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IPL 2021: Top 5 bowlers with most wickets in IPL history

Over the years, it has been seen that teams who possess quality bowlers perform quite well, while those who struggle in this department generally lag behind.

Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

We have all heard multiple times that T20 cricket is a batsman’s game. However, one thing is to be noted that it is a bowler who turns the game for his team most times. The teams across the world have understood the fact that they need a good set of bowlers to win a tournament. This is true in the biggest T20 tournament IPL as well. Over the years, it has been seen that teams who possess quality bowlers perform quite well, while those who struggle in this department generally lag behind.

In this article, we are going to list out 5 bowlers who have taken the most wickets in IPL history. Among these 5 players, four are those who have been part of the league from the inaugural season. Three of the top 5 players are spin bowlers while the rest 2 are pacers.     

Top 5 bowlers with most wickets in IPL history

Lasith Malinga, who is undoubtedly the greatest pacer in the IPL history has taken record 170 wickets in 122 games he has played. Though 108 of these wickets have come in death overs where batsmen try to score at a faster pace and often get out in the process, still his overall numbers are too good to be questioned. Malinga started playing for Mumbai Indians in the 2009 season, and last appeared in the 2019 season. His final over in the 2019 final was enough to prove his greatness even at that stage of his career.

The next bowler on the list is Indian leggie Amit Mishra who has picked 160 wickets in 150 games. He is currently part of the Delhi squad, and earlier featured for the Hyderabad franchise as well. Mishra has recorded an impressive economy of 7.34 in the league and has been crucial in taking wickets in middle overs.  

Piyush Chawla, who was bought by Mumbai Indians for IPL 2021 in the mini-auction is the third-highest wicket-taker in the league history. He has picked 156 wickets in 164 matches with an average of 27.32 and the economy being 7.87. Piyush Chawla has earlier featured for Chennai, Punjab and Kolkata teams in the cash-rich league.

Dwayne Bravo with 153 wickets is at the fourth spot and second pacer after Lasith Malinga in the list. Bravo has been a vital cog in Chennai’s bowling lineup particularly in the death overs. With MS Dhoni being captain, Bravo’s potential has been used very cleverly for the team’s benefit. The all-rounder has played 140 IPL games and averages 24.82 with the ball.

Harbhajan Singh has taken 150 wickets in 160 games and currently stands at fifth spot. His economy rate in the league has been 7.05 while the average is 26.44. Bhajji will be playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s IPL after being released by Chennai Super Kings. 

Most wickets in IPL history

Player Matches Wickets Avg Economy BBI
Lasith Malinga 122 170 19.8 7.14 5/13
Amit Mishra 150 160 24.16 7.34 5/17
Piyush Chawla 164 156 27.82 7.87 4/17
Dwayne Bravo 140 153 24.82 8.40 4/22
Harbhajan Singh 160 150 26.44 7.05 5/18