IPL 2021 has been severe on batters especially in the second leg of the tournament. Even in the first leg, the games in Chennai were extremely difficult to bat as it was low and slow and run scoring was difficult. There were some surprise performers with the ball in this season. Lets take a look at the top bowler in IPL 2021
There were so many excellent performers in this season with the ball for their respective franchises. It is an extremely difficult job to zero in on one particular bowler but Harshal Patel has to be the best bowler in this season purely because of how he has bowled inspite of his limitations. He doesn’t have express pace but his lethal slower dipping yorker has been extraordinary and it’s a nightmare to the batters.
It wouldn’t be right to pick the top 10 wicket takers as the top 10 bowlers. Wickets are a by-product of various other factors and especially in T20s, it comes majorly because of the pressure created by the bowlers from the other end and picking top 10 wicket takers as the top 10 bowlers would be injustice to the bowler who created pressure and acted as the catalyst for the fall of wicket. This is a highly subjective area. Lets take a look at top 10 bowlers in IPL 2021.
Jasprit Bumrah is the best bowler in white ball cricket for 2 years now. He has played 9 seasons in IPL and represented MI in all the seasons. He is surely a top bowler in IPL and in world cricket.
Mohammad Shami is one of the most improved bowlers in recent times with respect to white ball cricket. He still lacks defensive skills which is more important but he is a top bowler at the moment.
Harshal Patel has reinvented himself with a majestic season in 2021. He has developed a brilliant loopy slower ball which has been unplayable for batters at all the phases of the game. He has taken the most wickets by any Indian bowler in an IPL season in IPL2021. He has picked 30 wickets at an ER of 8.40 in 14 games. He averages 14 wickets for a wicket. He is the best death bowler of IPL 2021
IPL is the most competitive cricket in the world for quite sometime now. One needs to be at the top of their game to taste success in this league such is the quality of the league. There is no breathing space for mediocre bowlers in here and it is safe to say that IPL is for the top and elite bowlers.
It is quite a difficult task to choose the number 1 bowler in IPL but one man from Sri Lanka stands out as the best bowler in the history of IPL. The kind of impact Lasith Malinga had for his franchise Mumbai Indians from 2009 to 2019 is something that no one has replicated in IPL. He is the leading wicket taker in IPL history with 170 wickets and has 4 trophies with Mumbai Indians.
Harshal Patel has picked 30 wickets at the end of league stage in IPL 2O21. He is the most important reason for RCB winning 9 games in the league stage. He along with Glenn Maxwell have been the shining stars from them in the bowling and batting department respectively. He has 30 wickets in 14 games at an ER of 8.40 and it is only going to improve after playoffs.
Who took 5 wickets in IPL- Few surprise entries
Lets take a look at the list of bowlers who have taken 5 wicket hauls in IPL history. There are 22 bowlers with 5 wicket hauls in IPL. Only Jaydev Unadkat and James Faulkner have 2 five wicket hauls.