Most Wickets in IPL | Highest Wicket Taker in IPL History

Most Wickets in IPL | Highest Wicket Taker in IPL History

Only three overseas pacers are present in this list.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Batsmen are ruling the T20 format ever since it has been introduced. They have always targeted bowlers to hit them out of the park, no matter how efficient they are in the game. Bowlers are expected to come up with a lot of variations in their attack in order to survive in the shortest format. It helps them to take wickets and build pressure on the opposition batting line-up.

IPL, being the toughest league of T20 format, has witnessed some tremendous bowlers who have been consistent in each season. Consistency in bowling could be determined by the total wickets and the economy of the bowler.
 So far in the IPL history, Lasith Malinga has taken the most number of wickets. The Sri Lankan pacer has played for Mumbai Indians since 2010.

He has taken 170 wickets in 122 matches till now at an amazing economy of 7.14. Malinga is followed by Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla with 160 and 156 wickets respectively.

Amit Mishra has represented various franchises in IPL and currently plays for Delhi Capitals. The leg-spinner is the all-time leading wicket-taker among the spinners in IPL history. India’s swinging sensation from Uttar Pradesh Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also rising up the ranks gradually. He is at 7th position in the record list of most wicket-taker in IPL, having 136 wickets in 121 matches so far. Both the players have bowled various match-winning spells for their respective franchises.  

7 Indian bowlers in top 10 wicket-takers in IPL

The list of most wicket-takers in IPL consists of 7 Indian players in the top 10. Sunil Narine, Lasith Malinga, and Dwayne Bravo are the only overseas players in the record list. The West Indian off-spinner also has a record of the lowest economy rate in the top 20 players. In addition to rare records by bowlers, there are only two bowlers who have clinched 4 wickets in a single innings 6 times.

One being the exceptional pacer from Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga and the other is the sensational spinner of KKR, Sunil Narine. The five-wicket hauls are very uncommon in the T20 format. Even in IPL, James Faulkner and Jaydev Unadkat are the only two bowlers who have picked fifers twice.

Let us have a look at the most wicket-takers of IPL:-

1 Lasith Malinga 122 170
2 Amit Mishra 150 160
3 Piyush Chawla 164 156
4 Dwayne Bravo 140 153
5 Harbhajan Singh 160 150
6 Ravichandran Ashwin 154 138
7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 121 136
8 Sunil Narine 120 127
9 Yuzvendra Chahal 99 121
10 Umesh Yadav 121 119

*Updated on 06 Feb 2021 

~Written by Vishesh Sharma