They say T20 cricket is a batsman’s game. But time and time again, there have been bowlers who have dared to defy the pre-conceived notions and made the format their own. Today, we take a look at SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 Most Economical bowlers in IPL history. The criteria for selection that has been chosen is a minimum of 100 overs bowled by the bowler, in order to ensure that any one-season wonders or suprise entries dont merit a place in our countdown. Let’s take a look at the Top 5 Most Economical bowlers in IPL history.
5. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble has consistently proven that he is more than just a successful test match bowler. After a disastrous showing by the Royals Challengers Bangalore in the inaugral edition of the IPL, Kumble led from the front to inspire the team to the final of the second edition. With an impressive economy rate of 6.57, Kumble has an impressive strike rate picking up 45 wickets in the 160.5 overs he bowled for the RCB. He has also notched up two four wicket hauls, and a career best IPL figures of 5 for 5.
4. Lasith Malinga
Fourth in the list of SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 Most Economical bowlers in IPL history is Mumbai Indians speedster Lasith Malinga. Malinga has been hard to put away and the Sri Lankan pacer has maintained an economy rate of 6.54 in his 282.2 overs, which is pretty impressive considering the fact that he is usually preserved for the death overs. He is also the only bowler to scalp a century of wickets in the Indian Premier League. Talk about consistency!
3. Dale Steyn
Possibly the only bowler in the world who can win his team the match with the new ball as well as in the death overs, Dale Steyn‘s combination of ferocious pace and consistent line and lengths make him a destructive force in the shortest format of the game, In 266 overs in the IPL, the Steyn machine has helped himself to 78 wickets at an economy of 6.34 in just 69 matches, rattling the stumps of the top order and tailenders alike. He will once again be the key man if the Sunrisers Hyderabad are to make a late surge for a playoff berth.
2. Ravichandran Ashwin
Used frequently by his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni with the new ball, Ashwin has done a commendable job in restricting the flow of runs and picking up crucial wickets up front. He shares the same economy rate with Dale Steyn and has picked up 64 wickets in 67 matches in the IPL. Having used the IPL as a springboard to make an entry into the Indian setup, Ashwin would look to rediscover his form as the seventh edition of the IPL gathers steam.
1. Sunil Narine
Probably the most dominant bowler in the history of the IPL, Sunil Narine‘s 4 overs are nothing short of a torment on the opposition side. Narine has been consistently in the running for the Purple Cap and his ability to pick up vital wickets make him a contender this time around as well. Till the end of IPL VI, Narine had bowled 123.1 overs in the IPL picking up 47 wickets at an outstanding strike rate of 16 and an economy of 5.47. Those are impressive T20 figures, if ever there was one! Sunil Narine takes the 1st spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 Most Economical bowlers in IPL history.