IPL 2019: 5 Players who could be the leading wicket-taker
Availability of the players being the key trait this year in IPL, the Indian bowlers have a great chance to top the charts.
Updated - Jan 25, 2019 11:04 am
The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to commence on March 23. The franchises gave a final look to their teams in the auction last month and not surprisingly, the bowlers were in demand. Despite the shortest format being dominated by the batsmen, without decent bowlers, the tournament could not be won.
Bowlers have evolved a lot when it comes to bowling in this format in general and the performances of Andrew Tye, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the IPL bear testimony to that. The very fact that the World Cup starts right after the cash-rich tournament makes this year’s IPL interesting.
Since the major players will be rested by their respective Boards, the focus will be on the youngsters and how they deliver in crunch situations. It would be a point to focus more on the bowling aspect as the top bowlers will be rested, allowing the light to fall on the youngsters.
Here we take a look at five bowlers who will be the highest wicket-taker this season:
5. Varun Chakravarthy (Kings XI Punjab)
In simple words, Varun Chakravarthy was the surprise package in the IPL auction for the 2019 edition when he was bought by the KXIP for a whopping sum of Rs 8.4 crores. Varun has the mystery-spinner tag written all over him. He is a fine example of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) product as he finished the last season with nine wickets at an economy of 4.92 and a dot-ball percentage of 52%.
Varun has had a fair bit of experience of bowling to the top international batsmen in IPL during his stint as a net-bowler for KKR. Just like Sunil Narine in 2012, Varun Chakravarthy can prove to be the surprise package of IPL this time around. Expect him to give a tough fight for the purple cap.