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IPL 2021: Best bowling figures in IPL history

Now teams have realised that they need to have quality bowlers in their squad to win the title.

Ishant Sharma
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Indian Premier League has been a lifeline for many fans giving them pure joy and excitement. The league has flourished over the years and is now competing to become one of the most popular tournaments in the sports arena. Though the initial impression from IPL was that it is made just for batsmen, that thinking has changed in the last couple of years.

Now teams have realised that they need to have quality bowlers in their squad to win the title. In many games, it has been seen that one bowler completely changed the match to tilt it in the favour of his team. In this article, let’s take a look at-

Best bowling figures in IPL history

The record for best bowling figures in an IPL game belongs to young pacer Alzarri Joseph. He ran through the batting lineup of Sunrisers Hyderabad in a low scoring match and picked up 6 wickets for just 12 runs in 2019. Mumbai Indians had set a target of 137 runs for the Hyderabad team which looked completely achievable. However, SRH could not sustain the regular blows of Alzarri Joseph and got bundled for just 96 runs losing the match by 40 runs. 

The record which Joseph broke was earlier held by Sohail Tanveer for 11 years. Tanveer had registered figures of 6/14 against Chennai Super Kings while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural season. The Chennai team got all out for 109 runs while batting first in this game, and the Royals chased this total very easily in 14.2 overs to win by 8 wickets.

Adam Zampa announced himself to the IPL in style as he took a 6-fer in just his second match in the league in 2016. He was vital in restricting Sunrisers Hyderabad to a total of 137/8 in 20 overs. However, the SRH bowlers made even this total look tough as CSK could only manage 133/8 in their innings, and lost the thriller by 4 runs. Zampa’s figure thus remains the best bowling performance in a losing cause. 

The great Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble displayed his class in IPL as well and still holds the record for the most economical 5-wicket haul. He took 5 wickets in an innings against Rajasthan Royals while giving away just 5 runs in 3.1 overs including a maiden. The Rajasthan team got dismissed for just 58 runs while chasing 134, the lowest innings total then, and second-lowest in the IPL history.    

India’s veteran pacer Ishant Sharma is fifth on the list of best bowling figures in IPL. The Deccan Chargers team had set a target of 130 runs for Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 20 overs in IPL 2011, and they dismissed Kochi for just 74 runs as Ishant Sharma displayed extraordinary bowling skills. He picked 5 wickets for only 12 runs in his 3 overs. Ishant was declared player of the match for taking the team to a 55-run victory.   

Best bowling figures in IPL

Player Overs Bowling Figures Maidens Economy Against Year
Alzarri Joseph 3.4 6/12 1 3.27 SRH 2019
Sohail Tanveer 4 6/14 0 3.50 CSK 2008
Adam Zampa 4 6/19 0 4.75 SRH 2016
Anil Kumble 3.1 5/5 1 1.57 RR 2009
 Ishant Sharma 3 5/12 0 4 KTK 2011