Top 5 bowlers from the UAE segment of IPL 2014

Top 5 bowlers from the UAE segment of IPL 2014

The IPL has been played before in the UAE. During the 2014 general elections in India, the first 20 games of the IPL were played in the UAE.

Mohit Sharma
Mohit Sharma. (Photo Source: IANS)

The IPL is scheduled to be played in the UAE this time around and the conditions of India and the UAE will vary quite a bit. The pitches in UAE are lower and slower than the ones on which most IPL games are played on across India. The high-scoring grounds like Wankhede and Chinnaswamy will be dearly missed. The change of conditions is sure to benefit some teams more than others.

The IPL has been played before in the UAE. During the 2014 general elections in India, the first 20 games of the IPL were played in the UAE, 5 by each team, after which they shifted back to India. Due to varying conditions, some players performed better and some worse in these new conditions. Now that the entire IPL is going to be played there, let’s have a look at players who performed the best during the 2014 segment of the UAE.

This time around, it is perhaps going to be the bowlers who are going to dominate in the cash-rich league. So let’s have a look at the top 5 bowlers who will be playing in the upcoming edition and did well last time in UAE.

Here’s the list:

5. Yuzvendra Chahal: 7 wickets at an economy of 5.4

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. (Photo: IANS)

Chahal, who was starting out in 2014, had a pretty good time with the ball, picking up wickets regularly and keeping it tight all throughout. He was a youngster but bowled like a veteran in his first season with Royal Challengers Bangalore, with a lot of flight and guile, keeping the batsmen on their toes.

Chahal has emerged to be one of the go-to bowlers for Virat Kohli in RCB. He has had a glorious IPL career and has picked up 100 wickets over the last 7 seasons.  Chahal has often been praised for bowling extremely well even on a run-scoring ground like the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. It was through his performances for RCB that he got a national call up and has been a mainstay of Indian limited-overs bowling since then. He was the 3rd highest wicket-taker in the 2015 season and has since just improved upon his bowling.

Chahal will look to perform well once again in UAE. This time around he is way more experienced and is sure to have more variations up his sleeve. RCB has struggled with their poor bowling attack in the last few seasons and will bank on Chahal to put in significant performances in conditions which will suit him a lot.