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Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in IPL

Published at :April 13, 2024 at 2:56 PM
Modified at :April 13, 2024 at 2:56 PM
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11 bowlers have taken more than 150 wickets in the IPL so far.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) began in 2008 with much fanfare and has gone on to become the most popular, richest and best T20 league in the world. It has become a global brand leaving behind Premier League football and even the NBA in brand value.

T20 cricket is known more for its batting fireworks and the IPL is the same as well, where batters have ruled the roost. Batters have created many records and the most recent one was Sunrisers Hyderabad breaking the record for the highest team total.

But, bowlers have also seen their days in the tournament. There have been instances where bowlers have bettered the batters even in batting conditions. Royal Challengers Bengaluru hold the record for the lowest team total in the IPL, scoring 49 runs. With this theme, we take a look at the 10 bowlers with the most wickets in the IPL.

Here are the top 10 bowlers with the most wickets in IPL:

10. Jasprit Bumrah – 155 wickets:

Jasprit Bumrah, MI, IPL 2024
Jasprit Bumrah. (Image Source: BCCI)

Mumbai Indians’ (MI) pacer Jasprit Bumrah is currently at tenth spot in the all-time highest wicket-takers’ list in the IPL. He made his IPL debut in 2013 for MI and has been associated with the side since then.

Bumrah has so far played 125 matches and taken 155 wickets. He also has two five-wicket hauls to his name in the league with best bowling figures of 5/10.

9. Ravindra Jadeja – 156 wickets:

MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja
MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja. (Image Source: IPL)

Ravindra Jadeja has played for two IPL-winning teams Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in his career, apart from Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Gujarat Lions. He also captained CSK in a handful of matches in IPL 2022.

He has been part of CSK since the 2012 IPL season. Jadeja has picked 156 wickets in his IPL career in 231 matches, with best bowling figures of 5/16 and an economy of 7.58.

8. Sunil Narine – 167 wickets:

Sunil Narine. (Image Source: BCCI)
Sunil Narine. (Image Source: BCCI)

KKR legend Sunil Narine has been a franchise player since his debut in the IPL. He has only played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and has appeared in 166 games.

Narine has taken 167 wickets in the IPL with an economy of 6.74 and best bowling figures of 5/19. He has been part of Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL wins in 2012 and 2014.

7. Lasith Malinga – 170 wickets:

Lasith Malinga, Mumbai Indians
Lasith Malinga. (Image Source: Mumbai Indians)

Legendary Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga played his whole career for Mumbai Indians and was part of their IPL wins in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

He reigned at the top of the IPL most wicket-taking bowlers chart for a long time, taking 170 wickets in 122 matches at an economy of 7.14. His best bowling performance was 5/13.

6. Ravichandran Ashwin – 172 wickets:

Ravi Ashwin RR IPL 2024
Ravi Ashwin. (Image Source: IPL)

Ace India spinner Ravi Ashwin is at the sixth spot in the most wickets list. Ashwin made his IPL debut for Chennai Super Kings and since then, has played for Delhi Capitals, Rising Pune Supergiant, Punjab Kings and is currently with Rajasthan Royals.

Ashwin has picked up 172 wickets in 202 matches in the IPL. His best bowling figures are 4/34 and his economy has been 7.05.

5. Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 173 wickets:

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, SRH, IPL 2024
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. (Image Source: BCCI)

Former India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been one of the best pacers in Indian Premier League history and his economy of 7.46 says a lot about his talent with the new and old ball.

“Bhuvi,” as he is affectionately known, has played for Pune Warriors and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He has a total tally of 173 wickets in the tournament with best bowling figures of 5/19.

4. Amit Mishra – 173 wickets:

Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra. (Image Source: IPL)

Amit Mishra is the only bowler with three hat-tricks in the Indian Premier League. So far, he has played 161 IPL matches and taken 173 wickets.

His best bowling figures are 5/17 and his economy is 7.36. Mishra has played for Delhi Capitals, Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He’s currently with Lucknow Super Giants.

3. Piyush Chawla – 181 wickets:

Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla. (Image Source: IPL)

Another veteran leg-spinner Piyush Chawla got a second wind to his IPL career when he was bought by Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2023 auction. Chawla played for Punjab Kings, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders before.

Overall, he has 181 wickets to his name in 185 games with an economy of 7.96. Chawla’s best bowling performance in the IPL is 4/17 and he is still an effective bowler in the tournament.

2. Dwayne Bravo – 183 wickets:

Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo. (Image source: IPL)

Legendary West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo sits in second place in the IPL’s list of all-time wicket-takers with 183 scalps in 161 matches. His best bowling figures were 4/22 and his economy was 8.38.

Bravo, considered one of the best death-over bowlers, played for MI, CSK and GL during his IPL career. He won the Purple Cap twice and was the first bowler to do so. Bravo announced his retirement from the IPL and is now the CSK bowling coach.

1. Yuzvendra Chahal – 197 wickets:

Yuzi Chahal
Yuzi Chahal. (Image source: Twitter)

The highest wicket-taker of all-time in the IPL is Yuzvendra Chahal. He has 197 wickets in 150 IPL games. His best bowling figures in the IPL are 5/40 and that included a hat-trick as well, which came against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2022.

Chahal’s economy in the IPL is 7.65. He played for Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the past and now plies his trade for the Rajasthan Royals.  

(All stats updated till 12th April, 2024)

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