most wickets then
The South African bowler Kagiso Rabada represented Delhi Capitals last season and ended in having most wickets then. Image: The Economic Times

Kagiso Rabada, truly a class from South Africa, represented Delhi Capitals last season. He took most wickets and earned a Purple Cap staying dominant with 30 wickets surpassing Mumbai-based Bumrah.

Despite having a higher economy of 8.34, he attracted visions by the wickets coming his way. Notably, he is a forty-two-ranked bowler in all-time IPL best bowling figure stats.

Since the time he is playing, Rabada has earned 61 wickets in 35 innings with the best bowling figures of 4/21. Rabada has four four-wicket hauls, out of which two were yielded in IPL 2020.

You can read Dale Steyn statement’s on IPL here

Trent Boult:

Trent Boult. the New Zealander represenetd Mumbai Indians last season and stayed dominant to clinch the trophy
Trent Boult. The New Zealander represented Mumbai Indians last season and stayed dominant to clinch the trophy. Image: TOI

Mumbai Indians have always been picky while auctioning the players. Hence, they have gotten Trent Boult. Boult from New Zealand ended as the third best bowler with 25 wickets in IPL 2020. He had an economy of 7.47 with a single four-wicket-haul.

He is a 41 ranked bowler when it comes to the overall IPL stats for the best and highest-wicket-taking bowler. Boult has named 63 wickets in 48 matches with 4/18 as his BBI coming last year.

Piyush Chawala:

Piyush Chawla remained inspiring last season
Piyush Chawla remained in between inspiring and uninspiring last season. This image is from the 2018 season. Image courtesy: DNA India

Piyush Chawla was auctioned by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) last season. He could represent the Dhoni-led in only 7 matches and grasped 6 wickets.

The bowler’s best bowling figures were 2/33 at an economy of 9.9 as he did not get enough opportunities to prove his worth.

Chawla’s overall bowling stats place him third on the table of purple cap holders. He has 156 wickets to his name in 163 matches, conceding an economy of 7.87. Chawla has sustained two four-wicket hauls yet and will be targeting five soon.

Ravichandran Ashwin:

Ravichandran Ashwin, the well-known Indian bowler will be one of them to watch this IPL
Ravichandran Ashwin, the well-known Indian bowler, will be one of them to watch this IPL. Image: IPL official

India’s well-known bowling class, Ashwin, will be looking for a wonderful season like he lastly had. The Delhi-based bowler donned the team jersey in 15 matches and picked 13 wickets with 3/29 as his BBI.

Seeing his overall IPL stats, Ravi ranks sixth on the list with 138 wickets in 151 innings at an economy of 6.87 with a single four-wicket haul.

Umesh Yadav:

Umesh Yadav, one of the bowlers to watch for
Umesh Yadav, one of the bowlers to watch for. Image: Cricket Addictor

Umesh Yadav cost RCB the two games he played, conceding 83 runs picking no wicket. However, he is the class that can be witnesses in the upcoming seasons.

Umesh is the 10th best bowler checking the overall IPL stats for the most wickets. Featuring in 120 innings of 121 matches, he has sustained 119 wickets with 4/24 as his best figures.

Notably, the RCB-based bowler has two four-wicket-hauls and will be hunting more this season.

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IPL 2021: Top ten batters to watch for

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