The IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world and in 2014 ranked sixth by average attendance among all sports leagues. In 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event in the world to be broadcast live on YouTube.
It is the most watched cricket league in the world, so much so that the ICC provides a separate calendar to it every year – a time when most of the international cricketing action takes a break.
Even though we generally associate T20 with explosive hitting and powerful batting it is actually the bowlers who are the trump cards. No matter the runs put up on the board, if the bowlers are unable to defend the target, it turns out to be futile in the end.
Here is the list of top 10 Wicket takers in IPL history.
#10 Ravichandran Ashwin – 100 Wicket
Popularly known for his carrom ball, the right-arm off-break bowler from Chennai, Ravichandran Ashwin made headlines for finishing 2015 as ICC’s top ranked bowler. He also finished as the No. 1 ranked Test all-rounder, for the second time in three years. One of the key players for Chennai Super Kings, Ashwin was a complete revelation in the third edition of the Indian Premier League. His testing spells in IPL 2010 earned him a place in the Indian Squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup. His exploits for CSK over the years meant he was retained by the franchise ahead of the 2014 season. Ashwin, who has evolved and brought plenty of variations over the years, possesses the ability to destroy best batting line-ups and is also a handy lower-order batsman. He was an integral contributor to CSK’s two IPL trophy wins. In VIVO IPL 2016, he was picked up by the Rising Pune Supergiants at the IPL 2016 Player Draft. Now this year he is captain of Kings XI Punjab
#9 Zaheer Khan – 102 Wicket
He was the second-most successful Indian pace bowler in Test cricket, behind Kapil Dev. Khan started his domestic career by playing for Baroda. In the early years of his career, Khan was known for his hostile seam and pace bowling, especially fast inch-perfect yorkers.
Khan has played the Royal Challengers as well as Mumbai Indians before he was picked for the Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 auction. He has captained the Daredevils in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 season, Zaheer became the 10th bowler in the history and 8th Indian bowler, to pick 100 wickets in Indian Premier League. At the age of 38, he is the oldest player to achieve this feat. He is holding Ninth position on the list with 102 icket in total 100 IPL matches.
#8 Vinay Kumar – 103 Wicket
Vinay Kumar, an Indian pacer, stood fifth in top wicket takers list in IPL history. On rare occasions, he utilized the new ball but a handy outcome at death. Vinay picked up 103 wickets in IPL career and he is stand in 8 position in this list.
He was the highest wicket taker in the 2009–2010 domestic season. In IPL 2010, he took 16 wickets, the highest among all pace bowlers in the tournament. He is holding Eighth position on the list with 103 wicket in total 103 IPL matches.
#7 Ashish Nehra – 105 Wicket
Nehra joined the Indian Premier League and signed up for the Mumbai Indians franchise. He won the Man of the Match for the game versus Rajasthan Royals taking three wickets on 7 May 2008. He played for the Delhi DareDevils from 2009. He was picked up by Pune Warriors India in the 2011 IPL player auction for a sum of Rs. 3.91 crores,. Nehra was ruled out of IPL-4 for first few matches due to a fractured finger on his right hand. He came back again in the IPL-5. He was swapped up with Ross Taylor to play for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 6. In the 2014 IPL auction Nehra was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for ?2,00,00,000. His bowling skills had been showcased to its full extent in IPL 8. He took 22 wickets in 16 games at an average of 20 with an economy of 7.2, proving his worth once again and was one of the highest wicket takers in competition, only to lose to his teammate who won the purple cap; Dwayne Bravo. In the 2016 IPL auction Nehra was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for ?5,50,00,000, he went on to win the 2016 Indian Premier League. He is holding Seventh position on the list with 105 wicket in total 88 IPL matches.
#6 Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 111 Wicket
It has been a rapid rise to the top for Uttar Pradesh’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar. After doing exceptionally well on the domestic circuit, the medium pacer got his chance to perform at the international level. He was impressive right off the blocks, striking rich hauls in his maiden ODI and T20I appearances for Team India. And thanks to his ability to bowl long spells, he was even selected in the Test squad against the visiting Australian side in February-March 2013. He has been the go-to man for Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling at the start of the innings and has been mighty impressive at the death as well. He forms the crux of the Sunrisers pace attack.
#5 Dwayne Bravo – 122 Wicket
Dwayne Bravo is one of the most entertaining players in the world. He brings in Caribbean swagger to the IPL and bats with typical West Indian flair with lovely shots all round the wicket.
Having played plenty of Twenty20 leagues across the world, Bravo encapsulates the knowledge of the game and also has a good grasp on the technicalities of the game.
After plying his skills for the Mumbai Indians in the first three seasons, Bravo was taken up by the Chennai Super Kings ahead of the 2011 IPL. A hard-hitting batsman and a decent-paced bowler, Bravo is an asset to any T20 side in the world. His all-round usefulness led the CSK think tank to retain him ahead of the 2014 season. Ahead of IPL 2016, the West Indian all-rounder was picked by the new team Gujarat Lions in the player draft. Come 2018 IPL Player Auction, CSK once again showed faith in the all-rounder by using their Right To Match card.
#4 Piyush Chawla – 126 Wicket
An experienced leg-spinner with a wealth of experience in all formats, Piyush Chwala has been a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders setup for long. Having proven his worth in conditions that are slow with some turn on offer, Chawla can be more than a handful. Not just with the ball, Chawla is a handy bat lower down the order too. His most notable performance came in the final of the 2014 IPL edition when he hit the winning runs keeping his calm in the final overs of the match to lead his side to the title.It came as no surprise when the franchise didn’t hesitate to use the Right To Match card to get him back in the squad in 2018.
#3 Harbhajan Singh – 127 Wicket
A veteran at the Mumbai Indians bowling unit, Harbhajan Singh has been a part of the IPL since the word go. He led the Mumbai Indians to their first Twenty20 title in 2011 when they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final of the Champions League T20. The Turbanator was the preferred spinner in India’s 2011 ICC World Cup-winning team too. Having been an integral part of the MI squad with three IPL titles, Harbhajan brings in a rich experience to the league.
This eleventh edition of the league will see the of-spinner don CSK colours and is all set to play under Dhoni’s leadership once again.
#2 Amit Mishra – 134 Wicket
After making his IPL debut with the Daredevils, Amit Mishra also plied his skills for the Deccan Chargers as well as the Sunrisers Hyderabad before returning to the Delhi-based franchise. The experienced leg-spinner has been the consistent performer in the IPL and bailed his team out from quite a few tricky situations. Since making his first-class debut back in 2000 – 01 season, the cricketer from Haryana has represented the country in all three formats of the game. He has over 200 wickets in the shortest format of the game and has crossed the 500-mark in the longest format. A classical leg-spinner, Mishra also relies on the googly to pick wickets and likes to flight the ball. He has amassed 134 wickets in the IPL thus far with a best of 5/17.
#1 Lasith Malinga – 154 Wicket
On top of the list is Sri Lanka’s express pacer, Malinga with 154 wickets to his name. Malinga is followed by Amit Mishra who has 134 wickets to his name. Malinga has played for the Mumbai Indians constantly between 2009 and 2017.
He also had the most four wicket hauls in the IPL and he has picked up those wickets at an economy rate of just 6.86. Lasith Malinga is thus an IPL legend.
A veteran of over 20 ODIs and 300 T20s, Malinga will join the support staff headed by coach Mahela Jayawardene, bowling coach Shane Bond, batting coach Robin Singh and newly appointed fielding coach James Pemment.
“It’s a great opportunity to be present with, and an honour to continue my association with Mumbai Indians. Mumbai has been my home away from home for the last decade.
As a player, I have enjoyed the journey with Mumbai Indians and now as mentor, I look forward to the new chapter,” said Malinga.