Ever since the IPL began in April 2008, it’s been biased only to one category of cricketers – Batsmen! The batsmen have ruled the roost in the IPL. From the very first day of the IPL, we have seen the batsmen simply maul the bowlers. Brendon McCullum, in the first game of the IPL itself made a hard hitting statement with his epic knock of 158* off just 73 balls.
Since then, it’s been a procession of tons in the IPL. It is no crime to mention that the batsmen have bossed the helpless bowlers. Short boundaries, field restrictions and heavy meaty bats have made batsmen the ultimate conquerors of the IPL.
Despite such biasness between the bat and ball, we have seen some stellar performances with the ball in the IPL. In the very first edition, it was Sohail Tanvir, who demolished the Chennai Super Kings apart and got a 6 for. In the second season, it was Pragyan Ojha, who stood out. In the third and fourth edition, Lasith Malinga was a class apart. Since then, the best bowler in the IPL has been the mystery man from West Indies – Sunil Narine. Narine has been a revelation in the IPL and has redefined the role of bowling in T20 cricket.
However, the IPL still lacks the presence of some world class bowlers. It is sternly believed that the presence of some bowlers will make life harder for the batsmen. There are several good bowlers who are not a part of the IPL setup.
In this article, we glance through Top-5 bowlers we want to see in the IPL, whose presence would have made the IPL far more interesting –
5. JAMES ANDERSON:
The swing sensation from England has found immense success outside the subcontinent. However, his performance in the shortest version of the game has been disappointing. Anderson has been completely disappointing with the white ball in the subcontinent.
Anderson is often compared with Steyn as to determine who the better pacer is. Steyn has been really impressive in the IPL. Steyn has made it clear that if you are a genuine class bowler, then pitches don’t really matter. Thus, it would have been way too interesting to watch Anderson in the IPL. Who knows, the IPL could have improved his skills as a limited overs bowler.
4. STUART BROAD:
Along with leading the England side well, Broad has been an exceptional T20 bowler as well. His death bowling skills are fantastic. Broad is a complete cricketer indeed. He is a handy fielder; leads the side well; bats comparatively well; and is a world class bowler.
The IPL maniacs would have loved to watch him bowl full throttle. He was even picked by the Kings XI Punjab in 2011, but was unfortunately injured and had to miss the season. He was then replaced by another player. If Broad manages to make an entry in the IPL now, then it will be a great sight for IPL viewers. But the chances of that happening are extremely bleak.
3. UMAR GUL:
The “Guldozer” as they call him, is among the most successful T20 bowlers of all time. He was the leading wicket taker for Pakistan in the first two editions of the T20 World Cup. His absence in the recently concluded World Cup was badly felt by the Pakistan side. He has been a great asset to the Pakistan team in recent years. Gul in the death overs is as good as a bowler can get.
He played the first edition of the IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders. But unfortunate circumstances external to the IPL have meant that he cannot take part in the league. It would have been a treat to watch Umar Gul bowl in the IPL. He would have challenged the batsmen to a great extent.
2. WAHAB RIAZ:
We all have to admit it that the spell of Wahab Riaz to Shane Watson in the World Cup was the most memorable part about the tournament. With sheer pace and bounce, Wahab simply stunned Watson. He made Watson look like an amateur cricketer. Wahab Riaz is among the finest left arm pacers in world cricket right now.
He has the ability to deliver the yorkers with ease. He can intimidate a batsman with his pace as well. He made the Indian batsmen toil hard in the India Pakistan clash in the World Cup during the death overs. Having Riaz around for the IPL would have meant a much better viewing experience for all the IPL fans.
1. SAEED AJMAL:
Ajmal was the best spinner in world cricket when he was banned for an illegal bowling action. Before that, he had simply set the stage on fire. His contribution for Pakistani cricket was so much that he was the spine of the team and not just the bowling department! Ajmal himself in an interview once admitted that it would be a great opportunity for him to be a part of the IPL. His canny bowling would have restored the balance between bat and ball to a certain extent. It’s fair to assume that his bowling would have been a great sight for all the IPL fans.
It would have been extremely interesting to watch these bowlers in action in the IPL. They would have surely given the batsmen a run for their money!