The Indian Premier League is often considered to be a batsman’s paradise, but there have been so many bowlers who have chosen to rewrite the script in a batsman friendly format. In a format which is often unforgiving on the bowlers, and where reputations count for nothing, and bowlers are ought to be hit, a few men have let their deliveries do the talking and changed the complexion of the game. SPORTZWIKI takes a look at those bowling performances and brings to you the Top 5 Best bowling figures in the IPL.

5. Ravindra Jadeja v/s Deccan Chargers (now Sunrisers Hyderabad) – 4-0-16-5 on 7th April 2012.

Ravindra Jadeja has often sparkled with some wonderful bowling displays for the Chennai Super Kings in his time with the Yellow army, the best of which came against the Deccan Chargers when he took 5 wickets in his quota of 4 overs leaking just 16 runs in the process. An economy rate of just 4 runs per over, which is pretty much vintage Jadeja! Smart, handy and economical with the ball!

4. Lasith Malinga v/s Delhi Daredevils – 3.4-1-13-5 on 10th April 2011.

Lasith Malinga is not stranger to impressive bowling figures but his best performance in the IPl came against Delhi Daredevils in IPL IV, as the Sri Lanka’s premier fast bowler produced a scintillating performance with the ball with career best IPL figures of 5 for 13. Lasith Malinga takes the 4th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 Best bowling figures in the IPL.

3. Ishant Sharma v/s Kochi Tuskers Kerala – 3-0-12-5 on 27th April 2011.

Ishant Sharma had a forgettable start to his IPL career with the Kolkata Knight Riders but would find redemption with the Deccan Chargers as he looked to be returning to his best form in IPL IV, his best figures coming against the Kochi franchise. No better sight than watching an Indian fast bowler perform well in Indian conditions, is it?

2. Anil Kumble v/s Rajasthan Royals – 3.1-0-12-5 on 18th April 2009.

Anil Kumble proved to be a revelation of sorts for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second season of the IPL as he got decent bounce and purchase on the pitches in South Africa. And Jumbo’s best figures came against the then defending Champions Rajasthan Royals as he took 5 wickets to wrap up the Royals innings in style.

1. Sohail Tanvir v/s Chennai Super Kings – 4-0-14-6 on 4th May 2008.

Pakistan seamer Sohail Tanvir has a rather unusual action a round arm action combined with accuracy, pace and swing which proves to be a menace to handle for any batsman in the world. And Tanvir made his mark in his only IPL hurrah as he led the Rajasthan bowling line up to the IPL crown in the inaugral season. Sohail Tanvir is 1st in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 Best bowling figures in the IPL.